California governor signs tough net neutrality bill, and Justice Dept. sues

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Senator Scott Weiner, who introduced the proposal in the state assembly, believes that California can defend itself - and the bill - in court, citing past skirmishes against the Trump administration with regards to immigration policies.

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a #NetNeutrality bill.

California and the Trump administration are feuding over the state's new internet neutrality law that aims to ensure a level playing field on the internet.

It prohibits internet providers from blocking or slowing data based on content or from favoring websites or video streams from companies that pay extra.

The Justice Department's case boils down to one central point: Under the Constitution, it's the federal government whose policies must take priority over state law.

"It's a beacon of hope for Internet users everywhere who are fighting for the basic right to express themselves and access information without cable and phone companies controlling what they can see and do online", Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, a digital rights group, said in a statement.

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A prison spokesperson at the time said "all property discrepancies are being reviewed and are in the process of being resolved". Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual, and that he gave her the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to relax.

In the complaint, the Justice Department argues that the 2018 order preempts "any state or local measures that would effectively impose rules or requirements that [the FCC] had repealed".

The DOJ is not the only ones moving to stop this new law. USTelecom, which represents companies in the broadband sector, said it supports net neutrality but disagreed with the California law.

State legislators began working on the bill when the Trump administration began to scale back net neutrality regulations a year ago, with many Democrats viewing the legislation as a victory against the White House. The new rules went into effect in June. They say it's unrealistic to expect them to comply with internet regulations that differ from state to state. Now the Department of Justice is suing California saying their new net neutrality law breaks federal law.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who led the effort to reverse net neutrality, said in a statement on Sunday that "not only is California's internet regulation law illegal, it also hurts consumers". The majority of Americans want the rules to return, and many states are attempting to legislate net neutrality. But after howls of outrage online from the grassroots, the bill later passed with all the key protections Since California is the world's fifth leading economy, SB 822 has implications for the entire nation.

But to justify the law, California would also need to prove that its existing laws and powers aren't enough to protect consumer welfare on net neutrality, said Berin Szóka, president of the think tank TechFreedom and a critic of the legislation.

Internet giants Amazon, Facebook and Google are among the supporters of net neutrality.

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