U.S. Justice Department Sues California Over Net Neutrality Law

Saul Franklin
October 2, 2018

The bill, which seeks to revive regulations repealed previous year by the Federal Communications Commission, was signed by Gov.

This law prohibits ISPs from blocking or slowing down access to websites and other services.

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. Jerry Brown speaks at a forum in Sacramento, Calif.

- A U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit could delay the rollout of California's toughest-in-the country net neutrality law, which is set to take effect January 1.

California's law seeks to reinstate those rules.

A new law requires publicly traded companies headquartered in California, including Facebook and Google, to include women on their board of directors.

They had cheered California's attempt to force the Obama-era rules back into effect through state legislation.

The move has now resulted in the United States Justice Department filing a suit against the state, Reuters reported.

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A number of other U.S. states would also like to implement their own rules to protect net neutrality, although the FCC's decision clearly forbids such moves.

Three states - Oregon, Washington and Vermont - passed their own net neutrality bills ahead of California, though none of them were as strict.

"Despite their army of lobbyists and millions spent lining the pockets of legislators, these companies continue to lose ground in the face of overwhelming cross-partisan opposition to their greedy attacks on our Internet freedom".

The bill also required a $200,000 grant to the University of California and California State University systems to provide 24-hour phone service to abortion medication recipients, according to the report.

"We've been down this road before: when Trump and Sessions sued California and claimed we lacked the power to protect immigrants".

However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions quickly reiterated the federal government is the only authority that can rule on net neutrality policies. "It's also about ensuring a level playing field for ideas and for businesses trying to compete".

As Gizmodo reports, the bill-now the most far-reaching of its kind and considered the "gold standard" for state-level protections-"prohibits ISPs from intentionally congesting or degrading web traffic for the goal of imposing unreasonable fees on companies that connect users on ISP networks to other parts of the web, also known as interconnection".

"I am hopeful that our incoming Legislature and governor will agree that the right to choose isn't just a slogan, but rather a commitment to improving true access to abortion for students across California", she said in a statement.

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