As you would expect, large internet service providers, like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, oppose the California Net Neutrality law. Jerry Brown speaks at a forum in Sacramento, Calif. The Justice Department also said the new bill goes against the federal government's "de-regulatory approach to the internet".
Advocates of net neutrality hope the move in the home of the global technology industry will have national implications, prompting Congress to enact national net neutrality rules or encouraging other states to follow suit.
Many conservatives and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai have also spoken out against net neutrality, arguing it would do more harm than good. However, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit an hour after it was greenlighted by Brown, seeking to block one of the toughest net-neutrality laws ever to have been passed in the US.
"As the Trump Administration continues to unravel numerous critical health care protections and services for women, legislation such as this is urgently needed to make sure that Californians are able to access the full range of reproductive care regardless of where they may live", Leyva said in a statement.
The bill signed by Brown highlighted a six-year study conducted by Credit Suisse of more than 2,000 companies worldwide that showed having women on boards was linked to improved business performance for key metrics, including stock performance.
The chamber says the new law will prioritize gender over other aspects of diversity. It is set to take effect January 1.
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A free and open internet is a cornerstone of 21st century life: "our democracy, our economy, our health care and public safety systems, and day-to-day activities", said Democratic Sen. A hefty thank you to the Golden State for your effort to get right what the @FCC got so wrong when it rolled back open internet protections late past year.
Telecommunications companies lobbied hard to kill it or water it down, saying it would lead to higher internet and cellphone bills and discourage investments in faster internet.
Net neutrality prohibits the blocking of sites or services for competitive reasons, and bans "fast" and "slow" lanes for different kinds of online traffic.
Companies including Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Facebook are based in California and will each need to add at least one more woman to their boards by 2021 to meet the new law's requirement. But this bill is neither the way to get there, nor will it help advance the promise and potential of California's innovation DNA. According to the National Conference of State Legislators, almost one hundred bills and resolutions have been introduced throughout the United States.