Just hours after the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday to repeal President Obama’s net neutrality regulations, a California state senator pledged to introduce legislation that would require internet providers to implement net neutrality protections in exchange for operating in the state
“If the FCC won’t stand up for a free and open internet, California will,” State Sen. Scott Wiener (D) wrote in a piece on Medium.
“My legislation will bring net neutrality requirements to California. There are several ways we can bring net neutrality to California,” “California can regulate business practices to require net neutrality, condition state contracts on adhering to net neutrality, and require net neutrality as part of cable franchise agreements, as a condition to using the public right-of-way for internet infrastructure, and in broadband packages,” he said.
Wiener said that he would work with organizations such as the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation over the next 60 days to draft the legislation before formally introducing it.
The announcement of the proposal came shortly after the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality in a 3-2 party-line vote.
The Obama-era rules, known as the 2015 Open Internet Order, barred broadband and wireless companies, such at AT&T Inc., Charter Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. from selling faster delivery of certain data, slowing speeds for certain video streams and other content, and discriminating against legal material online.