DOJ sues Calif. over new net neutrality bill

California's 'gold standard' net neutrality becomes law

CA gov. signs net neutrality bill into law, Justice Department sues

"As the Trump Administration continues to unravel numerous critical health care protections and services for women, legislation such as this is urgently needed to make sure that Californians are able to access the full range of reproductive care regardless of where they may live".

Jerry Brown's decision to sign the bill into law has sent Trump into a spin.

However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions quickly reiterated the federal government is the only authority that can rule on net neutrality policies. It prevents internet services from slowing their speeds, charging extra fees for major websites, and preventing access to certain websites.

He added, "once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy". "Rather than 50 states stepping in with their own conflicting open internet solutions, we need Congress to step up with a national framework for the whole internet ecosystem and resolve this issue once and for all".

In March, Brown accused the Trump administration of essentially declaring war on the most populous US state after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation.

California's new law, however, goes farther than even the old FCC rules did in placing restrictions on internet service providers. They say it's unrealistic to expect them to comply with internet regulations that differ from state to state.

Net neutrality advocates worry that without rules, internet providers could create fast lanes and slow lanes that favor their own sites and apps or make it harder for consumers to see content from competitors.

Ahead of Brown signing the bill, Trump-appointed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai slammed the California's net-neutrality effort as "a radical, anti-consumer internet regulation" that in his view is illegal.

The bill, SB 826, was authored by state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson who noted that research shows that women tend to be more collaborative and better multitaskers.

The lawsuit filed Sunday by the U.S. Department of Justice came roughly an hour after Gov.

"The facts and logic that 8th Circuit ruling appear closely analogous the DOJ vs. California net neutrality case, so we would anticipate a federal appeals court reaching the same outcome and preempting California's net neutrality law", said Paul Gallant, an industry analyst at Cowen & Co., in a research note Monday. Brown called the bill "unnecessary", noting that abortions are a "long-protected right in California". When all is said and done, Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are going to wish they'd never picked a fight with Internet over net neutrality. California fought Trump and Sessions on their immigration lawsuit.

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