California Sued Over Net Neutrality Law

A lawsuit has been filed against the state of California by the trump administration earlier this week in what seems like an effort to get the newly signed net neutrality law, which was only signed a few hours to the filing of the lawsuit, removed.

The bill itself, which had the aim of bringing back the Obama error net neutrality laws and regulations, is the toughest net neutrality law to be signed to date, which may have been part of the reason the (almost) immediate backlash from the department of justice was to sue, claiming the bill completely goes against the idea of a de-regulated web.

“The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our Constitutional order,”  – Statement From Attorney General Jeff Sessions 

California is not the first state to pass a bill on net neutrality, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have also passed their own version of the law, but these were far less strict, and, at the time of writing at least, have not garnered the same sort of attention from the Trump administration as the California Bill has.

The state senator, Scott Wiener has gone on record to call Sunday a win for a free and open society.

“While the Trump administration does everything in its power to undermine our democracy, we in California will continue to do what’s right for our residents,” – Scott Wiener, regarding net neutrality.

Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Comission, and well known advocate for the removal of net neutrality, has gone and voiced supports for the federal lawsuit, with him seeing the internet as an interstate information service, of which only the federal government can set policy on.

Ajit Pai - Well known advocate of removing net neutrality

Ajit Pai – Well known advocate of removing net neutrality, is very much against internet freedom, and very happy to hear California sued.

In January of this year, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with 21 other states that shared her opinion, collectively pushed back against the repeal of the net neutrality bill.

“It’s a beacon of hope for Internet users everywhere who are fighting for the basic right to express themselves and access information without cable and phone companies controlling what they can see and do online,” Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, Regarding the net neutrality bills

Not everyone is on the side of California, and Ajit Pai is certainly not alone in his views against California pushing for net neutrality, with people such as Jonathan Spalter, CEO of the US Telecom Association coming out to say…

“Rather than 50 states stepping in with their own conflicting open internet solutions, we need Congress to step up with a national framework for the whole internet ecosystem and resolve this issue once and for all,”

Overall, we don’t know how this will proceed, and we can only wait to see the outcome.