DOJ Sues California After State Enacts Net Neutrality Law

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DOJ Sues California After State Enacts Net Neutrality Law

California has enacted a law that offered what the state called "the strongest net neutrality protections in the nation", but the Department of Justice is arguing that the state doesn't have the right to regulate net neutrality.

California officially passed the toughest net neutrality law in the country Sunday.

On its own, the California net neutrality law bars internet service providers (ISPs) from limiting bandwidth for or outright blocking individual websites or media types, in addition to preventing those ISPs from charging additional fees for better speeds for different sites or applications.

"Under the Constitution, states do not regulate interstate commerce - the federal government does", Session said. The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our Constitutional order.

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AT&T also reiterated its commitment to an open internet, but the company said it supports the Justice Department's lawsuit to preempt the California statute. We will do so with vigor. "We are confident that we will prevail in this case-because the facts are on our side", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

"The Internet is inherently an interstate information service", said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a statement tied to the DOJ lawsuit.

The telecommunications industry led by USTelecom had urged Brown to veto the bill, leaving the matter of regulation to the federal government. And the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently reaffirmed that state regulation of information services is preempted by federal law.

"The law prohibits many free-data plans, which allow consumers to stream video, music, and the like exempt from any data limits".

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"They have proven enormously popular in the marketplace, especially among lower-income Americans", Pai said. "That's why the California law is a welcome development-it's good for consumers, good for businesses, and good for anyone who connects and creates online". The bill, which seeks to revive regulations repealed past year by the Federal Communications Commission, was signed by Gov. Although the suit only targets California, it could provide a test case for Washington, Oregon, and Vermont, which have enacted their own net neutrality laws.

"While 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", Becerra said in a statement quoted by Politico.

"A hefty thank you to the Golden State for your effort to get right what the FCC got wrong when it wiped out our open internet protections late past year", Rosenworcel said in a statement on Monday.

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