Senate Calls for Reinstatement of Net Neutrality

Monday, February 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate voted 25-8 today in support of Senate Resolution 74, which calls on the FCC to reinstate its net neutrality rules and urges the U.S. Congress to codify the principles of net neutrality in statute.

The measure also formally commends the efforts of U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass) and Congressman Michael Doyle (PA-14), to use the Congressional Review Act to issue a Resolution of Disapproval to reverse the FCC’s misguided decision to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order.

“Today the marketplace of ideas is increasingly online,” California State Senate Leader Kevin de León ( D – Los Angeles) said. “Not only is a free and open internet critical to our economy, it’s necessary to protect free expression and democracy.”

“Net neutrality is essential to our 21st century democracy,” said Senator Scott Weiner (D – San Francisco), the measure’s principal co-author. “The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality was a terrible step for the future of a free and open internet and it must be reversed.”

BACKGROUND:

In December of last year, the Trump Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to rescind its 2015 Open Internet Order, which established strong net neutrality protections for American consumers and businesses that rely on the internet.

In late January, 2018, the State Senate passed SB 460 (de León), which makes net neutrality violations subject to enforcement under California’s consumer protection and unfair business practices laws. It also prohibits state agencies from contracting with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) unless the ISPs certify under penalty of perjury that they are abiding by net neutrality rules. SB 460 is currently awaiting consideration in the State Assembly. The Senate will also consider SB 822 (Weiner) in the coming weeks, which would further strengthen net neutrality protections for California’s 40 million residents and thriving internet economy.

A growing number of states across the nation, including Montana and New York, are already acting to prohibit their public agencies from doing business with companies that don’t abide by net neutrality rules, as SB 460 does. Several additional states, from Rhode Island to Washington are considering similar legislation.

SR 74 formally commends bipartisan legislation by U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass) to reinstate federal net neutrality rules using the Congressional Review Act, which is currently pending before the U.S. Senate, with 50 co-sponsors.

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