California Assembly passes net neutrality bill

Under new law, bars in LA, Oakland and other Californian cities could serve alcohol until 4 AM

In June, Gov. Brown signed into law a sweeping new privacy law. If Brown signs it by September 30, it would establish a working group on blockchain by July 1, 2019, to study the technology's uses, risks, benefits and legal implications for state government and the private sector, with input from stakeholders.

Bars in cities that would have their hours of service pushed back include Los Angeles and West Hollywood, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento.

The bills all go to Democratic Gov. Scott Wiener, a Democrat, argued that without the regulations, internet providers could "inhibit us or manipulate us away from our favorite web sites". Also banned is zero-rating, or when ISPs offer free data, but only for the use of specific apps or services, in turn favoring certain companies over others.

It also stops internet service providers and wireless operators from blocking or throttling content that they don't agree with.

"ISPs have tried hard to gut and kill this bill, pouring money and robocalls into California", said the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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She said she performed the search several times using different computers, and the results did not differ considerably. The president said the vast majority of search results on "Trump news" are from left-leaning news sources.

The milestone was celebrated by net neutrality advocates who hope it will help drive a national policy prohibiting internet companies from favoring certain websites over others. It would reinstate protections that are similar to those that were rescinded nationally by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a year ago. "California could pass a gold standard net neutrality bill, providing a template for states going forward", the organization wrote. Verizon soon apologized, noting that reducing the speed of emergency responders was a "customer support mistake", but held that the situation had "nothing to do with net neutrality". FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, and Republicans have called for an end to the utility-like oversight of internet service providers.

The final bill passage came after the state Assembly voted 61 to 18 to approve the measure Thursday, followed by a 27-to-12 vote Friday by the Senate, reports The Washington Post.

The federal government could sue the state of California over the law, leading to an eventual showdown in the Supreme Court. He cited a study, funded by a business coalition that has AT&T as a member, that concluded that millions of Californians save up to $30 a month through zero-rating programs.

In a statement from the state Senate's most recent analysis, Calderon said the state needs to create an environment that encourages entrepreneurs and innovators to develop around blockchain if it is to continue to be a "global leader in fostering innovation and new technology".

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