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California Senate Passes Net Neutrality Bill

The California State Capitol in the early evening in Sacramento, Calif., Wedn...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: The California State Capitol in the early evening in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.

California Senate Passes Net Neutrality Bill

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California State Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco

Transcript

California is one step closer to enacting its own net neutrality rules.

The state Senate approved SB 822 Wednesday, which restores and expands the federal net neutrality rules that were overturned by the Federal Communications Commission under President Trump. The bill now moves to the state Assembly.

RELATED: The Arguments For and Against Net Neutrality

Net neutrality advocates say removing those rules leaves internet users at the mercy of providers who can slow down or block access to sites when neutrality rules are not in place. Opponents believe net neutrality discourages investment.

AT&T, Comcast and Verizon oppose the bill.

RELATED: Mayors Nationwide Sign Letter Supporting Net Neutrality, But Not Mayor Faulconer

It remains unclear, however, if states have the right to impose regulations on internet providers when those regulations have been lifted on the federal level.

The state of Washington was the first to pass laws protecting net neutrality and a dozen other states are considering similar legislation.

State Senator Scott Weiner, D-San Francisco, authored SB 822. He joins Midday Edition Thursday to discuss the effort to restore net neutrality in California.

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