California’s net neutrality rules face legal test

"“I think the California bill is on strong legal ground,” said Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick.

In removing the 2015 net neutrality rules, she pointed out, the Federal Communications Commission said it should not have the power to impose such restrictions on internet service providers.

“If the FCC doesn’t have authority to adopt net neutrality rules then it can’t prevent the states from adopting their own net neutrality rules,” van Schewick said.

But the trade commission lacks rule-making authority, and primarily responds to complaints, said Ryan Singel, a fellow at Stanford Law."