In an effort to quash California’s efforts to keep the repeal of net neutrality laws from affecting the state’s high population and booming tech market, Donald Trump’s Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the state. The suit came hours after California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 822, which prohibits deliberate slowing of service by internet providers, into law.
The suit claims that California Senate Bill 822
“unlawfully imposes burdens on the Federal Government’s deregulatory approach to the Internet.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions added:
“States do not regulate interstate commerce — the federal government does. Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy.”
While President Donald Trump and his administration have routinely railed against regulation in any form, the vast majority of Americans were opposed to abolishing regulations of the internet. Repeal of net neutrality laws opens the door for internet providers favoring certain users over others, charging higher for different internet speeds, charging more for specific websites and other impositions. With a service as vital and useful as internet access, the policies could hinder service to millions of Americans.
The suit was filed hours after Governor Brown signed S.B. 822 into law. Now, Americans are speaking out against it.
Trump administration always sides with big business against the common person, yet Trump claims to care about average Americans.
— Ron Waxman 🏳️🌈 (@RonWaxman) October 1, 2018
There's clearly a right side and a wrong side here. California wants to protect the free and fair internet instead of helping big cable companies https://t.co/LGshPFmYmC
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) October 1, 2018
The trump administration: God forbid taxpayer money is used for fixing infrastructure, health care, or education; nope, let's waste more money suing a state for protecting its citizens against the greedy abuse of internet service providers. How trump works to bankrupt the USA 202
— connie k. wingo (@angelrubes) October 1, 2018
God forbid the DOJ should side with people for once.
— Kathryn Grace (@YayYaysKitchen) October 1, 2018
The Republican party has long painted itself as the party of states’ rights and against “big government.” They hypocrisy didn’t go unnoticed.
I thought Republicans were all about state’s rights🤔🤔
— Willow Moonriser (@WillowMoonriser) October 1, 2018
Republicans only like state's rights when it's something Republicans agree with.
— Irisrose (@Irisrose94) October 1, 2018
What happened to all those crying #GOP states rights people
— Peter Vroutos (@themothboy) October 1, 2018
But if the justice department plans to hinder all states’ efforts to fight against the repeal of net neutrality laws, it has a lot of work ahead.