The Trump administration has announced Sunday it wants to sue California, which does not intend to comply with the end of Internet neutrality which abolished in June by the White House.
The lawsuit will be filed by the Department of Justice, which believes the federal government, not state leaders, has the exclusive power to regulate net neutrality, the Washington Post reports .
Congress had just given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) such authority, so that the 50 states do not try to write their own, potentially contradictory, rules governing the web.
The Department of Justice should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this complaint today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our constitutional order.
Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States
On August 31, California approved a bill to restore, and even strengthen, this principle. This bill establishes equal and non-discriminatory treatment of Internet traffic.
Yet, US access providers have long called for the repeal of net neutrality. By allowing them to charge more data-hungry consumers, this measure would enable them to invest in their infrastructure and improve the quality of the network.
Many Internet giants like Facebook, Google and Netflix have opposed the end of this principle, which also guarantees the equal treatment of all data flows on the web.
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, has also regularly taken a stand for the defense of this principle.
Earlier this month, a spokesman for FCC President Ajit Pai criticized California for calling the new law illegal.
The Golden State is not the only state to oppose the FCC. Washington State, Vermont and Oregon have also legislated to protect net neutrality, according to the Washington Post.
On August 20, the attorneys general of about twenty states filed a complaint against the regulator before the courts of appeal of the country.
Their efforts have been supported by companies such as Mozilla and professional associations representing technology giants including Amazon, Facebook and Google, as well as consumer groups such as Free Press and Public Knowledge.
Jonathan Spalter, who heads USTelecom, argued that instead of 50 separate state laws, “we need the Congress to have a national framework for the entire Internet ecosystem and to solve this problem once for all “.
The US Senate voted in May to restore net neutrality , but the move is unlikely to be approved by the House of Representatives and the White House.
The new rules came into effect in June, but suppliers have not made any changes in access yet.
Avril Carter is a reporter for Daily News Advisor. She’s worked and interned at Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Avril is based in Arlington and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe oyster addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.