California Legislature Moving to Pass Super Net Neutrality

CyberThe California Senate passed a super “Net Neutrality” law just as the Obama-era regulation of the Internet is set to be expire on April 23.

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ARS Technica reported California Senate Bill SB 822 was passed out of Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications on an 8-3 vote this week to prohibit Internet service providers (ISP) like AT&T and Spectrum from charging fees to “edge providers” that supply content to “end users” that are the recipients of content.

The bill goes farther than the federal regulatory effort because of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), according to the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

CLRA allows California lawyers to form class action lawsuits to sue corporations to enjoin methods, acts, or practices; restitution of property; punitive damages; court costs and attorney’s fees; and any other relief that the court deems proper. What makes it a wildly profitable business for ambulance chasers is the structure that plaintiff attorney’s fees are recoverable, but defendant’s attorney costs are usually not recoverable.

Net neutrality has always sounded user friendly in forcing Internet service providers (ISP)s to not slow down, speed up, or block data as it is routed from its content originator to end users, but it was lobbying by Silicon Valley companies to the tune of $139.5 millionin 2014 that led to regulating the Internet under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, making ISPs public utilities subject to the iron grip of theFederal Communications Commission (FCC).

But in the highly competitive free market of multiple ISPs, consumers can easily flip vendors. AT&T’s blocking of Apple’s FaceTime video chat application on iPhones in 2012 and 2013 for eating up too much bandwidth capacity led to massive amounts of defections to other ISP’s. AT&T was forced to increase capacity and allow unlimited FaceTime.

California’s net neutrality would go much further than the FCC rules by being more restrictive of paid prioritization and zero-rating, which allow consumers to access certain Internet content and services without it counting against their monthly data plans.

Democrat-dominated Washington and Oregon have already passed their own net neutrality laws after the December 2017 FCC repeal vote. Vermont, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, and New York governors have issued executive orders that impose net neutrality rules on ISPs that provide Internet service to any state government agencies.

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  1. California residents will pay the price again. Get ready for higher Internet rates and added taxes. Just another revenue grab by your state government

  2. The CAPTIVE says

    This is like a net pulling the users closer and closer to NO FREE SPEECH. If you pay these taxes then they can regulate you more and more and THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING. IT is wrong! American ingenuity needs to surface and try to evade this WRONG DOING!

  3. Really??? says

    Again the state of Kalif. ignores the Constitution and the interstate commerce clause.

    Brown and the Legislature cannot nullify the Constitution, but as the Confederate States tried and caused a fratricidal war of attrition.

    Hey Democrats are you willing to take up arms (oh that is right you do not believe in them)???????

    The State is filing lawsuits against providers who operate their companies in compliance with Federal FCC and Interstate Commerce rules and laws? In other words they are willing to bully companies with our tax dollars!

    Arrogance thy name is Democrat.

  4. Let the Net Neutrality Nuts live in their own little universe, completely divorced from the rest of humanity – and don’t be surprised when it collapses around you or call out to the rest of us for help.

  5. Bogiewheel says

    Why is it that the United States is so lacking in internet service…..The
    South Koreans beat us hands down.

  6. showandtell says

    This is insanity. The goal of these people is to put us into a bubble of information of THEIR choosing. Why do you think these toxic “leaders” are so on fire to do it, after all? “Net Neutrality” my eye, it’s the opposite

  7. Skeptical says

    The state of California has no authority to impose any regulation on interstate communication……like mail, for example. Goes for the Internet too. Lawsuit time?

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