Jerry Brown has approved the nation's strongest net neutrality law, prompting an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over regulating the internet. Broadband companies and then-FCC board member Ajit Pai - who was appointed as chairman of the commission in 2017 - opposed net neutrality in 2015 arguing that it prevented the opportunity for investment in broadband companies and stifled innovation. The Department of Justice on Sunday night sued California over its new new neutrality law.
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. In light of the FCC's more recent deregulatory order, federal officials are asking for California's net neutrality law to be invalidated, and industry groups are expected to join the effort.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit. He thought that he if failed to regulate the telcos they could make lots of money extorting cash out of heavy internet users.
Jerry Brown vetoed a bill on Sunday that would have mandated California public universities to provide abortion pills, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
USTelecom, a telecommunications trade group, said California writing its own rules will create problems.
Meanwhile, the law takes effect on January 1st, and supporters of the bill in California cheered as news of its passage was disseminated.
"Courts have consistently held that when the federal government lacks authority to regulate, it can not preempt states from regulating", said Andrew Schwartzman, a lecturer in public interest law at Georgetown University. An identical bill was introduced in NY.
"Sessions and his boss Donald Trump aren't satisfied with the federal government repealing net neutrality". "When all is said and done, Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are going to wish they'd never picked a fight with Internet over net neutrality".
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is challenging the FCC's repeal in court along with other states, said in a statement, "Here in California - a state that is home to countless start-ups and technology giants alike - we know that a handful of powerful companies should not dictate the sources for the information we seek or the speed at which our websites load".
Tech leaders should be on the lookout for a shift of regulatory power.
It's meant to replace federal rules to the same effect that were repealed last December.