Consumer advocates and large energy users have blasted the legislation as a bailout for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which expects to pay billions of dollars due to fires started by the company's equipment in Northern California last October.
"It would have huge implications for the US, because California is so central to all things Net and is the world's eighth-largest economy", said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond. If things go that far, it's expected to set up a legal challenge by the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, pitched the repeal as a way to stop the federal government from "micromanaging the internet".
On Friday, proponents hailed the passage as a landmark move toward fair and free access to the internet, saying other states were sure to follow.
Scott Wiener and is meant to prevent internet service providers (ISP) from changing how they handle traffic based on the websites visited.The bill prohibits ISPs from purposefully blocking legal content, "engaging in third-party paid prioritization" and intentionally concealing information about network management practices, among other things. For example, a company could not give free speedy access to its own streaming service but slow down Netflix.
The rules, enacted in February 2015 and ended in June, barred broadband and wireless companies such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon from selling faster delivery of some data, slowing speeds for certain content or favoring selected web sites over others.
Passing via a 59-18 vote, the California bill, authored by Democratic State Senator Scott Wiener, now heads to a Senate vote and then ultimately to Governor Jerry Brown (D).
The bills are joined together, so that both must be signed by Gov.
Telecommunications industry groups including the California Cable and Telecommunications Association and the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association opposed the legislation.
"Consumers expect a single, national approach to keeping our internet open, not the confusing patchwork of conflicting requirements passed today", said Jonathan Spalter, president at USTelecom, an industry group for telephone companies across the US. The new measure is headed for the governor, Jerry Brown's, desk.
Internet providers also argue it could lead to higher prices for consumers. The court is already weighing whether to hear an unrelated lawsuit on net neutrality. It would have charged between 20 cents and 80 cents per phone line, replacing an existing fee that generally charges more for landlines than cellphones.
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