California’s legislature has passed the strongest net neutrality law in the USA. It only needs the Governor’s signature now.
California is one signature away from restoring the net neutrality rules enacted under President Obama. Net neutrality was repealed by the FCC earlier this year. The new bill was passed by California’s legislature and now only requires the Governor’s signature. It will effectively ban internet providers from blocking and throttling legal content, and prioritizing some sites and service over others, on both home and mobile connections.
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— Ryan Singel (@rsingel) August 31, 2018
The bill goes even further than restoring net neutrality, with an outright ban on zero-rating. This practice consists of offering free data to advantage some companies over others. Imagine, for example, that Netflix would be able to stream data free of charge on some ISPs versus Amazon Prime having to pay for streaming. The new bill still allows for ISPs to offer free data, but only for an entire category of apps, not just for one app over the others.
Hopefully, the other states will soon follow.