California close to enacting nation's strongest net neutrality law

Alcohol bottles are displayed behind the bar at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood in this undated

Alcohol bottles are displayed behind the bar at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood in this undated

"Governor Brown should use his veto pen on this legislation, and Congress should step in to legislate and provide consumer protections that will resolve this issue once and for all", said a statement from Jonathan Spalter, chief executive of USTelecom, an industry trade group. He has until September 30 to veto the bill or sign it into law.

After the vote, Wiener tweeted: "We will make the case to the Governor that cities should be able to decide for themselves what kind of nightlife makes sense".

The US State of California looks set to clash with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), after the US regulator controversially voted to "roll back" Obama-era net neutrality rules.

Though a small number of clubs in LA and San Francisco can stay open past 2-until 4 or 6 AM-an earlier alcohol curfew compared to cities like Chicago or NY makes profit margins for DJ-oriented club nights thinner, which can sometimes drive promoters into underground spaces.

The California Assembly voted Wednesday to enshrine net neutrality in state law, delivering a major victory to advocates looking to require an equal playing field on the internet. "So when Donald Trump's FCC made a decision to take a wrecking ball to net neutrality protections, we knew that California had to step in to ensure our residents have access to a free and open internet", he said in a statement Friday.

FCC leadership under President Trump eliminated those protections in late 2017, however, prompting state and federal lawmakers across the country to consider proposals like the one introduced by Mr. Wiener, a Democrat who represents parts of San Francisco and San Mateo County.

Critics say the restrictions limit internet providers' ability to recoup the costs of network improvements and lead them to curb investment.

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After the FCC repealed its own rules on Net Neutrality, several states began to work on state wide rules to guarantee the rights the FCC previously protected.

"Net neutrality is not dead", she concluded.

Members of the California Assembly voted 58-17 to send the bill to their colleagues in the state Senate, who have until midnight to pass so-called SB 822 on the final day of the legislative session or wait until next year.

Consumer groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a number of smaller tech companies including Etsy, Reddit and Sonos lined up in favor of the bill.

The California lawmakers are seeking to bar internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast from blocking or slowing down the transmission of web traffic to the state's broadband customers. He argued that "net neutrality was imposing on the multi-billion dollar telecommunications conglomerates that control most of the country's internet infrastructure".

The law would be the strictest for internet providers in the United States, and put California at odds with the federal government. The stronger provisions were later restored. "And they're not going to let their elected officials get away with selling out their constituents by siding with big telecom companies", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, a non-profit consumer advocacy group. However, FCC, led by Ajit Pai, repealed that rule with support from a majority of Republicans - a lot of them in the pocket of such ISP giants.

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