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California Bill Seeks to Adopt Strict Net Neutrality Despite FCC Ruling

March 19, 2018

As Americans wait to see whether net neutrality can gain enough support among lawmakers to invoke disapproval via the Congressional Review Act, individual states are not waiting — several are working on state laws to maintain net neutrality within their own borders.

In December 2017, under the chairmanship of Ajit Pai, the FCC voted 3-2 to remove net neutrality protections by rolling back its earlier Obama-era classification of ISPs as telecommunications service providers (and therefor under FCC purview) to the common carriers as they had been previously classified. This has now happened. It simply means that existing FCC rules can no longer be applied to ISPs because they are not telecommunications services. This ruling won’t come into effect until April 23; that is, 60 days after publication of the ruling in the Federal Register.

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