Net neutrality advocates worry that, absent rules prohibiting it, internet providers could create fast lanes and slow lanes that favor their own sites and apps or make it harder for consumers to see content from their competitors.
The Trump FCC's repeal of the 2015 Open Internet order - which was approved previous year and took effect this summer - has sparked efforts by many USA states to enact their own rules to prohibit the blocking or throttling of internet traffic.
More than 20 states are suing the FCC to overturn the agency's decision on net neutrality. Broadband-industry-backed groups such as CALinnovates and the Congress of California Seniors argued against it. "We support an open internet, but this bill move us no closer to that".
The FCC did not reply to a request for comment.
While California would be the first state in the nation to adopt such a measure, other countries, including Norway and Germany, have similar policies.More news: Microsoft Announces ‘All Access’ Xbox For Gamers On Low Budget
"New York has already committed to follow what California does", Ernesto Falcon, legislative counsel for internet advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, said Thursday. Opponents of net neutrality have long said they favor less regulation.
Net neutrality was in the national spotlight last week when Verizon was reported to have slowed the speed of the Santa Clara County Fire Department's wireless data. This certainly means a number of court battles are coming. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Restoring Internet Freedom Order went into effect in June and its supporters said the internet could "flourish" again like before the 2015 net neutrality regulation went into place.
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"Consumers expect a single, national approach to keeping our internet open, not the confusing patchwork of conflicting requirements passed today", Jonathan Spalter, CEO at trade group USTelecom, said yesterday after the Assembly vote. Many telecommunication companies want to reserve the right to stratify their business packages.
"If there's one thing this victory in California shows it's that Internet users are still royally pissed off about the FCC's repeal of net neutrality".