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The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court's refusal to block California's net neutrality law (SB 822), affirming that state laws can regulate internet connectivity where federal law has gone silent. The decision is a blow to the large internet service providers that challenged California's …

  1. MrDamage Silver badge

    Codify national rules for an open internet.

    They did have that, until the ISPs lobbied Ashit Pie to change them.

    1. ShadowSystems

      Re: Codify national rules for an open internet.

      Hopefully now my state can get to the job of bitchslapping the big ISP's like AT&T, Charter, Comcast, etc to stop dicking around, pull their heads out of their asses, & start delivering the promises for which we have already paid for over & over & over again.

      "Cough up the gigabit fiber we've paid for or we'll nuke your asses from orbit."

      Grrrr...

      1. Trigonoceps occipitalis

        Re: Codify national rules for an open internet.

        "Cough up the gigabit fiber we've paid for or we'll nuke your asses from orbit."

        I do sincerely hope that Robin Hood Airport doesn't have a Register account.

    2. LDS Silver badge

      It's fun when a guy like Pai shoots in his own feet...

      ... by thinking he's smarter and reclassifying the internet in a way that put it outside his authority...

    3. Dimmer

      Re: Codify national rules for an open internet.

      Open internet, YES. The POS the FCC was pushing as "Net Neutrality", NO. It was nothing of the sort. It gave a pass to the ISP's to do what they wanted to streaming content providers. If you can get a copy of it, please read it. It was nothing more than an attempt to take control of the internet. Don't care why he killed it, but he should have put forward one that would have protected the people.

      I guess I am jaded, but I have found more and more that there are 2 classes of people: Those that make the laws and those that follow them.

      1. A.P. Veening Silver badge

        Re: Codify national rules for an open internet.

        Don't forget the third class, those who don't pay any attention to laws they don't like.

    4. EricB123 Bronze badge

      Re: Codify national rules for an open internet.

      I love your way with names. Improved accuracy.

  2. HildyJ Silver badge
    Go

    California

    Living inside the Beltway (the Washinton, DC ring road), I truly appreciate California's willingness to stand up to lobbyists, something DC is loathe to do.

    If not for the earthquakes, droughts, and fires, I'd relocate there.

    1. A.P. Veening Silver badge

      Re: California

      I can't blame you for your opinion about droughts and fires, but with regard to earthquakes, everything east of San Andreas will eventually slide into the Atlantic ;)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: California

        Great news!

        Two coasts to surf on.

        Anything we can do to speed things up?

        (Frack more? Leave really heavy stuff outside? Elect sodomites?)

      2. ST Silver badge
        Boffin

        Re: California

        > everything east of San Andreas will eventually slide into the Atlantic

        You need a refresher on tectonic plate movements.

        The Pacific Plate slides northwest. The North American Plate slides southeast.

        If anything, New York City will eventually end up where San Diego is right now. That's going West, not East.

        The Atlantic Ocean is on the Eastern Seaboard of the US.

  3. Claverhouse Silver badge
    Angel

    Be Careful What You Wish For...

    In an emailed statement, the organizations told us, "We're disappointed and will review our options. Once again, a piecemeal approach to this issue is untenable and Congress should codify national rules for an open Internet once and for all." In an emailed statement, the organizations told us, "We're disappointed and will review our options. Once again, a piecemeal approach to this issue is untenable and Congress should codify national rules for an open Internet once and for all."

    Few will disagree..

    1. LDS Silver badge

      Re: Be Careful What You Wish For...

      It's just they prefer to lobby a single Congress than fifty ones... then "open" may mean anything.

    2. bpfh

      Re: Be Careful What You Wish For...

      But this *was* the wish they wished for! They just didn't think that getting the FCC to deregulate them at a federal level, allowing them to screw more money out of users snd content providers, would open them up to regulation at the state level instead.

      1. Charles 9 Silver badge

        Re: Be Careful What You Wish For...

        They'll probably just get the SCOTUS that airwaves are beyond interstate; that rhey're beyond any one authority's ability to regulate and then dangle a stick: deregulate communications or tax air?

      2. EnviableOne Silver badge

        Re: Be Careful What You Wish For...

        cue the new CHEAPNET Act (Paid for by AT&T, Verizon, Comcast et al.)

        Congressional Harmonisation of Enabling Alternative Pricing on Network Enabled Traffic

        being federal legislation specifically allowing differential pricing to overrule neutrality and SB822

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