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CMTA-opposed 'Broadband Internet Privacy Act' moving forward in Senate

By Jarrell Cook, Legislative Manager, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Aug. 11, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On June 19th, Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) amended AB 375 to enact an expansive ‘Broadband Internet Privacy Act’.  The bill is intended to be a response the FCC’s anticipated rollback of its previous net neutrality plan.

The bill modifies existing law to restrict Internet Service Providers (ISPs) operating within California from using, disclosing, selling, or permitting access to California customer’s personally identifiable information without first obtaining a revocable opt-in consent, with certain exceptions to promote cybersecurity and public safety.  ISPs would also be prohibited from refusing service, or otherwise penalizing or incentivizing customers based on their decision to grant or withhold this consent.  ISPs would still be permitted to generate and use aggregate customer information.

CMTA opposes AB 375 because of its impact on the development of the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and the development of a telecommunications infrastructure that can support advanced manufacturing.  For more information on this bill, please contact Jarrell Cook, Associate Policy Director at jcook@cmta.net or by phone at (916) 498-3356.

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