California Senator Scott Wiener introduced a Net Neutrality bill that's actually stricter than the Title II Net Neutrality regulations that the FCC voted to repeal late last year, and as the bill makes its way through his home state of California, he has teamed up with New York Senator Brad Hoylman to draft up an equivalent bill for the state of New York. The New York bill is mostly equivalent from a functional standpoint, but adds on to Wiener's SB 822 in a couple of ways, the biggest of which is the fact that ISPs who are not in full compliance with the bill cannot get any sort of state, county, or city contracts.
Senator Hoylman's bill strikes a number of familiar chords. ISPs are not allowed to block or throttle access to lawful content, they cannot charge consumers an access fee for services, they can't treat data traffic differently based on what type of device it's coming from, and they can't engage in any sort of deceitful, misleading or dishonest marketing practices. All of these protections mimic what's found in SB 822, for the most part, and are intended to provide the sorts of protections that the repealed Title II Net Neutrality laws were created to ensure, but without having to lump ISPs in with more essential utilities from a regulatory standpoint.
A large number of companies and lobbyists, including the likes of AT&T and Comcast, have voiced no end of opposition to this bill and others like it, and some entities have even threatened to bring legal action against those who would question the authority of the FCC. The organization's ex-chairman, Tom Wheeler, spoke out in support of SB 822, saying that it affords all of the protections that consumers need in order to preserve a free and open internet for all. Thus far, SB 822 has rolled through the California Senate with no issues, seeing barely any opposition and no real action against it thus far. If it passes the state Senate and makes its way into law books, however, things could change in short order if the state or other internal organizations are sued by entities with vested interests in preserving the FCC's repeal that has yet to fully enter into force.