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Dmitrii Melnikov

Dmitrii Melnikov

Public Knowledge welcomes the bill and applauds California's net neutrality activists for urging their state lawmakers to protect consumers over broadband providers. Now it heads to the governor's desk, where Jerry Brown has until the end of September to sign it into law.

The bill would prohibit internet providers from blocking or slowing data based on its content or from favoring websites or video streams from companies that pay extra.

Lindsay Chestnut of Baltimore holds a sign that reads "I like My Internet Like I Like my Country Free & Open" as she protests near the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in Washington, Dec. 14, 2017, where the FCC is scheduled to meet and vote on net neutrality.

Members of the California Assembly voted 58-17 to send the bill to their colleagues in the state Senate, who have until midnight to pass so-called SB 822 on the final day of the legislative session or wait until next year. They were joined in that action a week later by a coalition of trade groups representing companies including Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon.

"It would have huge implications for the US, because California is so central to all things Net and is the world's eighth-largest economy", said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond. The bill also tasks the state attorney general with evaluating potential evasion of the net neutrality rules on a case-by-case basis.

Medical devices and other items subject to federal standards would be exempt from the bill.

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Now that it has passed the California State Assembly, SB822 moves on to the State Senate where it should have no difficulty passing.

"President Trump didn't ruin the internet".

With the bill's passage in the Assembly and a vote potentially in the Senate happening today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation called on California residents to tell their lawmakers to support the bill.

Without strong rules, say companies such as Eventbrite and Vimeo, internet providers could engage in anticompetitive behavior that harms smaller online companies, reducing consumer choices.

Wiener said he hopes California's potential new rules could be emulated on a national level. "And they're not going to let their elected officials get away with it if they sell out their constituents by siding with big telecom companies". "It's coming back with a vengeance", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, an advocacy group that is pushing to preserve net neutrality.

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