‘Gold standard’ net neutrality bill takes huge step forward in California

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"We have just one final vote left to go to get the strongest net neutrality protections in the nation passed out of the legislature and onto the governor's desk", state Senator Scott Wiener, the bill's author, said in a statement.

The Assembly on Thursday voted 61-18 to pass what has been called the most comprehensive net neutrality bill in the nation, an answer to the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of Obama-era regulations. If Brown signs it by September 30, it would establish a working group on blockchain by July 1, 2019, to study the technology's uses, risks, benefits and legal implications for state government and the private sector, with input from stakeholders.

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.

Going into the legislative session this week, it was unclear whether the measure would get 41 votes, the minimum required to pass. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, and Republicans have called for an end to the utility-like oversight of internet service providers.

Telecommunications industry groups including the California Cable and Telecommunications Association and the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association opposed the legislation.

"The internet must be governed by a single, uniform and consistent national policy framework, not state-by-state piecemeal approaches", said Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO of USTelecom, a trade group representing broadband companies.

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"This should send a message to other states as well as to members of Congress, Americans are serious about the importance of net neutrality, and are ready and willing to fight for their right to create, communicate, and engage online without giant ISPs serving as gatekeepers", Stevenson said in a statement.

Blockchain, the electronic ledger technology being eyed by several states, could see some private-sector availability next year in California along with some state-level scrutiny, as two bills centered on the topic near Gov.

After passing in the Assembly on Wednesday, SB-826 breezed easily through the Senate yesterday.

The Assembly's vote followed months of intense lobbying from internet companies, which warned that it would lead to higher costs.

California's laws have enormous influence across the country. It gave California internet users the ability to know what information a company like Facebook or Google was collecting, and how it was being used and shared with third parties.

Lawmakers in California are sending legislation to Gov. "They're still paying attention".

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