On Wednesday, telecoms industries agreed to dismiss their plea to exclude California''s net neutrality measure, which prohibits broadband providers from using throttling service. In a federal court filing in Sacramento, the groups and California Attorney General agreed to dismiss the case.
The move came following a January judgment by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals allowing enforcement of the 2018 law, which prohibits internet providers from slowing down or limiting access to websites and applications that do not pay for premium services.
In a statement, Bonta said the trial has come to an end. Today, California''s 40 million residents have access to the internet, but messages from an attorney who represents the groups have not been immediately returned.
Former GovernorJerry Brown signed the legislation after regulators during the Trump administration murdered federal net neutrality regulations aimed at preventing AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and other important internet providers from exploiting their dominance to favor certain services or apps.
Seven states and Puerto Rico acted in response to their net neutrality policies. California, which began enforcing the legislation last year, had some significant consequences for the rest of the country.
The California law prohibits internet providers from using throttling services or charging Netflix for a faster route to customers. Several forms of zero rating a term for when a cable or phone company exempts a service from data caps.
Advocates of net-neutrality say such actions may stifle competition by putting users to the sponsored app and away from competitors.
The Trump administration was tasked with preventing California''s 2018 legislation from becoming effective for years, but the Biden administration was dropped the lawsuit.