DOJ Sues CA Over New Law Protecting Discarded Net Neutrality Rules

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The department filed a lawsuit against the state, alleging the new piece of legislation is "unlawful and anti-consumer".

Jerry Brown has signed into law the strictest set of net neutrality protections ever seen in the US.

The Justice Department nearly immediately filed its lawsuit, arguing Senate Bill 822 interferes with the federal government's deregulatory approach to the internet, according to a statement.

Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed head of the FCC who was responsible for the repeal of these federal-level laws in June, reaffirmed the preemption of federal law against state regulation. "Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.

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Jerry Brown singed a new bill into law that enforces net neutrality rules that were abandoned by the Federal Communications Commission a year ago, Politico reported.

The California Chamber of Commerce has argued that the composition of corporate boards should be determined internally, not mandated by government. The bill is meant to protect consumers and undo the laws enacted past year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The University of California and California State University, the campuses that would have been affected by the legislation, did not take any official position on the bill aside from expressing concern regarding the costs of implementing it.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday the Trump Administration was ignoring "millions of Americans who voiced strong support for net neutrality rules" while California, which is "home to countless start-ups, tech giants and almost 40 million consumers - will not allow a handful of power brokers to dictate sources for information or the speed at which websites load". California was also the largest state to impose their own net neutrality regulations.

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The law gives California the nation's strongest net neutrality rules.

A new law requires publicly traded companies headquartered in California, including Facebook and Google, to include women on their board of directors.

Led by Scott Wiener (D-California), lawmakers met with little resistance in pushing through Senate Bill 822, which prohibits internet service providers from blocking or slowing down websites or "whole classes of applications", like video.

California's law seeks to reinstate those rules.

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"We've been down this road before: when Trump and Sessions sued Calif. and claimed we lacked the power to protect immigrants".

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