ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue72

The Entire Broadband & Mobile Industries Are Suing the State of California


The entire broadband and mobile industries have just declared war on the State of California, thanks to a recently-passed net neutrality law.

The entire broadband and mobile industries have just declared war on the State of California, thanks to a recently-passed net neutrality law.

After a roller coaster legislative process, California finally passed SB 822 into law. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill over the weekend, effectively creating the most stringent net neutrality statutes in the United States.

That prompted a quick lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice, and fighting words from the Federal Communications Commission. Ahead of SB 822’s passage, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai called California’s legislation ‘illegal,’ and vowed to crack down on the rogue state.

Now, a slew of major ISPs and mobile access providers, including Comcast, Verizon, Cox Communications, AT&T, and Spectrum, have joined the Trump Administration’s legal war against California. In a lawsuit filed today in the US District Court for the Eastern District of California, a large percentage of the entire broadband and mobile industries in the United States have declared that California’s actions are illegal and should be blocked.

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