Last year FCC decided to revoke the Net neutrality bill because it was the most criticized and an unpopular decision in the history of the internet. The decision not only receive a public backlash but also prompted different states to quickly begin in search of new state-level alternatives in the wake of the FCC’s retreat. Alternatively, to fight on the federal level, telecom giants like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast have to keep their state-level efforts high in order to keep in power.
Now, Lawmakers are sending their legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown that will put Net neutrality into state law. The Senate voted to pass the law on Friday, The state Senate vote was 27-12 with all Democrats and only one Republican voted in favor.
“We passed the strongest net neutrality standards in the nation,” San Francisco Democrat Scott Wiener, who co-wrote the bill, said in a statement.
State Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat, said that, “when Donald Trump’s FCC decided to take a wrecking ball to net neutrality protections, we knew that California had to step in to ensure our residents have access to a free and open internet.”
The bill will stop the internet service providers from banning or slowing down some websites like its bans paid prioritization which is also called fast lanes where websites pay more to faster access of the site. The bill stops internet providers to use zero ratings when firms spared users traffic from counting against a customer’s data usage.
State senator Wiener hopes that the California net potential new rules could also be imposed on the national level. Whereas the telecom members still fighting against the federal board and net neutrality legislation, telecom members said that they will sue the state and local government that try to authorize such laws.