DOJ under Trump administration challenges California’s net neutrality laws

doj files lawsuit opposing california

The Department of Justice, under the Trump administration, disapproves the newly signed net neutrality bill of California. A lawsuit was filed against the Senate Bill 822 just hours after it was signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Senior officials of the Justice Department told that the lawsuit is to discourage states from writing conflicting legislation, and in this case, the Federal Communications Commission is given the authority to regulate net neutrality.

 “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… we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our Constitutional order”, says Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

California’s Senate Bill 822 prohibits Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking or throttling lawful content, apps, IT services, etc. The bill bans zero rating – which means ISPs cannot charge customers for data use on some websites, while some websites can be browsed for free. It also bans paid prioritization. California’s net neutrality law aimed to shut down Comcast, AT & T, and others who had lobbied aggressively against the bill.

California’s net neutrality law was more stringent than the laws passed by Washington and Oregon, says the Justice Department. It would require telecoms to offer services from ISPs for free. The Justice Department had already filed several lawsuits against the blue-state’s immigrant sanctuary laws, environmental protection regulations, and others.