FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says California net neutrality rules are 'illegal'

CNET | 9/17/2018 | Abrar Al-Heeti
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California's efforts to establish its own net neutrality rules are "illegal," says the head of America's top communications regulator.

"California's micromanagement poses a risk to the rest of the country," Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in a speech at the Maine Heritage Policy Center on Friday. "After all, broadband is an interstate service; Internet traffic doesn't recognize state lines. It follows that only the federal government can set regulatory policy in this area."

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Last month, California's State Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance voted to move forward with Senate Bill 822, which provides strong protection on net neutrality. In his speech, Pai called it a "radical, anti-consumer" bill.

Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from California, quickly responded to Pai's remarks.

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"SB 822 is necessary and legal because Chairman Pai abdicated his responsibility to ensure an open internet," Wiener said in a statement. "Since the FCC says it no longer has any authority to protect an open internet, it's also the case that the FCC lacks the legal power to preempt states from protecting their residents and economy."

Wiener added that when Verizon throttled data for firefighters battling wildfires in California, Pai "said nothing and did nothing. That silence says far more than his words today."

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