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Reinstate Net Neutrality in California

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California
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Net Neutrality is gone. Trump's FCC killed it.

But we can get it back in California by passing SB-822.

The internet has become so much a part of the lives of most Americans that it is easy to imagine that it will always remain free and open. On December 14, 2017, the Trump FCC voted to make open internet — and the “network neutrality” principles that sustain it — a thing of the past. What you can see on the internet, along with the quality of your connection, are at risk of falling victim to the profit-seeking whims of powerful telecommunications giants. These companies can disfavor controversial viewpoints or smaller websites to favor the content providers who have the money to pay for better access. 

SB-822 would reinstate net neutrality in California
and keep the internet free and open to all.

Supported by hundreds of consumer groups, public interest groups, progressive organizations, labor organizations, and internet startups, SB-822 will create the strongest state laws for net neutrality in the nation. The ACLU called it the “gold standard.” Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) are the original authors of the bill, or rather two separate bills (SB 222 and SB 460) that were combined to become SB 822.

Wiener said the bill would restore “what we lost when Donald Trump’s FCC obliterated Net Neutrality.” 

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 In its original form, SB-822 was considered by most experts to be the strongest net neutrality protections for consumers in the nation. The ACLU called it the “gold standard.” Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) are the original authors of the bill. Wiener said the bill was intent on “restoring what we lost when Donald Trump’s FCC obliterated Net Neutrality.” 

But, treachery seemed afoot when Assemblyman Miguel Santiago’s (D-Los Angeles) committee decided to gut the bill without affording its authors the opportunity to debate the changes. Santiago’s choice to strip the bill of its real effectiveness was motivated by greed – he’s received a substantial amount of money from telcom lobbyists. Santiago faced immediate backlash as the public accused him of taking money from telcom lobbyists in exchange for weakening California’s net neutrality bill. In a statement he released on Twitter he said “I have received threats and my wife has been harassed. My personal family pictures have been stolen from my social media platforms and used to create memes. Really? Using pictures of my kids? This is a new low.”

Senators Wiener and de Leon were joined by Assemblyman Santiago to reintroduce the bill with, seemingly, all of the ACCC’s amendments removed. 

The bill passed the State Assembly with a strong bipartisan vote of 61-18. It passed the State Senate with a vote of 27-12.

It is now on Governor Jerry Brown's desk awaiting approval.

Get Involved

You can get involved by urging Governor Brown to sign SB-822. His contact info is here. You can also join the California Clean Money Campaign which is a majro supporter of the bill. For a list of events put on by the California Clean Money Campaign click here.

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