California Fights Back to Protect Net Neutrality

Do you agree with net neutrality? The justice department is suing California after Governor Jerry Brown set to protect net neutrality in the state by signing SB-822.

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According to Dictionary.com, net neutrality is “the principle that Internet providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.” With the 2015 FCC net neutrality order now rescinded, Internet service providers now have no restraints with what they can do to their users’ Internet channels on the federal level. However, many states are acting on their own to protect net neutrality.

A net neutrality bill, SB-822, is now state law in California after being signed by Governor Jerry Brown, but the Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against it, according to Engadget. FCC chairman Ajit Pai has called the bill “illegal,” and the Justice Department claims the bill “unlawfully imposes burdens on the Federal Government’s deregulatory approach to the Internet.” With this opposition, there is sure to be a fight between the state and federal government.

Pai supported the Justice Department’s lawsuit, explaining that, “The Internet is free and open today, and it will continue to be under the light-touch protections of the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order.”

Scott Weiner, SB-822’s sponsor said in a statement that, “Like the 2015 Order, SB-822 ensures that Californians, not the companies they pay to get online, get to be in control of what sites, apps and services they use. SB-822 bans ISPs from blocking, throttling, and charging websites fees for access to the ISP’s subscribers or for fast lanes, which will protect California’s economic growth, innovation economy and democratic engagement.”

Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon are opposed to the bill. US Telecom 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. But this bill is neither the way to get there, nor will it help advance the promise and potential of California’s innovation DNA. Rather than 50 states stepping in with their own conflicting open internet solutions, we need Congress to step up with a national framework for the whole internet ecosystem and resolve this issue once and for all.”

Do you agree with net neutrality? Read more about this story on Engadget here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Do you agree with net neutrality?

Totals
23% Y – protect our Internet
77% N – less regulation
Males
21% Y – protect our Internet
79% N – less regulation
Females
26% Y – protect our Internet
74% N – less regulation

Y – protect our Internet

N – less regulation


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