The major problem with Trump suing California over net neutrality

The Justice Department announced on Sunday night that it will sue California for enacting its own net neutrality law. And the internet isn’t happy about it.

The bill in California has been heralded by net neutrality advocates as one of the toughest legislative fixes in the wake of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinding the federal-level protections last year.

While there was much rejoicing after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed California’s bill into law on Sunday night, the emotions online quickly turned to anger after the Justice Department announced its intention to sue the state over the law, claiming that it “unlawfully imposes burdens on the federal government’s deregulatory approach to the internet.”

The reaction among people online over the news was quick, with many people pointing out that “state’s rights” are typically a hallmark position for Republicans.

Other people directed their outrage at FCC Chairman Ajit Pai–who is a frequent target of people’s ire online–and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, both of whom blasted the law in statements in the Justice Department’s lawsuit announcement.

Considering that people online routinely rally around net neutrality causes in large numbers, it’s not shocking that their reaction to the Justice Department’s decision was so quick and so fierce.


Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today,, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).