The California State Senate will soon take up SB 1161, a measure on internet-based services and the negative impact unnecessary regulation can have on their growth and ability to create jobs.
This bill would reaffirm California’s current stance toward IP enabled services – useful tools to consumers and businesses such as Microsoft’s Skype – and other innovative technologies that can see their economic growth stifled for the developers and the customers that use them if unnecessary regulations are imposed. This measure would not affect current law protecting consumers of the ability of the legislature to enact future legislation.
Manufacturers are continuing to increase their dependence on the internet and the services enabled and delivered by it to serve their employees, customers, and shareholders. Companies rely on an open and competitive internet to help ensure their growth. In order to continue to foster continued investment, job creation and innovation in this area, it is important that policies, like California’s not unduly regulate services.
The California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications will hold a hearing on this measure April 17.