State Sen. Scott Wiener allowed his net neutrality bill to advance out of a committee Tuesday, but warned he is prepared to shelve the legislation if negotiations with other lawmakers fail to restore consumer protections he said were gutted from the bill last week.
The bill by the San Francisco Democrat was approved Tuesday by the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee in order to keep it alive ahead of deadlines for legislative action on bills. But Wiener said the bill, as amended by the Assembly communications committee last week, is not acceptable and must be changed.
“To be clear, if the bill ultimately remains in its current form, I will withdraw it, as I have no desire to pass a fake net neutrality bill,” Wiener said. “But my sincere hope is that we will be able to amend it in the near future back into a strong form. For today’s hearing, I simply want the current version to move forward in order to continue working on it.”