California is trying to join a growing list of states with Net Neutrality laws or executive orders. Recently Senate Bill 822 written by state Sen. Scott Wiener past its first vote before the State’s Senate’s Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 822 would prohibition against slowing down or blocking access to content and a ban on zero-rating. The zero-rating ban would be the harshest net neutrality rule yet imposed even the FCC did not ban zero-rating on wireless carriers. This would put an end for example to AT&T’s unlimited data if you use DIRECTV NOW.
“The amendments crafted today with the committee maintain all key provisions of the bill intact,” Wiener said Tuesday in a statement. “The bill fully protects net neutrality in California.”
As you would expect large internet service providers, like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, oppose the California Net Neutrality law. While they say they still support the basic idea of net neutrality, they argue that bans on things like zero-rating and paid-priority.
The next vote on the California Net Neutrality bill will happen int he States’s Senate Judiciary Committee before it heads to a vote in front of the whole Senate.
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