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High-Stakes Legal Battle Shaping Up Over California Net Neutrality Law

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… reap the rewards of paid fast lanes from charging content providers to deliver their content, while also increasing customers’ monthly bills? It’s not clear how or if this will lead to increased investments and enhanced end user satisfaction.”

USTelecom, which represents AT&T, Verizon and other telcos, opposes states’ efforts to restore net neutrality.

“We all support strong and enforceable net-neutrality protections for every American — regardless of where they may live,” said Jonathan Spalter, its president and CEO. “But this bill is neither the way to get there, nor will it help advance the promise and potential of California’s innovation DNA. Rather than 50 states stepping in with their own conflicting open internet solutions, we need Congress to step up with a national framework for the whole internet ecosystem and resolve this issue once and for all.”

Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization, supports the new law, saying “without protections to keep the internet fair and open, California’s small businesses would have been at a disadvantage when trying to compete with large corporations that have the resources to ensure their websites receive special prioritization from internet service providers.”

“Until that disastrous FCC move is overturned, states must act to protect small firms that cannot afford for their websites to receive priority from internet service providers,” said Mark Herbert, the group’s California director.

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