California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018

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California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018
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California State Legislature
Full nameCalifornia Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018[1]
IntroducedJanuary 3, 2018
Assembly votedAugust 30, 2018
Senate votedAugust 31, 2018
Signed into lawSeptember 30, 2018
Sponsor(s)Scott Wiener
GovernorJerry Brown
CodeCivil Code
ResolutionSB822 (2017-2018 Session)

The California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018 is a law in California designed to protect net neutrality.[2] It was signed into law on September 30, 2018.[2]

The act prevents internet service providers from doing the following things:[3]

  • Blocking lawful traffic
  • Slowing lawful traffic
  • Receiving payment from an edge provider for many things
  • Paid-prioritization
  • Getting paid for Zero-rating
  • Zero-rating some content in a category, but not all content in that category (e.g. zero rating Facebook, but normal treatment for Google Plus)
  • Preventing users from using their own devices
  • Not being transparent about "network management practices, performance, and commercial terms"
  • Attempting to circumvent these laws.

The act has been lauded as the "gold standard" of net neutrality laws.[4]


Within hours, the United States Department of Justice responded by suing the state of California, claiming that states have no jurisdiction over the Internet.[5] California has said that they will fight the suit.[6]


  1. ^ "SB-822 Communications: broadband Internet access service". California State Legislature. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Cameron, Dell (September 30, 2018). "California Net Neutrality Bill Signed Into Law". Gizmodo. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Fung, Brian (July 5, 2018). "California's net neutrality bill is back and as tough as ever". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Reardon, Marguerite (September 30, 2018). "California's 'gold standard' net neutrality becomes law". CNET. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "US justice department sues California over new net neutrality law". The Guardian. September 30, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Sumagaysay, Levi (September 30, 2018). "California sued by DOJ after governor signs 'model' net neutrality bill". The Mercury News. Retrieved October 1, 2018.

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