California Passes Nation’s Toughest Net Neutrality Law, Bill Heads To Governor
After a hard-fought battle, the nation’s toughest “net neutrality” law passed in California on Friday and is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk — where a signature from the governor will restore tight internet regulations to the nation’s most important market.
The state Senate approved the bill 23-11 on Friday, a day after it passed in the State Assembly. The bill initially was approved by the Senate in May but had to return to the chamber Friday, the last day of the legislative session, after changes were made.
Gov. Brown’s office said he would not be commenting on SB 822. He has not taken a public position on net neutrality.
If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the law in the coming weeks, California will become the powerhouse in a growing group of states at odds with the Federal Communications Commission in a clash that could end up before the Supreme Court.
The bill seeks to turn California into the leader of a widening state-led backlash against the FCC, which did not respond to a request for comment. On Friday, the state Senate tallied enough votes to pass the legislation, though the official vote count would not be released until later in the evening. The state assembly approved a version Thursday.
In some of its provisions, the California bill goes even further than the national rules the FCC repealed, taking an expansive view of the broadband industry’s public obligations.
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