California Senate passes Net Neutrality protections

California Senate voted on Wednesday, May 31 to approve a bill that would reinstate net neutrality regulations state wide. (Verge)

S.B. 822, authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) was passed 23-13 and will now head to State Assembly.

The bill will reinstate Obama era rules that prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPS) from throttling data exchange from certain websites and web services. Essentially, forcing them to treat all data passed through the internet the same.

An Electronic Frontier Foundation statement considers net neutrality deregulation to be a “threat to the free market” and net neutrality to be “a principle that must be upheld to protect the future of our open Internet.”

In December, the Federal Communications Commission repealed Federal net neutrality rules in a 3-2 decision. Since then, states have begun using a variety of tactics to provide net neutrality on a state level – including through executive orders (NJBiz) and through legislation (CT Post).

This decision if passed, will add California to the increasingly long list of state level net neutrality actions.

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