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California passes tougher net neutrality law, setting up battle with federal rule

Oct 1, 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown gestures as Attorney General Xavier Becerra laughs during a press conference at the California State Capitol on March 7, 2018 in Sacramento, California.

California Governor Jerry Brown gestures as Attorney General Xavier Becerra laughs during a press conference at the California State Capitol on March 7, 2018 in Sacramento, California.; Credit: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest net neutrality measure Sunday, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online.

The move prompted an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration. Advocates of net neutrality hope the new law in the home of the global technology industry will have national implications by pushing Congress to enact national net neutrality rules or encouraging other states to follow suit.

But the U.S. Department of Justice wants to stop the law, arguing that it creates burdensome, anti-consumer requirements that go against the federal government’s approach of deregulating the internet. The law is the latest example of the nation’s most populous state seeking to drive public policy outside its borders and rebuff President Donald Trump’s agenda.

We discuss the implications of the net neutrality law and give you a roundup of the rest of the bills Gov. Brown signed over the weekend.

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Ernesto Falcon, legislative counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights group based in San Francisco; he tweets @EFFFalcon

Berin Szoka, president of TechFreedom, a tech policy think tank based D.C.

John Myers, Sacramento bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times

This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.

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