After many months of committee proceedings, the California state assembly has passed the net neutrality law in the US, on Thursday. The Senate passed Bill 822 that the citizens will soon be able to exercise strongest net neutrality protection in the country.
“Today’s vote is a huge win for Californians everywhere,” State Senator Scott Wiener, the bill’s principal author speaks with Gizmodo.
The legislation passed in a 59-18 vote it will now go to Senate for a final vote which is expected next week, after that it would go to Governor Jerry Brown. California is the biggest state to pass the net neutrality bill in reply to the Republicans led by FCC, who has tried to demolish all the existing rules and laws. Moreover, the bill will restrict internet providers to blocking or throttling traffic, or from selling speedier access to consumers. But the passed legislation is more strict than the previous FCC rules.
As it limits internet providers from charging access fees to websites in order to connect with their customers, and it also bans some types of zero rating offerings. In accordance with the law firms like AT&T and Verizon which don’t add affiliated content. Democrat State Sen. Scott Wiener authored the bill in which 55 Democrats and six Republicans have voted for the legislation to pass.
Later, the bill being able to gain acceptance when reports come that Verizon slowed the speed of the Santa Clara County Fire Department’s data, it had stopped communications for a while as to fight wildfires. Verizon said it was a mere incident due to customer service mistake and it had nothing to do with the neutrality bill.
Not forget to mention, California is not the first state to take action on net neutrality, two states have already passed this bill while others just passed orders of applying it on a small scale. On contrary, California rules are strict that might can generate a fight or chaos in future.