As of now 30 total states have introduced bills to save net neutrality, as well as state governors in NY and Montana signing executive orders to ensure that communications providers must treat all data on the internet equally.
In June, the FCC under President Donald Trump repealed rules adopted during the Obama administration that barred internet service providers from blocking content or charging more for access, a move meant to establish a more level playing field or "net neutrality".
In the latest effort by California lawmakers to drive national policy and rebuff President Donald Trump, lawmakers approved one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to revive regulations repealed a year ago by the Federal Communications Commission. Look for them to try to challenge this new law in court.
After Pai was appointed by President Donald Trump a year ago to head the FCC, one of his first acts was a plan to roll back the Obama-era regulations. Nevertheless, the sway companies such as AT&T and Verizon have over lawmakers, in the end, could not compete with the outpouring of support from California residents, who are equally fired up about this issue.
Mr. Brown has not indicated if he will sign the bill, and a spokesperson for the governor did not immediately return an email seeking comment. "The Trump administration destroyed the internet as we know it".
California lawmakers just passed Senate Bill 905, which could allow bars in nine California cities to serve alcohol until 4 AM instead of 2 AM. Almost three dozen states have introduced bills to replace the defunct regulations, and three states have already approved them.
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. Supporters of net neutrality rules have been fighting the FCC's ruling on multiple fronts.
"If there's one thing this victory in California shows it's that Internet users are still royally pissed off about the FCC's repeal of net neutrality. 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".
This is the second time California passed a major law regulating the internet this year.
California similarly took the regulatory lead in passing a sweeping online privacy law in June - something the federal government has not been able to do.