California’s Senate Just Passed One of The Toughest Net Neutrality Laws

Today one of the toughest Net Neutrality bill currently being considered in the United States passed through California’s Senate. This puts the bill about halfway to becoming law in the state of California.

Senate Bill 822 would prohibition slowing down or blocking access to content and a ban on zero-rating. The zero-rating ban would be the harshest net neutrality rule yet imposed even the FCC did not ban zero-rating on wireless carriers. This would put an end for example to AT&T’s unlimited data if you use DIRECTV NOW.

“California can — and must — step up to re-establish the Obama-era net neutrality rules to protect consumers and our democracy,” said Senator Wiener in a statement. “Yesterday, the Trump Administration’s repeal of net neutrality went into effect, leaving people all across our country vulnerable to internet access manipulation by corporations looking to benefit shareholders and bottom lines. The good news is that SB 822 has support from a diverse and growing coalition, and we can win the fight to bring back net neutrality for California residents.”

As you would expect large internet service providers, like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, oppose the California Net Neutrality law. While they say they still support the basic idea of net neutrality, they argue for bans on things like zero-rating and paid-priority.

The next vote on the California Net Neutrality bill will happen next week States’s State Assembly. Currently, it faces a deadline for passage of August 31st, 2018. After that Governor Jerry Brown will have 30 days to sign or veto the bell and is expected to sign the bill.

Source: Fast Company

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