California can finally enforce its landmark net neutrality law, judge rules

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Net neutrality died a horrible death in 2017, but things have just turned around: California’s landmark net neutrality law — erected in 2018 but immediately blocked by lawsuits from Trump’s Department of Justice and the telecom industry — can finally be enforced.

That’s the verdict from Judge John Mendez today, who declined to grant the telecom industry the preliminary injunction it had requested. The case might not be over, but the law can go into effect — and the judge doesn’t think the telecom industry is likely to win.

According to MLEx journalist Mike Swift and The Hollywood Reporter’s

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Law enforcement officials testify on security failures during siege at U.S. Capitol

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Yamiche Alcindor:

That’s right.

This was a striking hearing on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers, as well as law enforcement officials, were going into detail and at times reliving that siege on the Capitol, talking about the lies, as well as the failures that led to that attack.

There was this big consensus, it seemed, among lawmakers that things need to get better, that this needs to be prevented. But there were also fireworks. And those fireworks centered on three Republican senators in particular, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas, as well as Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

For Ted

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Utah Legislature OKs Lauren McCluskey bill to clarify revenge porn law

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislature gave final approval on Tuesday to a scaled-back version of a bill inspired by issues surrounding the death of University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey.

The Utah House of Representatives voted unanimously to concur with Senate changes made to HB147, which narrowed the bill to specifically outlaw the sharing of intimate images without consent outside legitimate law enforcement investigative purposes, regardless of whether a victim is alive to suffer emotional distress.

The bill now goes to Gov. Spencer Cox’s desk for his consideration.

More than two years ago, McCluskey gave intimate photos

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Net neutrality law to take effect in California after judge deals blow to telecom industry

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California enacted its open-Internet law in September 2018, months after the U.S. government under President Donald Trump eliminated national net neutrality protections. Golden State lawmakers said at the time that they had no choice but to adopt their own approach to prevent Internet providers from blocking or slowing down Web traffic or charging for faster delivery of some content or services.

But California’s digital protections spawned immediate legal blowback: The Trump-era Justice Department sued to block them hours after they became law. AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other telecom companies, acting through their major lobbying groups, soon filed a lawsuit

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California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday cleared the way for California to enforce its net neutrality law, denying a request by telecommunications providers to delay state rules meant to ensure equal access to internet content.

Judge John Mendez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a motion for preliminary injunction brought by the group of internet service providers that had sued to stop the 2018 state law from going into effect.

Net neutrality is the notion that all internet content should be accessible to consumers and that broadband providers cannot block or degrade content,

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