California Governor Signs Net Neutrality Bill, FCC Calls It ‘Illegal’

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Sacramento Calif. California has become the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of director

Now the Department of Justice is suing California saying their new net neutrality law breaks federal law. It prevents internet services from slowing their speeds, charging extra fees for major websites, and preventing access to certain websites.

But the Justice Department said the law runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution, which gives the federal government the power to set rules for interstate commerce - and that, they said, means the internet.

"As the Trump Administration continues to unravel numerous critical health care protections and services for women, legislation such as this is urgently needed to make sure that Californians are able to access the full range of reproductive care regardless of where they may live", Leyva said in a statement.

The law was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday. The lawsuit will decide whether federal or state governments can enact laws that affect national telecommunication companies. They say it's unrealistic to expect them to comply with internet regulations that differ from state to state.

Advocates of net neutrality hope that Brown's move in the home of the global technology industry will have national implications, prompting Congress to enact national net neutrality rules or encouraging other states to follow suit.

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The state law would guarantee what is known as net neutrality - rules that were established during the Obama administration, but that the Federal Communications Commission under President Trump rescinded past year. However, most of these laws do not go against FCC regulations.

Democratic state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, one of the sponsors of the bill, said the law was necessary because only 75 percent of California-based companies have a woman on their boards, "despite numerous independent studies that show companies with women on their board are more profitable and productive". According to the National Conference of State Legislators, almost one hundred bills and resolutions have been introduced throughout the United States.

Supporters of Net Neutrality, Toyah and Lance Brown Eyes, protest the FCC's decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles, California, November 28, 2017.

Oregon, Washington and Vermont have approved legislation related to net neutrality, but California's measure is seen as the most comprehensive attempt to codify the principle in a way that might survive a likely court challenge. "California fought Trump and Sessions on their immigration lawsuit - California won - and California will fight this lawsuit as well", Wiener said in a statement.

However, the Attorney General for California, Xavier Becerra, said that the Trump administration was ignoring millions of Americans who supported net neutrality rules.

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