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.
"I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Department of Justice to ensure the internet remains 'unfettered by federal or state regulation, ' as federal law requires, and the domain of engineers, entrepreneurs, and technologists, not lawyers and bureaucrats."
USA attorney general Jeff Sessions said in a statement that "states do not regulate interstate commerce - the federal government does", after California became the largest state to enact its own rules requiring internet providers to treat all web traffic equally.
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown adopts its own net neutrality law prompting the Justice Department to sue the state in an effort to block what's describe as the "toughest net neutrality law" enacted. They say it's unrealistic to expect them to comply with internet regulations that differ from state to state. A hefty thank you to the Golden State for your effort to get right what the @FCC got so wrong when it rolled back open internet protections late past year.
Last month, California's state Assembly voted 61-18 in favor of the bill, and a day later the state's Senate approved the measure in a 27-12 vote. California is now set to wage a legal battle against the federal regulator that will decide the outcome of state-level net neutrality in the entire country. Like the 2015 Open Internet Order that was repealed in 2017, the bill also bans ISPs from charging websites to load for the ISPs subscribers or using the point where data enters the ISPs network to evade net neutrality.
Senator Scott Weiner, who introduced the proposal in the state assembly, believes that California can defend itself - and the bill - in court, citing past skirmishes against the Trump administration with regards to immigration policies. Industry group US Telecom, which counts AT&T and Verizon among its members, issued a statement from president & CEO Jonathan Spalter, who said: "We all support strong and enforceable net neutrality protections for every American - regardless of where they may live. The law prohibits many free-data plans, which allow consumers to stream video, music, and the like exempt from any data limits".
In March, Brown accused the Trump administration of essentially declaring war on the most populous US state after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation. Look for them to try to challenge this new law in court before it takes effect later this year.