In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission had repealed to remove the rules of net neutrality, but California Senate has voted the approval of a bill to reinstate the regulations of net neutrality.
The bill which was authored by Senator Scott Wiener was passed through 3 committees and it was approved and it is headed to the state Assembly. According to Wiener, President Obama led the country on the right path on guaranteeing an internet that is open. But in the Trump administration, the FCC pulled the plug right under the people of America by a repeal of the protections on net neutrality.
Once the FCC made its stand on removing the rules of net neutrality, different states went ahead to implement their own measures. Before the order was published, 20 attorneys sued the FCC in different ways; some attorneys attempted to file executive orders and others tried working with legislators. The bill from California to restore net neutrality protections is among the toughest responses the FCC has received.
The California bill has the potential of reinstating rules that are similar to the ones in the Open Internet of the FCC in 2015. The order that was made in 2015 forbids the ISPs from blocking or throttling online content and it requires everyone to be treated the same way when it comes to internet traffic.
The California bill extends the original rules by banning ISP’s from taking part in “zero rating” programs where some favored data online content do not lead to data caps on a monthly basis. The Foundation of Electronic Frontier stated on Tuesday that the California bill is a great standard that other states looking to protect net neutrality should sample from.
Tom Wheeler the FCC Chairman who was in the front line of the Obama tenure regulations is in support of the bill. Wheeler wrote a letter to the Senate of California, Energy, communications, and utility committees on his stand to approve the bill.
Wheeler wrote a letter to the chairmen of the committees that the protections are important, to install the FCC 2015 order of net neutrality back. If the Assembly goes ahead to pass the bill, government contracts will no longer be available to ISP’s in California without following the regulations.