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California Closer To Establishing Own Net Neutrality Regulations

Matt Bigler
May 31, 2018 - 11:02 am

SACRAMENTO (KCBS Radio) - California is a big step closer to passing its own set of net neutrality rules, now that the State Senate has approved the legislation. That bill now moves to the state assembly. As KCBS Radio's Matt Bigler reports, supporters say the legislation will ensure a free and open Internet for residents.

By a vote of 23 to 12 the State Senate passed SB-822, a net neutrality bill. Described as the "gold standard" for such bills. It would prohibit Internet providers from blocking or throttling Internet traffic. The bill's author, State Senator Scott Wiener said this week he wished this legislation weren't necessary.

"I wish that the federal government would step in and just do its job. But the federal government is not doing that." Senator Wiener said. "So we need to step in for California just like other states are stepping in to protect their residents and their businesses access to the Internet."

Similar bills are being considered in New York, Washington and Montana. These state bills are opposed by telecom companies such as Comcast and AT&T. They argue it will lead to a patchwork of Internet laws across the nation that could lead to increased prices for consumers.

SB-822 now heads to the state assembly where committee hearings begin next month.