Larry Magid: US Department of Justice Suing California Over New Net Neutrality Bill
The US department of Justice is once again, taking on California suing the state over its recently signed net neutrality law, Larry, why don't the feds like the new law? Why think there are two issues, one of it, they don't like the new law because it reverses something that the Trump Federal Communications Commission voted on. I mean, Obama administration era FCC instituted net neutrality. The Trump era took it away and California wanted to bring it back 'cause they don't like it. But beyond that they have a legal argument, which I think certainly bears thumb consideration, which is who should have the right to regulate communications, and there is a lot of president v the federal government can regulate interstate commerce, interstate communication to internet indeed does cross state lines. However, there are a couple of caveats here. Number one, the FCC basically said, we don't want to regulate the internet. So in offense, they withdrew from that leaving a vacuum that California, I guess, feel that it could fill. And the second argument that I. I would make if I were the governor of the legislature with defame wait a minute, we're not telling New Yorker there. Chicago ends or anybody else what kind of net neutrality they can have. We're saying that within California, within the confines of our state, you can't do this kind of favoritism or blocking, and theoretically that could apply just for California because after all, even though internet service provider, maybe national footprint, they have a pipe going directly into California home. So it's it's the consumers. It's the customers in California that are supposed to be protected, works that direction. Yeah, maybe they're blocking me who knows. Hopefully, not. I'm not hearing. But no seriously. I mean, you could argue this, you know, forgetting the tech, whether you like net neutrality or not, but you could argue it from a legal standpoint. I think it's going to be an interesting battle and it wouldn't surprise me if it went all the way up to the supreme court.