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US: DOJ sues California over net neutrality rules

 |  October 1, 2018
The Department of Justice (DOJ) sued California over its new new neutrality law, a little over an hour after Gov. Jerry Brown  signed the bill, reported the Financial Times.
The lawsuit claims the California bill is “unlawful and anti-consumer” because it goes against the federal government’s “deregulatory approach to the Internet.” Jeff Sessions, the US attorney-general, declared the California law “extreme” and “illegal”, arguing that the states could not regulate interstate trade.

“The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our constitutional order,” he said. “We will do so with vigor.”

Jerry Brown signed the state’s net neutrality bill into law on Sunday, September 30, to restore Obama-era protections that prevented internet service providers from charging extra for fast-lane services or discriminating against certain sites.

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