Committee Chair Vows to Reinstate Important Provisions to SB822 Making California’s Bill the Strongest Net Neutrality Legislation in the Country
CALIFORNIA — Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, chair of the Assembly’s Communications and Conveyance Committee, has reached a deal with State Sens. Scott Wiener, Kevin de Leon, and Asm. Rob Bonta to reinstate key provisions into SB 822, California’ Net Neutrality Bill, that would prohibit broadband providers from charging access fees to internet content companies and “zero rating” their own services.
In response to the agreement, Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign, praised the legislators, and endorsed the legislation:
“We applaud the leadership of Sen. Scott Wiener, Sen. Kevin de Leon, Asm. Rob Bonta, and Asm. Miguel Santiago — they have done California and the country a great service by committing to passing the most powerful Net Neutrality legislation in the country. Their courageous stand against some of the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful companies in the country — AT&T, Comcast and Verizon — is inspirational and an example that we believe all California legislators will follow as they consider this bill.
“With the strongest net neutrality legislation in the country, California is leading the way in guaranteeing access to the internet for all. Protecting access to the internet and the free flow of information online is critical to our democracy and this bill is an important first step to reinstating net neutrality across America.”
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