New California internet neutrality law sparks US lawsuit

2018-10-01 20:49
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's toughest net neutrality measure requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. (Rich Pedroncelli, AP, File)

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's toughest net neutrality measure requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. (Rich Pedroncelli, AP, File)

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California and the Trump administration are feuding over the state's new internet neutrality law that aims to ensure a level playing field on the internet.

The US Justice Department sued California on Sunday over the new law just hours after Gov. Jerry Brown signed it.

The law gives California the nation's strongest net neutrality rules.

It was proposed after the Federal Communications Commission repealed Obama-era rules last year that prevented internet companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.

The Trump administration says the new law creates burdensome requirements that are at odds with federal law.

Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener, the law's author, says it's essential to maintaining a free and open internet.

Advocates of net neutrality hope California's law will push Congress to enact national rules or encourage other states to create their own.

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