Among 34 bills signed on Sunday afternoon, Brown approved the nation's toughest net neutrality protections, setting up a legal fight by bringing back Obama-era internet regulations the federal government repealed about nine months ago, reports USA Today.
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 federal government and protect our Constitutional order," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
It also limits some zero-rated data plans.
"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 internet service providers. It's also about ensuring a level playing field for ideas and for businesses trying to compete."
Identifying the internet as a interstate information service, the Indian-origin lawmaker said only the federal government can set policy for it.
The California legislature moved the bill to the governor's desk on September 11.
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