Hexbyte Tech News Wired Can the FCC Really Block California’s Net Neutrality Law?

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

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FCC Chair Ajit Pai led the effort to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules.

Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

FCC Chair Ajit Pai led the effort to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules.

Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Within hours of California governor Jerry Brown signing a sweeping net neutrality bill into law, the US Department of Justice sued the state, sparking the latest battle in the long legal war over the ground rules for the internet. Groups representing broadband providers followed suit on Wednesday, with their own lawsuit arguing that California’s law was illegal.

The California law, set to take effect on January 1, will ban internet service providers from blocking or otherwise discriminating against lawful internet content. The rules are designed to replace similar regulations passed by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission but jettisoned earlier this year by the now Republican-controlled agency.

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