Governor Jerry Brown just reinstated net neutrality in California all by his damn self.

By | 2018-10-01T07:28:45+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments

It’s like California is constantly giving the finger to the Trump Administration, isn’t it? 

Courtesy of NBC News

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Sunday a bill to restore net neutrality protections that President Donald Trump’s Federal Communications Commission killed late last year.

The new law prohibits internet service providers, or ISPs, from blocking or slowing access to legal online content, demanding special fees from websites to prioritize their traffic or charging customers for special exemptions to caps on their data use.

Brown signed the measure without comment, setting up almost certain showdowns with both ISPs and the FCC, which barred states from setting their own rules in its repeal last December of protections instituted during the administration of President Barack Obama.

The U.S. Justice Department quickly filed a federal action in U.S. District Court in Sacramento to block the new law Sunday night. In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said: “Under the Constitution, states do not regulate interstate commerce — the federal government does. Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy.”

Yeah, they did, and good for them!

Now, this thing is going to be challenged in the courts where I imagine California will emerge victorious right up until it gets to the Supreme Court where, if Trump has managed to smuggle Kavanaugh in, it will be defeated by the new conservative majority. 

However, I believe the fight still goes on. 

That is not the only policy that California put in place that is sure to piss off the Republicans.

Courtesy of the AP:

California has become the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors, one of several laws boosting or protecting women that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Sunday.

The measure requires at least one female director on the board of each California-based public corporation by the end of next year. Companies would need up to three female directors by the end of 2021, depending on the number of board seats.

The Democratic governor referenced the objections and legal concerns that the law has raised. The California Chamber of Commerce has said the policy will be difficult for companies to implement and violates constitutional prohibitions against discrimination.

“I don’t minimize the potential flaws that indeed may prove fatal to its ultimate implementation,” Brown wrote in a signing statement. “Nevertheless, recent events in Washington, D.C. — and beyond — make it crystal clear that many are not getting the message.”

I think in theory this is a really good idea, more women involved in decision making is almost always a good thing. 

However, I also see how it can be challenged legally and might not work out in the end. 

Still, it is yet another example of how California is pushing the country toward progress, and I think that is ultimately a good thing. 

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6 Comments

  1. Paul October 2, 2018 at 7:22 am

    As a Californian, I need to correct one thing: Governor Brown did not do this all be himself. In fact, he was initially opposed to this law, and up until he signed it, we were not sure that he would. Brown never offered his vocal support while this law was being debated. This law was championed by a couple of legislators who fought against millions of dollars poured into the fight by ISPs who opposed the law. At one time the law was gutted by a committee, but the sponsoring legislators fought back, backed by millions of letters and calls by Californians. The end result is we now have the toughest net neutrality law in the nation.

    • Gryphen October 2, 2018 at 7:24 am

      I stand corrected.

      Thank you.

  2. Anonymous October 2, 2018 at 7:43 am

    trump is going to fight it because it is “states rights’ only when conservatives are for it.

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  4. Anonymous October 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Yeah, California is fixing a lot of Trump shit at the state level and we will continue to defy his authority. Too bad we can’t be our own sovereign country. I’d vote for that in a heartbeat.

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