DOJ Sues CA Over New Law Protecting Discarded Net Neutrality Rules

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill requiring California corporate boards to include women

"California, however, seeks to second-guess the Federal Government's regulatory approach by enacting SB-822", the complaint reads.

Supporters of Net Neutrality, Toyah and Lance Brown Eyes, protest the FCC's decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles, California, November 28, 2017. California was also the largest state to impose their own net neutrality regulations.

Advocates of net neutrality hope California's law, which Brown signed Sunday to stop internet providers from favoring certain content or websites, will push Congress to enact national rules or encourage other states to create their own.

The bill signed by Brown highlighted a six-year study conducted by Credit Suisse of more than 2,000 companies worldwide that showed having women on boards was linked to improved business performance for key metrics, including stock performance.

But the Justice Department said the law runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution, which gives the federal government the power to set rules for interstate commerce - and that, they said, means the internet.

Pai said he was "pleased" to see the federal government's lawsuit, and 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". It also specifically prohibits ISPs from charging online services access fees to reach customers, otherwise known as paid prioritization.

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Yesterday one of the toughest net neutrality bills now being considered in the United States was signed into law by the Governor of California.

In January, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra pushed back against the FCC's repeal of net neutrality, along with 21 other states. Look for them to try to challenge this new law in court before it takes effect later this year.

"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.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit appeared to rule on the preemption issue last month, when it held that the FCC's change of heart on net neutrality prevented Minnesota officials from regulating voice-over-IP services in the state.

Disregarding the clear popular support for such protections and showing its commitment to seeing net neutrality destroyed, the Trump administration immediately sued California after Gov. Of course, US carriers were not celebrating. Brown called the bill "unnecessary", noting that abortions are a "long-protected right in California".

"California should focus on ensuring that its [attorney general] can deploy that existing authority effectively, rather than wasting everyone's time on a lawsuit the state is sure to lose", Szóka said.

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