California lawmakers have passed the US' toughest net neutrality law to prevent internet providers from favouring certain websites, setting up a fight with federal regulators who voted a year ago to erase such rules. From there, it is on to the desk of California governor Jerry Brown, who is widely expected to sign it into law.
The bill stops Internet service providers from blocking or slowing down certain websites or "classes of applications", like video.
The California bill is being viewed as even stronger and more consumer-friendly than the original measures carried out by the former President Barack Obama's administration and abolished in December by President Donald Trump-era's Federal Communications Commission (FCC), The New York Times reported. Jerry Brown for signature. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat who sponsored a bill to drive gun shows from the state-owned Cow Palace.
"Internet users are still royally pissed off about the FCC's repeal".
The law would be the strictest for internet providers in the United States, and put California at odds with the federal government.
The California Legislature has approved a measure allowing higher electricity bills to pay off lawsuits stemming from last year's deadly wildfires. Industry groups are urging Governor Brown to veto the bill.
The bill was opposed by internet service providers and some chambers of commerce, which prefer federal regulations because they say state-by-state rules can be confusing and tough to implement. "This Bill would set a tremendous precedent, with the power to shape the internet market not just in California but across the country for the betterment of consumers", Jonathan Schwantes, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, said in a statement.
Consumer groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a number of smaller tech companies including Etsy, Reddit and Sonos lined up in favor of the bill. The rules prevented internet companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.
"Big ISPs spent millions on campaign contributions, lobbyists and dark ads on social networks", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, "but in the end it was no match for the passion and dedication of net neutrality supporters using the internet to sound the alarm and mobilize".