California lawmakers send strict ‘net neutrality’ laws to governor

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California lawmakers passed the nation's toughest net neutrality protections late Friday.

While its fate is still in the hands of Governor Jerry Brown, California's Senate has voted on and approved a net neutrality bill that is being called the strongest in the nation. Though Governor Brown has not yet signed the legislation, many in the state government approve of the bill, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. It would bar providers from collecting new fees from apps and sites as a condition of reaching internet users.

A vote in the state Senate could potentially occur as early as today, as the Verge points out, because today is the last day it can pass legislation until next year.

"Governor Brown should use his veto pen on this legislation, and Congress should step in to legislate and provide consumer protections that will resolve this issue once and for all", said Jonathan Spalter, president and chief executive of USTelecom, a Washington-based lobby group.

But the current FCC, led by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai, repealed those regulations in June, with Pai calling them "heavy-handed".

The advance of the California bill comes amid growing momentum to overturn the FCC repeal.

"SB822 sets the standard for other states to follow".

Blockchain, the electronic ledger technology being eyed by several states, could see some private-sector availability next year in California along with some state-level scrutiny, as two bills centered on the topic near Gov.

The group, the Legislature specified, should include the state CIO or a designee; the state director of finance or a designee; three other state agency CIOs; one member each from the Senate and the Assembly; and 13 appointees. 1906 by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D), won a final vote of 48-14 in the Assembly Aug. 30 to accept Senate amendments.

The bill would become California's second major internet law passed in the last few months, The New York Times said. The bill also tasks the state attorney general with evaluating potential evasion of the net neutrality rules on a case-by-case basis.

Before SB 822's passage, net neutrality advocates spotted robocalls being made to senior citizens to try and convince them to speak up against internet protections like the ones in the bill. "And they're not going to let their elected officials get away with it if they sell out their constituents by siding with big telecom companies".

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