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Supporters of Net Neutrality protest the FCC's recent decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles
California lawmakers moved on Thursday toward imposing the nation's strictest net neutrality laws on internet providers, flying in the face of sweeping new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules seen as a win for the companies.
Members of the California Assembly voted 58-17 to send the bill to their colleagues in the state Senate, who have until midnight to pass so-called SB 822 on the final day of the legislative session or wait until next year.
If the measure passes both chambers of the Democrat-controlled state legislature it would still require approval from Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, who has not said if he would sign it into law.
"We have just one final vote left to go to get the strongest net neutrality protections in the nation passed out of the legislature and onto the governor's desk," state Senator Scott Wiener, the bill's author, said in a statement.
"We will take nothing for granted, but we have momentum and the support of a broad and diverse coalition that understands the importance of a free and open internet for everyone," Wiener said.
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