Boston College of Law professor Dan Lyons said federal lawmakers are key to settling the argument between the FCC and California and other states seeking to set up their own rules. The California law prevents broadband providers from slowing down or blocking websites, as well as charging higher fees for faster speeds. "Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. "Other states should follow California's lead, and Congress should pass the joint resolution to reverse the FCC's resoundingly unpopular repeal".
- A U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit could delay the rollout of California's toughest-in-the country net neutrality law, which is set to take effect January 1. The suit was filed on Sunday with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
State legislators began working on the bill when the Trump administration began to scale back net neutrality regulations a year ago, with many Democrats viewing the legislation as a victory against the White House.
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As Gizmodo reports, the bill-now the most far-reaching of its kind and considered the "gold standard" for state-level protections-"prohibits ISPs from intentionally congesting or degrading web traffic for the objective of imposing unreasonable fees on companies that connect users on ISP networks to other parts of the web, also known as interconnection".
The bill also required a $200,000 grant to the University of California and California State University systems to provide 24-hour phone service to abortion medication recipients, according to the report. However, most of these laws do not go against FCC regulations.
"While the Trump Administration does everything in its power to undermine our democracy, we in California will continue to do what's right for our residents", Wiener said in a statement.
California's net neutrality law may have been inspired by the problems they encountered during their horrific wildfires this summer. Well, we do. We'll fight you & win, just like we did when you sued us on protecting immigrants. Industry group US Telecom, which counts AT&T and Verizon among its members, issued a statement from president & CEO Jonathan Spalter, who said: "We all support strong and enforceable net neutrality protections for every American - regardless of where they may live".