In a joint statement, multiple telecom industry associations said they will review the judge's decision “before deciding on next steps.” They urged Congress to set net-neutrality rules for the country rather than relying on states to come up with regulations on their own.
“A state-by-state approach to Internet regulation will confuse consumers and deter innovation, just as the importance of broadband for all has never been more apparent," read the statement from the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, ACA Connects, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and USTelecom.
California's law was spurred by the Federal Communications Commission's 2017 decision to repeal net-neutrality rules that applied nationwide. The telecom industry fought hard against the bill, arguing it would discourage companies from investing in faster internet speeds.
But advocates say without the rules, it would make it easy for internet providers to favor their own services by making it harder for customers to access their competitors' websites and apps.
The law seeks to ban internet providers from slowing down customers' data streams based on the content they are viewing. It also bars providers from speeding up access to websites willing to pay extra for special treatment.
“The ability of an internet service provider to block, slow down or speed up content based on a user’s ability to pay for service degrades the very idea of a competitive marketplace and the open transfer of information at the core of our increasingly digital and connected world," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.