Last Week a federal judge ruled that California can now begin enforcing their tough net neutrality law. This law to ban internet providers from slowing down or blocking website access to users who do not pay for a premium service.
Currently internet providers have the ability to slow down customers’ data speed based on the sites or content they are viewing. Internet providers can also speed up access to websites that are willing to pay more for that “special treatment.” This new law will block all of the above and create an even playing field across all websites and applications for users.
Back in 2018 former Governor Jerry Brown sign this bill which made CA the first state to pass the net neutrality law. However, this case was held up in court for years due to the Trump administration seeing to block the law.
With the Biden administration in charge, they went ahead and dropped the lawsuit in early February. California is now able to begin enforcing this law.
CA state Sen. Scott Wiener, the author of the law, called the ruling “a huge victory for open access to the internet, our democracy and our economy.”
“The internet is at the heart of modern life. We all should be able to decide for ourselves where we go on the internet and how we access information,” Wiener said. “We cannot allow big corporations to make those decisions for us.”
Telecom companies have been pressing Congress to set net neutrality regulations for the country as a whole than putting the decision within individual states hands. The thought is that if we go by a state-by-state approach that it could perplex consumers and could potentially discourage innovation.