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"Governor Brown should use his veto pen on this legislation, and Congress should step in to legislate and provide consumer protections that will resolve this issue once and for all".

Brown has not said whether he'll sign the bill, which would likely draw a lawsuit from the industry. Under these laws, internet providers would be required to treat all internet traffic equally. They also contend the bills don't apply to companies that import and resell connected devices made in other countries under their own labels. "Zero rating" is the practice where internet providers can choose which outlets do not count against the monthly data cap, effectively giving advanced privileges to select group of partners.

"This is about a level playing field and an internet where we as individuals get to decide where we go on the internet, instead of being told by internet service providers or being manipulated by internet service providers into going where they want us to go", the bill's co-author Sen. "This legislation is the gold standard for net neutrality protections, and passed thanks to the enormous grassroots push for the bill".

Advocates hope streamlining the management of the Western grid would help integrate more renewables, allowing California to offload surplus solar power during sunny afternoons and import wind energy from other states when the sun isn't shining.

California lawmakers passed the nation's toughest net neutrality protections late Friday.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was a longtime critic of the federal net neutrality rules.

"Internet users are still royally pissed off about the FCC's repeal", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, a consumer advocacy group.

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Nancy Pelosi spoke at an event to undo the repeal of net-neutrality.

Eshoo mentioned, as a reason new rules are needed, Verizon's recent throttling of internet data for Santa Clara County firefighters as they fought the Mendocino Complex fire, the largest in California history.

The legislation moved out with a 27-12 vote and little debate, capping months of aggressive feuding between tech advocates and telecom industry lobbyists. It was originally passed in the Senate in May.

On the state Senate floor Friday, bill author Sen.

"It would have huge implications for the USA, because California is so central to all things Net and is the world's eighth-largest economy", said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond.

While its fate is still in the hands of Governor Jerry Brown, California's Senate has voted on and approved a net neutrality bill that is being called the strongest in the nation. Kamala Harris, reports the Verge.

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