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The US Senate voted broadly in line with the party lines to protect the FCC-threatened net neutrality rules in Obama's era, but the measure still needs to be passed in the US House.
USA TODAY

SAN FRANCISCO – Californian lawmakers passed the nation's toughest net neutrality protection on Friday.

If the new law were signed by Governor Jerry Brown, it would cause a lawsuit with the federal authorities back this year, the Internet rules of the Obama era.

Broadband providers would not be able to slow down or block websites, or charge for higher speeds, according to the legislation of Senator Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat. In addition, certain types of data plans are being set new limits.

Telecommunications industry groups, including the California Cable and Telecommunications Association and the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, have rejected legislation. Opponents say the federal government should legislate, not individual states.

California is one of nearly three dozen states that are questioning network neutrality procedures after the Federal Communications Commission decided last year to reverse the rules. It would become the fourth state to pass new rules.

Net neutrality was in the limelight nationwide last week when Verizon reportedly slowed the speed of the Santa Clara County Fire Department's radio data. Verizon accuses a customer service mistake.

The billing passage marks the second time in three months that the most populous state has attempted to regulate businesses on the Internet. In June, Governor Brown signed a far-reaching new Privacy Act

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