Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

DOJ Sues CA Over New Law Protecting Discarded Net Neutrality Rules

DOJ Sues CA Over New Law Protecting Discarded Net Neutrality Rules

That action led to a backlash in a number of states, which have sought to pass their own rules of the road for internet service. The California law prevents broadband providers from slowing down or blocking websites, as well as charging higher fees for faster speeds. Attorney General Jeff Sessions countered Becerra' argument and insisted that, "States do not regulate interstate commerce- the federal government does".

In response, the California attorney general and 21 other state attorneys general filed a lawsuit in January in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to invalidate the FCC rollback. Jerry Brown on Sunday. As far as the Justice Department is concerned, California's new law is an attempt to subvert the federal government's deregulatory approach. The lawsuit will decide whether federal or state governments can enact laws that affect national telecommunication companies.

The lawsuit filed Sunday by the U.S. Department of Justice came roughly an hour after Gov.

Oregon, Washington and Vermont have approved legislation related to net neutrality, but California's measure is seen as the most comprehensive attempt to codify the principle in a way that might survive a likely court challenge.

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Judge has said in written statements that he does not recall the incident; Senate Republicans declined to call him to testify. Kavanaugh has already denied four allegations against him in sworn testimony under the penalty of perjury.

According to the LA Times, California state AG Xavier Bacerra said the state is prepared to defend its new law, and that it would need additional funding and staff to implement the regulations. The new law aims to protect internet safeguards implemented by the Obama administration, which were rolled back by the FCC previous year.

"Gov. Jerry Brown has just restored a free and open internet to the 40 million people of California - the world's fifth largest economy and home to many major tech companies".

The Trump administration's net neutrality repeal was a win for providers like Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, but it was opposed by internet companies like Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc. However, most of these laws do not go against FCC regulations. According to the National Conference of State Legislators, almost one hundred bills and resolutions have been introduced throughout the United States.

"While the Trump Administration does everything in its power to undermine our democracy, we in California will continue to do what's right for our residents", Wiener said in a statement. And it's a beacon of hope for Internet users everywhere who are fighting for the basic right to express themselves and access information without cable and phone companies controlling what they can see and do online." said Evan Greer (pronouns: "she/her), deputy director of Fight for the Future, the digital rights group that played a leading role in passing SB 822 and bringing national attention to the bill.

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