U.S. Justice Department Sues California Over Net Neutrality Law

01 October, 2018, 22:42 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • DOJ's lawsuit may delay California's new net neutrality law

Gen. Jeff Sessions said in a statement Sunday.

He added, "once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy".

Oregon, Washington, Vermont and NY have also introduced net neutrality legislation, however, the Department of Justice has yet to take legal action.

Jerry Brown has signed into law the strictest set of net neutrality protections ever seen in the US.

The US justice department has sued the state of California, just hours after the state's governor, Jerry Brown, signed legislation to restore internet protections known as net neutrality.

In March, Brown accused the Trump administration of essentially declaring war on the most populous USA state after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, prohibits internet providers from blocking or slowing data based on content or from favoring websites or video streams from companies that pay extra.

In January, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra pushed back against the FCC's repeal of net neutrality, along with 21 other states.

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"Sessions and his boss Donald Trump aren't satisfied with the federal government repealing net neutrality".

FCC chairman Ajit Pai described California's law as illegal and bad for consumers.

California's law seeks to reinstate those rules. Finally, the bill also makes sure that Californians are protected from mega-corporations like the newly minted AT&T-TimeWarner who want to push their content and services on subscribers, while harming all other speakers and companies on the internet.

"An agency that has no power to regulate has no power to preempt the states", she said.

The law was passed in response to the Republican-led FCC's move in December to repeal most of their net neutrality rules, on the rationale that the regulations were stifling investment. And it's a beacon of hope for Internet users everywhere who are fighting for the basic right to express themselves and access information without cable and phone companies controlling what they can see and do online." said Evan Greer (pronouns: "she/her), deputy director of Fight for the Future, the digital rights group that played a leading role in passing SB 822 and bringing national attention to the bill. "We are confident that we will prevail in this case -because the facts are on our side".

But to justify the law, California would also need to prove that its existing laws and powers aren't enough to protect consumer welfare on net neutrality, said Berin Szóka, president of the think tank TechFreedom and a critic of the legislation.

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