The Trump administration said on Sunday, they will sue California over toughest net neutrality law that ever approved in the United States, according to the Washington Post. The lawsuit was announced by representatives of the Justice Department and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
On Sunday, California becomes the world’s largest state to adopt its own rules that require internet providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to treat all the web traffic equally. The Justice Department lawsuit is like a key test of federal government net neutrality legislation which establishes whether states have any right to approve their own rules that go against those imposed at the national level.
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a bill reinstating Obama-era open-internet rules in the state, and the Justice Department responded almost immediately with a lawsuit seeking to overturn the law.
In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the federal government, not the states, should oversee the internet, and California had “enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy.”
Moreover, California is not the only state who wants to restore Neutrality law, The National Conference of State Legislatures states that legislators from 30 state have announced over 72 bills around various net neutrality principles, on 27th August. Governers in six states have already signed orders Oregon, Vermont, and Washington have also adopted their own net neutrality rules following the FCC’s reversal.
In response to the Justice Department suit, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said:
“While the Trump Administration does everything in its power to undermine our democracy, we in California will continue to do what’s right for our residents,” said the bill’s sponsor, California Senator Scott Wiener. “Net neutrality, at its core, is the basic notion that we each get to decide where we go on the internet, as opposed to having that decision made for us by internet service providers. It’s also about ensuring a level playing field for ideas and for businesses trying to compete.”
Too, this legal clash might raise tensions in the coming time, just weeks before voters cast ballots in the midterm elections.