Lawmakers and advocates for open internet intensified their call on California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign into law the net neutrality bill passed by the state legislature last week.
Brown has until Sep. 30 to sign or veto Senate Bill 822, which many consider a “gold standard” for states seeking to protect net neutrality. Lawmakers and open internet advocates want the governor to sign the legislation immediately.
Brown’s Approval of SB 822 is a Victory for Underrepresented Groups
On Friday, a coalition of advocacy groups sent a letter to Brown. They said that his signature on the net neutrality bill is very important.
“Your signature on SB 822 would mark a historic victory for black people and other underrepresented groups, advancing the long-held civil rights fight for equal voice, now in a digital age,” the letter read.
In addition, the coalition stressed that the legislation was “carefully written to translate the protections” of the Obama-era net neutrality rules. California lawmakers passed the bill after the Federal Communications Commission repealed those rules. They want to maintain those neutrality protections for Californians.