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California is facing Obama-style net neutrality rules



LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Californian regulators went on Thursday to impose the strictest net neutrality laws on Internet service providers, which are considered corporate profits under the new rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

FILE PHOTO: Net neutrality advocates protest against the FCC's recent decision to lift the program in Los Angeles, California, on November 28, 201

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Members of the California Assembly voted by 58 to 17 votes to their colleagues in the State Senate, who pass the so-called SB 822 until midnight on the last day of the legislature or wait until next year.

If the measure is handed over to both chambers of the Democrat-controlled Diet, then Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat who has not said whether he would sign it, would still need approval.

"We have just one final vote to get the strongest protection of net neutrality in the legislatively-expelled nation on the governor's desk," Senator Scott Wiener, the author of the bill, said in a statement.

"We will not take anything for granted, but we have momentum and the support of a broad and diverse coalition that understands the importance of a free and open Internet for all," said Wiener.

Proponents of California's proposed regulations claim that the rules of net neutrality would discourage large Internet service providers from blocking, slowing, or preferring to use online content.

Critics are of the opinion that the restrictions restrict the ability of Internet service providers to cover the costs of network improvements and make them restrict investments.

In June, under President Donald Trump, the FCC overruled the Obama administration's rules prohibiting Internet service providers from blocking content or charging more for access to create a level playing field or "net neutrality". 19659004] Prosecutors and the District of Columbia have earlier this month asked a federal appeals court to reinstate the Obama regulations.

A week later, they were joined by a coalition of trading groups representing companies such as Alphabet Inc., Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.

The US Senate voted in May to maintain the Internet rules of the Obama era It is unlikely that the measure will be approved by the House of Representatives or the White House.

(This version of the story corrects weekday through Thursday in the first paragraph)

Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Edited by Paul Tait

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