The lawsuit came in a few hours after the signing of the law by the Governor of California
The US Department of Justice sued California, a few hours after the state governor, Jerry Brown, signed a law that requires Internet service providers to maintain equal opportunities on the Internet. Supporters of network neutrality hope that this step will push Congress to adopt a new national standard or encourage other states to follow their example. A similar project is now being considered in the state of New York.
While the Trump administration continues to ignore the opinion of millions of Americans who have declared their support for the rules of network neutrality, California, the main place for countless start-ups, technology giants and nearly 40 million consumers, will not allow a handful of power giants to dictate their own rules of the game on the Internet.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that he will defend the position of the federal government, since it is the federal government that should have the supreme authority over the policy of regulating the network neutrality in the country. The United States Telecommunications Association in its statement stated that it agrees that network neutrality should be the prerogative of the federal government, not the state governments. Many large companies have lobbied for refusal to enact the law, saying that this will lead to an increase in fees for Internet and mobile communications, and the law hinders investments in faster Internet.
The California law is the most stringent defense of network neutrality in the country and can serve as a support for the adoption of similar laws in other states. The proposal prohibits Internet service providers from blocking access to sites and services, slowing down Web connections or charging companies for faster delivery of their films, music or other content. These restrictions could hit hard on small companies that do not have the resources to compete with large suppliers. The reason for the adoption of the law was the cancellation in 2017 by the Federal Communications Commission of amendments that regulated network neutrality at the federal level.