At the California Majority Report, Steve Maviglio writes about how the California Public Utilities Commission is trying to kill legislation that would prevent the commission from regulating the Internet:
The flash point is legislation (SB 1161) introduced by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Los Angeles) that would prevent the PUC from regulating the Internet unless the Legislature authorizes it to do so. The PUC seems to be pulling out all the stops to try to scuttle the legislation, and is widely expected to take a formal position against the bill when it meets on Thursday.
Fireworks over the PUC’s attempt at internet regulation already have begun. Most notably, when the PUC issued a fiscal analysis of the bill early last week that it sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee. To nearly everyone’s amazement, the PUC said it would cost the agency more than $1 billion not to regulate the Internet.
The whole, bizarre story is worth checking out — especially, as Maviglio points out, California Governor Jerry Brown recently told Silicon Valley his office was looking to reduce regulations.