California Reveals Decision For Senate Bill 460

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California decides which Senate bill is tougher. Should Senate Bill 460 move forward?

The state is poised to vote next week on a different net neutrality bill. On the 20th, Wednesday,  the California State Assembly will conclude which net neutrality bill will move forward. Will it be Sen. Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 822 or Sen. Kevin de León’s Senate Bill 460?

Major digital rights organizations say that the in-name-only net neutrality bill is bursting with ambiguity. This, is in turn, could conclusively advantage ISPs while letting Californians residents and businessmen stay helpless to noted net neutrality breaches.  The Senate Bill 460 might only implement to the residents prompting experts to notify the aftermath of its passage could have nationwide complications.

Prominent net neutrality proponents are encouraging legislators to terminate Senate Bill 460 which Senate passed in late January. They instead favor Senate Bill 822 which has stricter regulations.

A confederation of 48 dominant dynamic groups presented a letter to the committee’s chair, Miguel Santiago on Friday. They requested him to give his support to Senate Bill 822 instead of Senate Bill 460. The group which consists of Free Press, Public Knowledge, Women’s Media Center, Fight for the Future, Color of Change, Demand Progress, and others signed the letter.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) stays “unbiased” on Senate Bill 460. However, it firmly supports Senate Bill 822. The National Hispanic Media Coalition, on the other hand, also didn’t sign the letter but prefers Senate Bill 822 over Senate Bill 460.

Many referred Senate Bill 822 as the “gold standard” of net neutrality established by the state. Sen. Wiener’s bill deals with the complete cluster of issues that Ajit Pai and his agency had quickly acknowledged until the end of 2016 before it started rolling back net neutrality. The discriminatory use of zero rating is one of the issues where ISPS may prefer to provide users access to specific contents for “free” which is the exception of pushing into their data plans. ISPs can utilize zero rating to force users to their corresponding content and services to the disadvantage of competitors.

The FCC discovered that ISPs, AT&T’s and Verizon’s utilization of zero rating seems to be breaching the 2015 Open Internet Order. However, they terminated their investigations and findings as one of the primary acts of Pai. Cable and broadband providers like AT&T were absolving their own associated services from their data caps. This is an effort to push wireless Internet users to their favored products.

California lawmakers opted to forbid zero rating discrimination which is not discussed in the Senate Bill 460. They also want to hinder leading wireless players from deciding who are the winners and losers online. However, new and raised defiance by the ISP lobby contemplates regulators if discriminatory zero rating procedures should stay lawful regardless of their abuses for low-income Internet users.

Users of the Decenternet network will not be abused. In fact, they are inclined to a platform where their right to have an open internet is exercised. There is no need for Senate Bill 460 or Senate Bill 822 since all internet traffic is treated equally with no zero rating practices.


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