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Tell the California State Legislature: Pass net neutrality

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"Protect the free and open internet in California. Support Senate Bill 822."

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    Tell the California State Legislature: Pass net neutrality

    A California state senator has introduced the most comprehensive state-level net neutrality bill in the country. It’s the first state bill that includes all of the net neutrality protections that Trump's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) eliminated. In fact, it's even stronger than the recently repealed rules.

    If passed, the bill would protect Californians and force companies to comply with net neutrality in the country's most populous state – dramatically increasing the pressure for a return to net neutrality nationwide.

    Tell California legislators: Stand up for net neutrality. Support Senate Bill 822 to protect the open internet in California.

    Now that Trump's FCC has repealed net neutrality rules, states are picking up the fight. In California, State Senator Scott Wiener has proposed legislation that would require companies to follow net neutrality principles in California.1

    This bill would require broadband companies doing business in California to comply with net neutrality regulations if they are relying on state infrastructure or state funding. That means agreeing to net neutrality would be a condition in state contracts and cable franchise agreements.2 The bill even closes some loopholes in the 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules, preventing broadband providers from selectively exempting services from data caps.3

    This legislation is not the only way that California is fighting back to save net neutrality. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the FCC along with 21 other state attorneys general.4 We need strong net neutrality rules nationwide – but in the meantime, a strong net neutrality law in California would let companies know that this fight isn't going away.

    If companies must comply with net neutrality protections here in the country's most populous state, it will be harder for them to justify anti-consumer schemes that violate net neutrality elsewhere.

    Big Telecom will fight California’s net neutrality legislation with everything it’s got. We need to speak up now to tell legislators that Californians demand a free and open internet.

    Tell California legislators: Stand up for net neutrality. Support Senate Bill 822 to protect the open internet in California.

    References:

    1. Katharine Trendacosta, "California introduces its own bill to protect net neutrality," Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jan. 5, 2018.
    2. Taryn Luna, "Can California preserve net neutrality? Lawmakers pledge to try," Sacramento Bee, Jan. 8, 2018.
    3. Klint Finley, "California net neutrality bill would go beyond original protections," Wired, March 14, 2018.
    4. Benny Evangelista, "California joins multistate suit to block FCC repeal of net neutrality," San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 16, 2018.