U.S. federal government sues California after it signs net neutrality law

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The California Chamber of Commerce has argued that the composition of corporate boards should be determined internally, not mandated by government.

This law prohibits ISPs from blocking or slowing down access to websites and other services.

The department will insist that regulating net neutrality is exclusively the responsibility of the federal government and not the state authorities, senior DOJ officials told the Washington Post. California is one of the first states to truly provoke the FCC.

It is one of several measures affecting women that Brown signed Sunday, his last opportunity to approve or veto laws before the term-limited governor leaves office.

The justice department said it would take California to court on grounds that the federal government has the exclusive power to regulate net neutrality.

California's law seeks to reinstate those rules. The suit was filed on Sunday with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. -Evan Greer, Fight for the FutureEvan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, was among those championing the tireless work of activists, organizers, and regular citizens who pushed the bill in California and have been working to restore net neutrality protections nationwide since FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lobbyist and appointed by President Donald Trump, led the effort to destroy them on behalf of the telecom industry a year ago.

Under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission imposed net neutrality restrictions in 2015.

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A new law requires publicly traded companies headquartered in California, including Facebook and Google, to include women on their board of directors.

In March, Brown accused the Trump administration of essentially declaring war on the most populous US state after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation.

In rolling back net neutrality in December, the FCC also prohibited states from passing their own rules, as it would create a patchwork of laws throughout the country.

"Not only is California's Internet regulation law illegal, it also hurts consumers". An identical bill was introduced in NY.

"I favor a free and open internet as I think most consumers do, my concern is with the particular regulations the FCC adopted two years ago, my concern is that by imposing those heavy-handed economic regulations on internet service providers both big and small we could end up disincentivizing companies from wanting to build out internet access to a lot of parts of the country", stated Pai.

"It is well established that states have the authority to protect the health, welfare and safety of their own residents, that's why they have their own police forces, national guard, state attorney general and their own consumer protection laws, Martin said. California fought Trump and Sessions on their immigration lawsuit - California won - and California will fight this lawsuit as well", Wiener said in a statement.

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