The Chairman of the California Assembly’s Communications and Conveyance committee, Miguel Santiago, decided to amend California’s promising net neutrality bill, SB 822, before it was even discussed in committee.
SB 822, originally written and sponsored by Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), was circulated with key provisions removed or watered down. Parts of the bill that prohibited broadband providers from charging access fees to internet content companies and “zero rating” their own services were removed.
Yesterday, Wiener withdrew the bill from consideration in the California Assembly, saying the amendments to his bill have resulted in legislation he can no longer sponsor and support.
“Chairman Santiago just threw California’s most vulnerable communities and the future of our democracy under the bus. In an unprecedented move, Asm. Miguel Santiago—who is flush with cash from AT&T and the rest of the telecommunications industry—gutted our nation’s most comprehensive net neutrality bill. His actions jeopardize the free flow of information in the 21st Century and an open internet for all. Clearly, Santiago is more concerned with the interests of his corporate donors than with the well-being of his own constituents. Hear us loud and clear, Chairman: Courage Campaign will make sure your actions are remembered.”
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