Governor signs California Net Neutrality Act of 2018

Governor signs California Net Neutrality Act of 2018

Posted September 30th, 2018 by seanm

Governor Brown signed the California Net Neutrality Act of 2018 (SB 822)
Approval comes close to deadline September 30, 2018

With a midnight deadline approaching on Sunday September 30, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 822, the California Internet Neutrality Act of 2018 - immediately triggering a reaction from the Trump Administration with threats of a legal challenge.

Following Federal Communications Commission (FCC) action to abandon open internet regulations under Title II of the Communications Act in December 2017, several states took actions to reclaim open internet protections, including both administrative and legislative efforts. In California Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 822, the California Net Neutrality Act of 2018. Along with many public interest and consumer advocacy groups across the state and the nation, Access Humboldt strongly supported SB 822 in the State Legislature this session, including a call to action in April 2018 laying out the case for open internet - that is online here:

During the 2018 legislative session Access Humboldt captured the video coverage of proceedings on SB 822 and made those excerpts available online through the Community Media Archive collection. Those video programs can be found at this link:

Finally, representing a North Coast rural perspective attuned to community anchors, Access Humboldt sent a letter to the Governor on September 7, 2018 asking him to sign SB 822 - that letter is online here: And, joining with social justice groups led by Center for Media Justice, Access Humboldt also signed on to a letter asking the Governor to consider implications for critical civil rights and racial justice issues. That letter is attached below.

Today, Access Humboldt's executive director Sean Taketa McLaughlin said, "Thanks to our local, state and federal elected officials for standing up to a wave of influence from industry special interests, California now has the strongest open internet protections in the nation. Senator Weiner (D-San Francisco) championed the legislation through some very sophisticated, ruthless and well funded opposition. Special thanks to North Coast Senator McGuire and Assemblymember Wood who both signed on as co-sponsors and helped overcome industry efforts to kill the measure. We know these consumer protections will be challenged, and the political tenor of the federal courts could influence those results - but our duty is to advance policies that protect localism, diversity and competition in the marketplace of ideas. At the foundation of freedom of information and expression is the open internet. And we fully expect that eternal vigilance will be required."

For more information, contact Sean Taketa McLaughlin e:


Access Humboldt is a non-profit, community media & broadband access organization serving the residents and local jurisdictions of Humboldt County on the North Coast of California USA, managing resources that include: cable access TV channels; KZZH FM 96.7 community radio; a wide area broadband network with dedicated optic fiber connections to twenty locations serving local jurisdictions and community anchor institutions; broadband access wireless networks; a Community Media Center with studio and other production equipment and training on the Eureka High School campus; and ongoing operational support for public, educational and governmental access media services.


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