Maybe combining two net neutrality bills is not such a bad idea after all.
Democrats used to have a different perception about California’s net neutrality bills. But now, they decided to merge the state’s proposed measures to create a more powerful bill that cannot be easily demolished.
Instead of arguing which net neutrality bills will pass, State senators Scott Wiener (San Francisco) and Kevin de León (Los Angeles) decided to collaborate with each other. Yesterday, they rewrote their net neutrality proposals that would accompany each other. Based on the new amendments, the senators also enhanced conditions with the governor’s signature to make the other take effect. Remember that Sen. De León’s Senate Bill 460 was approved in late January which comes before Sen. Wiener’s Senate Bill 822.
Senate Bill 460 will now put its attention only on banning ISPs that oppose net neutrality rules from acquiring any public contacts which include those that are granted by cities, countries, and schools.
On the other hand, Senate Bill 822 will take care of the country’s net neutrality standards. It will prohibit broadband providers from blocking, throttling or internet connection interference depending on the content’s nature or kind of service. The said bill will likewise restrict ISPs from altering speeds between websites. Also, it will keep an eye on them if they charge customers extra costs to access more people.
Sen. De León said, “The internet is now the catalyst in our society for growing our economy, engaging in the democratic process, and connecting with one another. It is an information equalizer, and everyone from farmworkers to financiers deserves fair access to it.”
The net neutrality bills that the senators both co-sponsored is a link known as “contingent enactment.” It means, for any to become law, both should become a law.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said, “Now that Senators Scott Wiener and Kevin de León are moving forward with a unified effort to preserve net neutrality in California, we are proud to offer our strong support. Our state is home to countless start-ups and technology giants alike. Net neutrality rules matter because every consumer has a right to access online content without interference or manipulation by their internet service provider. We will do what is necessary to protect that right.”
The lawmakers said they have dealt with a persuasion against the net neutrality bills from AT&T including other ISPs. These are provisions, in particular, that will adopt open internet rules to the network and the bill’s prohibition on charging web owners “access payment” as pointed out by the senators.
The hearing on the net neutrality bills is scheduled on June 20. It will be presided by the California Assembly’s Communications and Conveyance Committee. The California net neutrality bills are sure to give ISPs a hard time.
Defending and restoring the open internet should be a top priority by the states since the internet is considered as a necessity. Just like Decenternet, it strictly observes what net neutrality principles are all about.
It provides users unlimited access to the web while enabling and protecting free speech at the same time. It also treats internet traffic equally so consumers won’t have to worry about blocking, throttling, or preferring of contents over the other.