Trump Sues California After It Signs Sweeping Net-Neutrality Bill Into Law

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William James

The Department of Justice has launched a lawsuit against the state of California, after Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s first net neutrality bill, SB822, into law Sunday evening.

Like the FCC’s dismantled 2015 net neutrality rules, SB822 prohibits ISPs from unfairly throttling or blocking websites and services that compete with an ISP’s own offerings.

The bill also places meaningful restrictions on behaviors like “zero rating” a practice that lets deep-pocketed companies buy an unfair advantage by exempting their content from arbitrary broadband usage caps and overage fees, according to Motherboard.

The Trump administration Department of Justice issued a statement stating that it would be suing California over the new law, claiming it “unlawfully imposes burdens on the Federal Government’s deregulatory approach to the Internet.”

Public backlash to those efforts forced the California Assembly and Senate to approve a fully-intact version of the bill in late August. ISP lobbyists met with Brown in early September urging him to veto the measure.

Former FCC lawyer Gigi Sohn in a statement to Motherboard, said:

> “The pressure from the big broadband providers to kill or water down the bill was enormous. What happened in California should send a message to other states and to Congress the American people want the open Internet protected, and they will fight extremely hard until they achieve that goal”

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