Desperate Wireless Carriers, Broadband Providers Attempt Shaking California SB 822

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Wireless Carriers,

AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon have one goal – languish California’s net neutrality law.

Wireless carriers and broadband providers in California join forces in an effort to crumble the country’s unbending new net neutrality law before the state legislature’s passage.

Senate Bill 822 was introduced by California State Senator Scott Wiener. The newly-approved measure by California Senate Energy Committee will now step forward to the Judiciary Committee. EFF dubbed the bill as a “gold standard” and tackles zero rating further addressing net neutrality concerns.

EFF notes, “California’s legislature has so far opted to ban discriminatory users of zero rating and prevent the major wireless players from picking winners and losers online. But new and increased resistance by the ISP lobby (led by AT&T and their representative organization CALinnovates) unfortunately has legislators contemplating whether discriminatory zero rating practices should remain lawful despite their harms for low-income Internet users.”

The EFF added that AT&T along with their representatives are even going beyond as to defend their biased self-dealing practices that breach net neutrality is, in fact, good for low-income Internet users. For years, wireless carriers and broadband providers insisted that the concept of usage caps, overage fees, and zero rating help poor people.  Their goal, especially AT&T, ever since is anti-competitive. It writes off its own content from usage caps and at the same time putting at disadvantage rivals like Netflix. This, in turn, raises the costs for users that diverge from AT&T’s own services or content.

Just recently, there have been some amendments to California net neutrality laws that even more threaten wireless carriers and broadband providers. State senators  Scott Wiener Kevin de León enhanced the net neutrality bills they have separately introduced.

The amendments will be announced on Monday (June 25) that serves an endeavor to pronounce California’s net neutrality jurisdiction to necessitate wireless carriers and cable providers to treat all web contents without discrimination. It would also safeguard consumer rights regarding binge-watching Netflix series. The modifications will also enable the nation to offer online emergency notification alerts, smart transportation systems, and electric grid management programs.

“It’s really important that Sen. de León and I have joined into a team effort, because the internet and telecom companies, the ISPs, were trying to play us off each other. This is about protecting the internet and making sure the internet is equally available for everyone,” Sen. Wiener said.

Sen. Wiener’s Senate Bill 822 was introduced on January 3 in answer to FCC’s December decision to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules of 2015. The changes to his proposed measure will include protections, standards, and an implementation framework that would coincide with Sen. De León’s Senate Bill 460.

Sen. De León’s Senate Bill 460 originally created wireless carriers and broadband providers’ net neutrality violations accountable to implementation under California’s consumer-protection and unfair-business-practices laws. Likewise, it prevented state agencies from dealing with wireless carriers and broadband providers with the exception if they are certified under penalty of perjury that they are complying with the net neutrality rules.

There is only one net neutrality rule that prevails in the Decenternet platform and that is to treat all contents equally. There is no blocking, throttling nor employing of paid prioritization, especially zero rating.


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