California State Legislature

Bill Title Communications: broadband Internet access service.
Hispanic Sponsors CA Former Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-CA-024); CA Sen. Scott Wiener (D-CA-011)
Date Introduced 01/03/2018
NHCSL Task Force
Broadband and Technology
Primary Issue Area Congress
Issue Areas
Administrative law and government organization
Consumer affairs
Science technology and communications
Session 2017-2018 Regular Session


Existing law imposes certain obligations in the context of particular transactions, and provides mechanisms to enforce those obligations. This bill would enact the California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018. This act would prohibit fixed and mobile Internet service providers, as defined, that provide broadband Internet access service, as defined, from engaging in specified actions concerning the treatment of Internet traffic. The act would prohibit, among other things, blocking lawful content, applications, services, or nonharmful devices, impairing or degrading lawful Internet traffic on the basis of Internet content, application, or service, or use of a nonharmful device, and specified practices relating to zero-rating, as defined. It would also prohibit fixed and mobile Internet service providers from offering or providing services other than broadband Internet access service that are delivered over the same last-mile connection as the broadband Internet access service, if those services have the purpose or effect of evading the above-described prohibitions or negatively affect the performance of broadband Internet access service.