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Free-Market Scholars, Business Groups Reject California Net Neutrality Law

California may not require net neutrality due to field preemption, said a group of free-market communications law scholars in an amicus brief Thursday in DOJ’s lawsuit against the state law (SB-822) at the U.S. District Court in Sacramento. “Whether it…

likes federal policy or not, California is not entitled to trample on the federal government’s exclusive authority over interstate communications, including the broadband Internet access services at issue here.” The brief included academics from TechFreedom, Free State Foundation, Phoenix Center and R Street Institute. California improperly “designated itself the nationwide regulator of the Internet,” said a separate amicus brief (in Pacer) by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, California Chamber of Commerce, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Telecommunications Industry Association and CALinnovates.