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Trump administration sues California over newly-signed net neutrality law

IANS  |  San Francisco 

has sued the state of in an effort to strike down its new law, signed only hours earlier by Democratic

Among 34 bills signed on Sunday afternoon, Brown approved the nation's toughest protections, setting up a legal fight by bringing back Obama-era the repealed about nine months ago, reports

The Justice Department filed its lawsuit on Sunday night, arguing Senate Bill 822 interferes with the federal government's deregulatory approach to the internet.

"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 and protect our Constitutional order," Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Three states - Oregon, and - passed their own bills ahead of California, though none of them were as strict.

The law prevents providers from slowing down or blocking websites, as well as charging higher fees for faster speeds.

It also limits some zero-rated data plans.

The bill's sponsor, state Senator called Sunday a win for an open society, said.

"While the does everything in its power to undermine our democracy, we in will continue to do what's right for our residents," Wiener said.

"Net neutrality, at its core, is the basic notion that we each get to decide where we go on the internet, as opposed to having that decision made for us by It's also about ensuring a level playing field for ideas and for businesses trying to compete."

(FCC) voiced support for the federal lawsuit.

Identifying the internet as a interstate information service, the Indian-origin lawmaker said only the can set policy for it.

In January, California pushed back against the FCC's repeal of net neutrality, along with 21 other states.

The moved the bill to the governor's desk on September 11.



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First Published: Mon, October 01 2018. 08:48 IST