Hey, Alexa: California Just Passed Internet of Things Bills

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California lawmakers have passed the US' toughest net neutrality law to prevent internet providers from favouring certain websites, setting up a fight with federal regulators who voted past year to erase such rules. It still needs to be signed by California Governor Jerry Brown before it's put into law, but it's been supported by a number of state Democrats, as well as survived strong opposition from ISPs like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon. The bill needs only Senate concurrence, or agreement with Assembly revisions, before heading to Brown's desk too - but that must happen by midnight on August 31, the final day of the legislative session. Jerry Brown's signature is the next step on a road that could lead to the U.S. Supreme Court. The repeal came as a great win for internet providers. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, the law's implementation would "ensure that California protects full access to the internet".

The bills intentionally lack specifics about what reasonable security features the devices must have, Sen. The bill also tasks the state attorney general with evaluating potential evasion of the net neutrality rules on a case-by-case basis. The state Assembly approved a version Thursday.

"This should send a message to other states as well as to members of Congress, Americans are serious about the importance of net neutrality, and are ready and willing to fight for their right to create, communicate, and engage online without giant ISPs serving as gatekeepers", Stevenson said in a statement.

"President Trump didn't ruin the internet".




Net neutrality has been a major policy issue in particular for smaller tech companies, which say they stand to be disadvantaged by special commercial partnerships that internet providers could seek with large, established firms such as Google, Facebook and Netflix.

The bill's passage marks the second time in three months that the most populous state has sought to regulate companies on the internet.

"Internet users are still royally pissed off about the FCC's repeal", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, a consumer advocacy group. They call it a bailout of Pacific Gas & Electric company.

Blockchain, the electronic ledger technology being eyed by several states, could see some private-sector availability next year in California along with some state-level scrutiny, as two bills centered on the topic near Gov.

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