Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

State lawmakers send net neutrality proposal to the governor

State lawmakers send net neutrality proposal to the governor

California lawmakers voted to give a reprieve to Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and took steps toward reducing years of secrecy surrounding police misconduct on the busy final day of the two-year legislative session. It still needs to be signed by California Governor Jerry Brown before it's put into law, but it's been supported by a number of state Democrats, as well as survived strong opposition from ISPs like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.

Bars in cities that would have their hours of service pushed back include Los Angeles and West Hollywood, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento. "This bill would set a tremendous precedent, with the power to shape the internet market not just in California, but across the country, for the betterment of consumers".

The bill's author, Sen. "California right now has a one-size fits all approach to last call where every bar and night club and restaurant in the state has to stop serving at 2 a.m., whether you're in downtown LA or in rural area".

It also would ban so-called "zero rating", in which internet providers don't count certain content against a monthly data cap.

The legislation primarily prohibits plans that exempt the same type of content from some companies over others - video streamed on YouTube but not Hulu, for example.

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Starting from September we will play every three days. "We changed the position and, in the new position, he needs to improve". He has great qualities from the physical and technical point of view, but he has to improve in the tactical point of view".

The bill was opposed by internet service providers and some chambers of commerce, which prefer federal regulations because they say state-by-state rules can be confusing and tough to implement.

Consumer groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a number of smaller tech companies including Etsy, Reddit and Sonos lined up in favor of the bill. ArsTechnica reports that the group has in fact "consistently fought against both federal and state-level net neutrality rules". 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. Net neutrality advocates view broadband providers as important utilitylike services like the phone, saying that without the rules, big players with deep pockets have an unfair advantage.

Eshoo mentioned, as a reason new rules are needed, Verizon's recent throttling of internet data for Santa Clara County firefighters as they fought the Mendocino Complex fire, the largest in California history. "This legislation is the gold standard for net neutrality protections, and passed thanks to the enormous grassroots push for the bill".

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was a longtime critic of the federal net neutrality rules. Wiener, though, argues that zero-rating hurts competition, and eventually could lead to less consumer choice and higher prices.

Before SB 822's passage, net neutrality advocates spotted robocalls being made to senior citizens to try and convince them to speak up against internet protections like the ones in the bill.

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