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California will become the first state to require publicly traded companies based there to have at least one woman on their corporate boards under a new law signed by Gov.

The department will insist that regulating net neutrality is exclusively the responsibility of the federal government and not the state authorities, senior DOJ officials told the Washington Post. Brown signed the nation's toughest net neutrality measure Sunday, Sept. 30, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online.

FILE PHOTO: California Governor Jerry Brown delivers his final state of the state address in Sacramento, California, U.S., January 25, 2018.

Advocates of net neutrality hope California's law will push Congress to enact national rules or encourage other states to create their own.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement that he was "pleased" by the lawsuit and asserted that it properly falls to the federal government to regulate the internet.

The Justice Department nearly immediately filed its lawsuit, arguing Senate Bill 822 interferes with the federal government's deregulatory approach to the internet, according to a statement.

A number of other U.S. states would also like to implement their own rules to protect net neutrality, although the FCC's decision clearly forbids such moves.

It also applies the net neutrality rules to so-called "interconnection" deals between network operators, something the FCC's 2015 rules didn't explicitly do. "The law prohibits many free-data plans, which allow consumers to stream video, music, and the like exempt from any data limits".

Supporters of Net Neutrality, Toyah and Lance Brown Eyes, protest the FCC's decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles, California, November 28, 2017.

Nonetheless, Martin and other legal analysts say California also has a strong legal argument.

Consequently, numerous other 25-odd states mulling over passing their own net-neutrality laws are undoubtedly going to keep tabs on the outcome of this trial, making this crucial to the fate of net-neutrality in the U.S.

The Trump administration's net neutrality repeal was a win for providers like Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, but it was opposed by internet companies like Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc. "We will do so with vigor", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The bill also required a $200,000 grant to the University of California and California State University systems to provide 24-hour phone service to abortion medication recipients, according to the report. As a result, the Trump administration wants to make an example of California.

"I am hopeful that our incoming Legislature and governor will agree that the right to choose isn't just a slogan, but rather a commitment to improving true access to abortion for students across California", she said in a statement.