California State Senate Okays SB 822 Stricter Open Internet Regulations

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Open Internet Regulations

It’s another step forward for California’s net neutrality bill towards enactment.

The California State Senate has just passed its considered tougher open internet regulations. The measure would reflect the state-wide prohibitions regarding blocking, throttling and paid prioritization that were imposed in 2015 during the Obama-era administration. It will go beyond the bounds with the restriction on paid data-cap exemptions. The Bear Republic is among the many states that attempt to establish state-level net neutrality guidelines such as SB 822 in response to the FCC’s repeal.

Sen. Scott Wiener’s (D-CA) proposed open internet regulations, SB 822  earned 23 votes yesterday against the 12 votes provided by the Republicans. For it to become a law, it requires both the approval of the Democratic-majority State Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill was recommended in March and has already passed three committees.

Expectedly, broadband and cable providers like AT&T are very much frustrated with the result. They complained that SB 822 goes way beyond the FCC guidelines. However, the Senate panel which is dominated by a majority of Democrats was not averted by the broadband-industry debacle. The EFF even called the bill “a gold standard for states looking to protect net neutrality.”

“Under President Obama, our country was moving in the right direction on guaranteeing an open internet, but the Trump-led FCC pulled the rug out from under the American people by repealing net neutrality protections,” Sen. Wiener said last month following the bill’s passage in the final committee vote.

The said bill will restore similar rules from the 2015 Open Internet Order like the fair treatment of all internet traffic. It will further ban specific types of “zero rating” policies where particularly preferred contents do not afford monthly data caps.

At the Decenternet platform, no data caps are needed. Consumers are provided with unbound access to the decentralized and centralized web. It treats all internet traffic equally, so there are no blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of contents.

Decenternet protects and enables free speech. Users have the freedom to communicate freely online while their personal information is kept confidential and not given out without any permission.

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