The California Assembly voted to enshrine net neutrality in state law, delivering a major victory to advocates looking to require an equal playing field on the Internet.
In the latest effort by California lawmakers to drive national policy and rebuff President Trump, lawmakers approved one of the nation’s most aggressive efforts to revive regulations repealed last year by the Federal Communications Commission. The rules prevented internet companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the Internet.
The 58-17 vote Thursday was surprisingly lopsided after the Assembly was seen as a potential barrier to the bill’s passage. It returns to the Senate, which passed an earlier version and is expected to sign off on changes from the Assembly before the Legislature adjourns on Friday.
The Assembly’s vote followed months of intense lobbying from Internet companies, which warned that it would lead to higher costs.
California’s net neutrality debate is being watched by advocates around the country, who are looking to the home of Silicon Valley to pass sweeping net neutrality provisions that could drive momentum in other states or create pressure for Congress to enact national protections.