CA roars! We’re taking back net neutrality with SB 822!

This wouldn’t be the first time that the state with the nation’s largest economy has set its own agenda. We have some of the strictest environmental standards and gun laws in the country.

Now we want to be in charge of our own internet requirements.

CA State Senator Scott Wiener just introduced SB 822 – the most comprehensive state-level net neutrality bill in the country. Although other states are working on their own bills, this is the first one that includes ALL of the net neutrality protections that the GOP-dominated Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stripped away from us.

In fact, it’s even stronger than the recently repealed rules.

  • It would dramatically increase the pressure for a return to net neutrality nationwide as  internet providers would have to justify worse terms in other states.
  • It requires broadband companies doing business in California to comply with net neutrality regulations if they are relying on state infrastructure, state funding, state contracts and cable franchise agreements.
  • It closes some loopholes in the 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules, preventing broadband providers from selectively exempting services from data caps.
  • This is our only front in this battle. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the FCC along with 21 other state attorneys general.

Action:

This bill is set for a hearing in the CA Senate on April 17th. Let’s get in lots of calls to our state senators to show how incredibly important this is to us.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Sen. [___]  to support SB 822 and preserve a fair and open internet in CA.

Contact:

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19):SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940, email
State Assemblymember Monique Limón:(CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700, email
Not your people?:findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Readings:

  • California just dropped a whopper of a net neutrality bill (fast company)
  • Washington state just passed a net neutrality bill (fast company)
  • California introduces its own bill to protect net neutrality (electronicfrontier)
  • Can California preserve net neutrality? Lawmakers pledge to try. (Sacbee)
  • California net neutrality bill would go beyond original protections (wired)
  • California joins multistate suit to block FCC repeal of net neutrality. (SFChronicle)

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