Gutted California Bill Returns With Strongest Net Neutrality Protections

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A new version but most iron-willed California bill is coming to town to reestablish net neutrality protections.

The most significant provisions from Sen. Scott Wiener’s original California bill, SB 822 have been removed last month by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. The most crucial tutelage from a state-level net neutrality measure had been voted out. Because of it, reviewers cite the modifications to have bared ambiguities that will enable broadband providers to regulate some apps. These companies could also levy services or websites for “fast lane” access on their networks.

That was before, and the important protections have now been restored. Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Santiago both agreed on a new version of SB 822 that will restore the requirements making the California bill consists of the toughest net neutrality protections in the state.

During the Thursday conference, Sen. Wiener emphasized his collaboration with California Assembly Committee Chairman Santiago regarding a new version of the SB 822 following the approved modifications in June. The latest adaptation of the said California bill brings back necessities that forbid broadband providers from relieving some services from customers’ data caps. It will also prohibit them from imposing websites “access fees” to get in touch with customers on a network. Likewise, it will ban providers from blocking or throttling content as it flows into their networks from other networks based on a fact sheet that Sen. Wiener, state Senator Kevin de León, and Santiago released.

“Under this agreement, SB 822 will contain strong net neutrality protections and prohibit blocking websites, speeding up or slowing down websites or whole classes of applications such as video, and charging websites for access to an ISP’s subscribers or fast lanes to those subscribers. ISPs will also be prohibited from circumventing these protections at the point where data enters their networks and from charging access fees to reach ISP customers. SB 822 will also ban ISPs from violating net neutrality by not counting the content and websites they own against subscribers’ data caps. This kind of abusive and anti-competitive “zero rating,” which leads to lower data caps for everyone, would be prohibited, while “zero-rating” plans that don’t harm consumers are not banned.”

The new version of the California bill still have to be approved by both houses of the California Legislature and should as well be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. It would surely deal with the FCC’s legal challenges. Remember that it preempts states from creating their own net neutrality preservations when it decided to repeal the open internet rules.

The new text of the California bill will not be released until today (August 6), due to the legislature’s month-long recess. With the turn of the events, ISPs are sure to file complaints, but Sen. Wiener is not moved, stating that California has the jurisdiction to safeguard its residents, be it a consumer or a businessman, from discriminatory business procedures.

It’s a good thing that Santiago has changed his mind and saw the advantages of the SB 822 for the Californians. It will serve as a protection from the ISPs breach of the open internet rules. It is precisely what the Decenternet network does. It restores net neutrality while empowering and protecting free speech at the same time.

Also, Decenternet provides users the opportunity to communicate freely online that’s why it offers them unrestricted access to different networks. Besides, the system it uses protects and secures personal information without distributing them.


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