States go ROGUE: California, Washington, NY take steps to save the internet

The Federal Communications Commission may have voted to roll back net neutrality rules, but some state lawmakers and attorneys general say they’ll battle the feds to make sure online traffic is treated equally.

Politicians from California, Washington and New York said Thursday they’ll use a mix of legislative action and legal moves to fight the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality regulation, which was voted on earlier in the day.

Scott Wiener, a California state senator, said shortly after the vote that he’ll seek legislation requiring net neutrality in the country’s most populous state. The Democrat from San Francisco said in a post on Medium he plans formally introduce a bill early next year.

“California can regulate business practices to require net neutrality, condition state contracts on adhering to net neutrality, and require net neutrality as part of cable franchise agreements, as a condition to using the public right-of-way for internet infrastructure, and in broadband packages,” he said.