California Implements Net Neutrality Law, DOJ Already Suing

From a legal standpoint, this makes sense. From a political standpoint, the DOJ shouldn’t bother, because then we could watch even more companies leave California, showing us the way Big Government works

California just passed its net neutrality law. The DOJ is already suing

The Department of Justice said it is filing a lawsuit against the state of California over its new net neutrality protections, hours after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Sunday.

The California law would be the strictest net neutrality protections in the country, and could serve as a blueprint for other states. Under the law, internet service providers will not be allowed to block or slow specific types of content or applications, or charge apps or companies fees for faster access to customers.

The Department of Justice says the California law is illegal and that the state is “attempting to subvert the Federal Government’s deregulatory approach” to the internet.

“Under the Constitution, states do not regulate interstate commerce—the federal government does,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy. 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.”

Say goodbye to any fun freebies that are handed out by your wireless phone and cable companies if California is allowed to keep their plan

Loopholes addressed in California’s new law include a prohibition on “zero rating,” which allows carriers to exempt content from certain companies (like their own streaming services) from counting against a customer’s data usage. The prohibition would not apply if a carrier wanted to exempt an entire category of content, like all streaming services. It also bans interconnection fees, which are charges a company pays when its data enters the internet provider’s network.

The FCC says those rules will hurt consumers.

“The law prohibits many free-data plans, which allow consumers to stream video, music, and the like exempt from any data limits. They have proven enormously popular in the marketplace, especially among lower-income Americans. But notwithstanding the consumer benefits, this state law bans them,” said Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, in a statement.

All those offers from mobile phone providers to stream video and songs from certain companies with no caps would go away in California. This is where the consumer will really feel the pinch, as most Internet providers really do not give you anything free, just discounted prices. It really is a solution in search of a problem, because providers rarely ever do the things that laws like this are trying to stop. When they do, that’s where agencies like the Free Trade Commission step in. Regardless, as more people use their mobile service more and more, they’ll see people in other states get freebies they won’t.

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2 Responses to “California Implements Net Neutrality Law, DOJ Already Suing”

  1. Pouncer says:

    Also in California, the legislature is poised to pass “postal neutrality” laws that forbid charging discriminatory rates for letters, documents, commercial advertising, parcels, or the widely condemned discounted ‘book rates’
    claimed to be favoring Amazon. The proposed law preserves bulk rate postage for political !siblings as well as ‘cranking’ privileged for incumbents…

  2. Mike-SMO says:

    The particulars of this bill may be tolerable but the California bill is a foot-in-the-Door for regulating content for “Hate” or similar content that Moonbeam doesn’t think appropriate for public viewing or “propaganda” that “must” be carried to provide “balance”.

    It starts vague and gentle-like but there is a knife blade inside.

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