California net neutrality bill strengthened after lawmakers reach deal

: sfchronicle – excerpt

SACRAMENTO — After efforts to create net neutrality protections for California consumers appeared to fall apart last month, state lawmakers announced a deal Thursday to move forward with the widely watched bill.

State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, introduced SB822 in January after the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn regulations that banned companies from blocking or slowing down internet traffic.

After it was passed by the Senate, Wiener’s bill was gutted in an Assembly committee during a tense hearing in which the senator announced that he no longer supported his own legislation and internet regulation experts said it no longer qualified as a net neutrality bill.

On Thursday, Wiener said the key protections that were removed, making him want to walk away from the bill, will be restored. Wiener declined to make the exact language of the bill public until August, when the Legislature returns from summer recess and it can be officially amended into SB822(more)

So, we get to take their word for it until August.

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New California Bill Aims to Revive Net Neutrality

By Ida Mojadad : sfweekly – excerpt

State Sen. Scott Wiener seeks to use the state’s regulatory power to require net neutrality after the FCC voted to repeal it nationwide.

On its first day back to work after the holidays, the California Legislature is taking up the fight to resurrect net neutrality.

State Sen. Scott Wiener is introducing a bill Wednesday afternoon — co-authored by 10 other mostly-Bay Area state representatives — that would add net neutrality to state regulations. The move fulfills the promise Wiener made immediately after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality regulation on party lines in December

The FCC proposal preemptively banned state and local net neutrality rules but Wiener believes it was an overreach of power based on a previous court ruling.

“As the epicenter of technological innovation, California has a special responsibility to ensure that the internet remains free and open” says Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties policy director for the ACLU of California, in a statement…(more)