California Looks To Do Its Own Big Government Controlled Net Neutrality

California Looks To Do Its Own Big Government Controlled Net Neutrality

Yes, we have survived. No zombie outbreaks, no invasions from Mars, people aren’t scrolling through their social media looking for things to be Outraged over at speeds we haven’t seen since dial-up was the only game in town. You know, back when we had no net neutrality, and the loose regulations saw the ‘net go from speeds of under 52kbs to ones in the megabites per second in less than 10 years. I’m running 200mbs. It’s great! But, of course, California (via Jazz Shaw at Hot Air)

(CBS SanFran) California state Sen. Scott Wiener vowed Thursday to introduce a bill that would require net neutrality in California.

Following the Federal Communication Commission’s repeal of net neutrality Thursday, Wiener (D-San Francisco) wrote on a Medium post:

“There are several ways we can bring net neutrality to California. California can regulate business practices to require net neutrality, condition state contracts on adhering to net neutrality, and require net neutrality as part of cable franchise agreements, as a condition to using the public right-of-way for internet infrastructure, and in broadband packages.”

Net neutrality, a principle that Internet service providers should provide equal access to web content, has been fiercely championed by tech entrepreneurs.

Wiener said he is working with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union on crafting a bill and said they “are exploring all of these options and welcome additional ideas as we work over the next 60 days to craft the bill and formally introduce it.”

Looking at Wiener’s statement, his whole idea seems to be (surprise!) massive government intervention in how the Internet runs in California. In controlling the companies who spent billions of dollars crafting the ‘net. In turning the Internet into a public utility. Why does every policy prescription from Democrats revolve around more government control? Because you know this won’t be a light touch. Obamacare started as an idea to make sure that the 30-45 million without health insurance could get it at an affordable price. Look what we ended up with.

Oh, and don’t forget how expensive the insurance became, quite often with deductibles that make said insurance virtually unusable.

As Jazz Shaw points out

California doesn’t have their own internet. (Which is kind of a shame because if they did, the rest of us could simply filter them out.) So if they’re going to impose state-level regulations on entities which operate on a national and, in most cases, international basis, that means that those providers and associated entities are going to need to set up an entirely separate service structure for users inside that one state. (Well… possibly two states, since Washington is talking about it too.) That’s going to cost extra most likely. And who is going to pay those additional costs for special services? If you said the service providers will just suck it up, buy yourself a ticket to Venezuela where such thinking is all the rage.

So, Californian’s will have to pay a whole lot more thanks to Democrats (provided it passes) to complain about Trump’s FCC getting rid of the federal net neutrality. Which, again, since Liberals do not listen and retain anything other than anti-Trump slogans, only killed off the rules initiated in 2015, not the light touch rules put in back in 2005. And were not necessary the previous 15 years.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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