New California internet neutrality law sparks USA lawsuit

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"The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our Constitutional order".

Advocates of net neutrality hope California's law will push Congress to enact national rules or encourage other states to create their own. Of course, US carriers were not celebrating.

Jerry Brown signed the nation's toughest net neutrality measure Sunday, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online.

Stanford University law professor Barbara van Schewick said the law adopts the same nationwide rules the Federal Communications Commission repealed in June. USTelecom, which represents companies in the broadband sector, said it supports net neutrality but disagreed with the California law.

Net neutrality prohibits the blocking of sites or services for competitive reasons, and bans "fast" and "slow" lanes for different kinds of online traffic.

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Supporters of Net Neutrality, Toyah and Lance Brown Eyes, protest the FCC's decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles, California, November 28, 2017.

The lawsuit argues that California's approach is "unlawful and anti-consumer" because it imposes burdensome regulations on the Internet and goes against the federal government's approach.

But with net neutrality, Martin said the FCC insists it remains the sole regulatory authority despite its deregulatory actions.

"Gov. Jerry Brown has just restored a free and open internet to the 40 million people of California - the world's fifth largest economy and home to many major tech companies".

In a letter to the California State Senate that was copied to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Governor Brown explained his reasoning for signing the bill despite potential legal challenges: "Recent events in Washington, D.C. - and beyond - make it crystal clear that many are not getting the message". Gen. Jeff Sessions said in a statement Sunday.

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Consumer advocacy groups touted the law as offering the strongest internet protections in the country.

It is also expected that California will be sued by telecommunications companies thanks to their new law.

Net neutrality has become a rallying cry for liberal activists and younger Americans, who complain of corporate priorities they say are at odds with what they want to see in internet governance. "When all is said and done, Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are going to wish they'd never picked a fight with Internet over net neutrality".

Lyons wasn't optimistic that was occurring any time soon. These companies have not done enough to increase the number of women on their boards despite the Legislature's urging, making government intervention necessary, Jackson said.

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