SACRAMENTO, CA. (AP) – A federal judge ruled Tuesday that California may be enforcing its Neutral Neutrality Act for the first time, paving the way for states to ban Internet providers from slowing down or blocking access to Web sites and applications. Pay for the premium service.
Former Gov. Ry Brown signed the bill into 2018, making California the first state to pass a purely neutral law. Open Internet advocates hoped the bill would encourage Congress and other states to follow suit. The Trump administration quickly sued to block the law, which prevented it from coming into force for years while the case was pending in court.
The Biden administration rejected the lawsuit earlier this month. But in a separate lawsuit, the telecommunications industry asked a federal judge to keep blocking the law. U.S. District Court Judge John On A. Mendes denied their request, allowing California to enforce the law.
California Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco and a lawmaker, called the decision “a huge victory for the Internet, our democracy, our economy.”
“The Internet is at the heart of modern life. “We all need to be able to decide for ourselves where we are on the Internet and how we get information,” said Wiener. “We can not allow large corporations to make those decisions for us.”
In a joint statement, several telecommunications industry associations said they would review the judge’s decision “before deciding what to do next.” They urged Congress to establish rules of pure neutrality for the country, rather than relying on countries that would adopt their own regulations.
“A state-by-state approach to Internet regulation will confuse consumers, prevent innovation, and the potential for broadband has never been more apparent to everyone,” said ACA Connects, National Cable, US Telecommunication Association. h:
California law promoted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2017. The decision to repeal the neutrality rules, which were in force throughout the country. The telecommunications industry has fought hard against the bill, arguing that it would discourage companies from investing in the Internet more quickly.
But lawyers say that without rules, it would be easy for ISPs to prefer their services, making it harder for customers to access their competitors’ websites and applications.
The law prohibits ISPs from slowing down the flow of customer data based on the content they view. It also prohibits providers from speeding up access to sites that want to pay extra for specific treatments.
“The ability of an ISP to block, slow down, or speed up content based on a user’s ability to pay for a service is exacerbating the competitive market – the idea of open information transfer at the heart of our increasingly digital world.” “Said California Attorney General Xavier Becquera.