California lawmakers send strict 'net neutrality' laws to governor

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California lawmakers have passed the US' toughest net neutrality law to prevent internet providers from favouring certain websites, setting up a fight with federal regulators who voted a year ago to erase such rules.

California lawmakers have voted to make net neutrality state law, becoming the latest of several states to approve such measures.

Brown, who has 30 days to sign the measure, is already facing pressure from the telecom industry to veto the bill, so open internet advocates are warning Californians to remain vigilant and keep up the pressure. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, would prohibit internet providers from blocking or slowing data based on its content or from favoring websites or video streams from companies that pay extra. On Wednesday, the State Assembly passed a bill-the first of its kind in the US -that would require such companies to change that.

"Internet users are still royally pissed off about the FCC's repeal". He said the new bill "undercuts California's long history as a vibrant catalyst for innovation and technology".

The bill, written by Democratic Sen. SB 822 is the only state-level bill that truly restores all the 2015 net neutrality protections. The state Assembly approved a version Thursday.

After Pai was appointed by President Donald Trump past year to head the FCC, one of his first acts was a plan to roll back the Obama-era regulations.

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. They are sponsored by Common Sense Kids Action and have support from the Consumer Federation of America, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, among others. Broadband-industry-backed groups such as CALinnovates and the Congress of California Seniors argued against it.

Without strong rules, say companies such as Eventbrite and Vimeo, internet providers could engage in anticompetitive behavior that harms smaller online companies, reducing consumer choices.

Internet-connected devices sold in California, such as thermostats, televisions, and security cameras, would need reasonable security features by January 2020 under two bills headed to Gov. They call it a bailout of Pacific Gas & Electric company.

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