California governor signs tough net neutrality bill, and Justice Dept. sues

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Now the Department of Justice is suing California saying their new net neutrality law breaks federal law. Jerry Brown signed the law. "The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit".

The law also marks the latest challenge between Brown's administration and President Donald Trump's Republicans, who have already clashed over environmental and immigration regulations.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a statement Sunday, said, "Under the Constitution, states do not regulate interstate commerce-the federal government does". In a court filing for an injunction, the Justice Department said that companies "cannot realistically comply with one set of standards in this area for California and another for the rest of the nation - especially when Internet communications frequently cross multiple jurisdictions". A hefty thank you to the Golden State for your effort to get right what the @FCC got so wrong when it rolled back open internet protections late a year ago. "Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy".

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra swiftly criticised the DOJ action saying the Trump Administration continues to ignore the "millions of Americans who voiced strong support for net neutrality rules, California - home to countless start-ups, tech giants and almost 40 million consumers - will not allow a handful of power brokers to dictate sources for information or the speed at which websites load". The move prompted an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration.

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"When the FCC chose to ignore the millions of consumers who urged them not to repeal net neutrality protections a year ago, it left a void that state lawmakers are now rightfully filling", Jonathan Schwantes, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union tells the Times.

State Sen. Connie Leyva (D), who introduced the bill, lamented Brown's veto and said she would re-introduce the legislation in 2019. He complained that the California regulation would hurt consumers, arguing for instance, that it disallows many free-data plans allowing consumers to stream content exempt from data limits.

Senate Bill 822 bars Internet service providers from slowing, or throttling, speeds, blocking access to lawful content and offering fast lanes for Google, Facebook and Netflix. According to the National Conference of State Legislators, almost one hundred bills and resolutions have been introduced throughout the United States. The new law is considered the strictest set of net neutrality protections to date.

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