After months of back-and-forth changes, bills, their combination and dismemberment, the California Legislature has finally passed a bill designed to restore net neutrality to at least 40 million Americans. Government annihilated this year.
Following the clearance of the State Assembly on Thursday, SB 822 was passed by the Senate in a 27 to 12 vote. The draft, written by Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco, is now on its way to Governor Scott Brown's desk, where he will wait for his signature or veto.
"We did it," said Wiener. "The Internet has been at the heart of the 21st century – our economy, our public safety and health systems and our democracy – when Donald Trump's FCC decided to take a wrecking ball to protect net neutrality We California had to intervene to ensure that our residents have access to a free and open Internet. "
" I'm incredibly proud of our work. "We've done everything to protect Californians, the same and open-minded
Governor Brown has not signaled whether he intends to sign the bill, but supporters in the Senate remain optimistic, a Democratic adviser said, noting that the two deserve access to this modern need. " US senators from California, Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, resigned to their departure had had. The bill is also supported by Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
"This bill is not only important for consumer protection, but also for freedom of expression, so that people can receive and send the information they choose and communicate with others without interference," said Kevin Baker, Legislative Director of ACLU California.
Although it was one of the nation's most advanced nations, the struggle to restore net neutrality in California was not an easy task. The big broadband providers, S.B. 822 have enormous power in the Golden State. Nonetheless, rulers such as AT & T and Verizon could not compete with lawmakers with the torrential support of California residents, who are equally enthusiastic about the subject.
Inundated with calls and e-mails seeking protection from Internet service providers trying to block or throttle online traffic as they please, even lawmakers spilling telecom contributions have had to yield. Although their votes were not needed, six Republicans said "aye" on Thursday.
"If California acts, pay attention to the world," wrote Barbara van Schewick, a professor at Stanford Law School, after the vote, adding, "This bill ensures that Californians will not have the ISPs who pay them Going online lets you choose which websites and apps to use. "
The outcome of Friday's vote is a major blow to an industry that has spent years trying to increase its sovereignty over the delivery of online services. Democrats and Republicans followed the trajectory of the bill with great interest from a distance and were not convinced that net neutrality would be an issue that would be remembered in November. If a coastal bastion of progressiveism like California had not been able to pass a comprehensive bill reflecting the rules of the Obama era, many thought they could not be done anywhere else.
"We hope that other states can look at this legislation as a model for network neutrality standards," Wiener told Gizmodo.
You will undoubtedly.
Correction: An early version of this story falsely identified California's governor as Scott Brown. His name is Jerry. We regret the mistake.
Update, 20:30 : Added final vote.