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article imageCalifornia takes net neutrality matters into own hands

By Lisa Cumming     Jun 1, 2018 in Technology
The California State Senate recently passed Bill SB-822, which would make the state's net neutrality rules more strict than the federal regulations the bill is replacing.
Some are calling this vote a major win against lobbying by telecom and cable companies.
This bill not only restores net neutrality, but expands protections further than the federal regulations.
California Democrat Sen. Scott Weiner, who introduced Bill SB-822, has been vocal about net neutrality and is symbolic of a large body of criticism of and resistance to the FCC's tear-down of Obama-era net neutrality regulations.
According to The Verge, the bill was first introduced in March and then passed through three committees. It was approved 23–12 and the next stop is the state Assembly.
The bill's aim is to bring in rules like forbidding ISPs from "speeding up, slowing down, altering, restricting, interfering with, or otherwise directly or indirectly favoring, disadvantaging, or discriminating between lawful Internet traffic", getting involved in "third-party paid prioritization," and requires ISP's to treat all internet traffic equally, so none of those tiered pricing ideas are welcome. In addition, the bill bars ISP from participating in certain types of “zero-rating” programs. These programs "[exempt] some Internet traffic from a customer’s data limitation."
The federal net neutrality rules are set to lift on June 11, but if the bill passes in the Assembly, California will have a higher and stricter set of standards for providers to abide by.
People are saying that net neutrality "is not a partisan issue."
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