California lawmakers send strict 'net neutrality' laws to governor

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California lawmakers moved on Thursday toward imposing the nation's strictest net neutrality laws on internet providers, flying in the face of sweeping new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules seen as a win for the companies.

Brown, who has 30 days to sign the measure, is already facing pressure from the telecom industry to veto the bill, so open internet advocates are warning Californians to remain vigilant and keep up the pressure. It prohibits internet providers from charging access fees to websites to connect to their customers, and it bans certain types of "zero rating" offerings.

Members of the California Assembly voted 58-17 to send the bill to their colleagues in the state Senate, who have until midnight to pass so-called SB 822 on the final day of the legislative session or wait until next year.

The legislation will now proceed to the governor's desk for a signature in the coming weeks.

The bill, written by Democratic Sen.

Internet service providers echoed Pai's language about regulatory measures, calling California's bill "heavy-handed".

"Today was a landmark in the fight to preserve a free and open Internet", Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick wrote.

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"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".

Assembly Bill 2658, authored by the body's Majority Leader Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, cleared the Assembly on August 27 and is headed to the governor. They are sponsored by Common Sense Kids Action and have support from the Consumer Federation of America, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, among others. Allowing corporations to utilize a more secure technology will increase consumer protection and help prevent cases of fraud.

"The internet must be governed by a single, uniform and consistent national policy framework, not state-by-state piecemeal approaches", said Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO of USTelecom, a trade group representing broadband companies.

But consumer groups and internet websites have been waging an effort in states to revive rules.

The Assembly's vote followed months of intense lobbying from internet companies, which warned that it would lead to higher costs.

Lawmakers in California are sending legislation to Gov. "This legislation is the gold standard for net neutrality protections, and passed thanks to the enormous grassroots push for the bill".

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