California's Net Neutrality Law Is Facing a Justice Department Lawsuit

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In January, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra pushed back against the FCC's repeal of net neutrality, along with 21 other states. Jerry Browns, but the Justice Department quickly filed a lawsuit to block its implementation.

Gigi Sohn, a former senior aide to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who ran the agency when the net neutrality rules were adopted, said the California law "is now the model for all future state and federal legislation. this is what internet users across the political spectrum have said they want by overwhelming majorities".

The California law would prevent Internet service providers from speeding up or slowing down access to certain types of content, or charging websites and apps to provide faster service. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions asserted his belief in the power of the federal government, saying "Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy".

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, the Santa Barbara Democrat who authored the bill, says having more women on boards will make companies more successful because they are better at teamwork and multitasking compared to their male counterparts.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday restored net neutrality rules in California that were repealed under the Trump administration, setting up a legal battle with the federal government over whether states can prevent companies from blocking access to the internet.

Supporters of the new law cheered it as a win for internet freedom.

But dozens of states have done precisely what the FCC tried to prohibit, introducing bills meant to reinstate the Obama-era regulations.

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"That preemption of the states, despite the federal government relinquishing regulation itself, was upheld by the courts", Martin said, adding that it still was an act of Congress itself. Now, the question is: Will the House support net neutrality, or will it - or President Donald Trump - shovel dirt on net neutrality's grave?

Barbara van Schewick, a law professor at Stanford University and an advocate for tougher net neutrality policies, agreed.

"California should focus on ensuring that its [attorney general] can deploy that existing authority effectively, rather than wasting everyone's time on a lawsuit the state is sure to lose", Szóka said.

Tech leaders should be on the lookout for a shift of regulatory power.

The US Justice Department on Sunday sued California to force it to abandon a law, passed earlier in the day, to protect "net neutrality" aimed at requiring all online data to be treated equally.

"We are confident that we will prevail in this case - because the facts are on our side", Sessions said.

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