The senate voted to save net neutrality back in May after the Federal Communications Commission led by Trump-appointee Ajit Pai repealed Obama-era regulations past year. He has until September 30 to veto the bill or sign it into law. Jerry Brown that would prevent broadband and wireless companies from favoring some web sites over others by charging for faster speeds and from blocking, throttling or otherwise hindering access to content.
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.
The bill went before a Senate vote on Friday and was approved 23-11. Jerry Brown's desk, where a signature from the governor will restore tight internet regulations to the nation's most important market. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, pitched the repeal as a way to stop the federal government from "micromanaging the internet".
The advance of the California bill comes amid growing momentum to overturn the FCC repeal. To opponents, the rules represented burdensome, harsh regulations on companies; for proponents, they were strong and necessary protections for consumers.
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The bill was passed in the state Senate yesterday with a vote of 23-11, reports the Verge. Many fear the "cabelisation of the internet" that would occur under the absence of net neutrality. It would have denied public contracts to companies that fail to follow the new state internet rules, but it sunk amid opposition over last-minute amendments.
Internet providers also argue it could lead to higher prices for consumers.
"Our country is awash in guns, and schoolchildren are dying", said state Sen. However, because changes were made in the Assembly, the Senate must vote on the legislation again. They call it a bailout of Pacific Gas & Electric company.
The legislation "requires publicly traded corporations to satisfy quotas regarding the number of women on its board or face significant penalties, which is likely unconstitutional, a violation of California's Civil Rights statute, and a violation of the internal affairs doctrine for publicly held corporations", the statement says.