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AM Alert: FCC ‘net neutrality’ deregulation could change Internet streaming rules

Should Internet service providers be able to charge companies more for smoother, faster streaming of their content?

It’s a wonky question that has nonetheless inspired widespread online protests and a record-breaking deluge of public comments since the Federal Communications Commission announced earlier this year a proposal allowing service providers to charge for priority access, rather than treating all online content equally.

The issue of “net neutrality,” as it is known, has split telecommunications giants like AT&T and Comcast, who argue that the deregulation would ultimately benefit customers, from many Internet companies, including Netflix, and technology advocacy groups, who say that smaller websites couldn’t afford to compete under the new system.

Local Democratic Rep. Doris Matsui is bringing the debate to Sacramento with a public forum on the implications of the net neutrality proposal, 10 a.m. in Room 4202 of the Capitol. FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel are scheduled to participate.

VIDEO: If voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s rainy-day measure this November, he will have failed on one of his fundamental campaign promises, Dan Walters says.

VOX POPULI: The latest poll from the Public Policy Institute of California surveys voters’ views on the governor’s race and several ballot measures, including the water bond and the rainy-day fund. Researcher Dean Bonner will discuss the findings, noon at the CSAC Conference Center on 11th Street.

EXPLORING THE ISSUES: More hearings across the state as lawmakers flesh out their legislative packages for next session: The Assembly Higher Education Committee reviews UC Berkeley’s efforts to prevent and respond to campus sexual assaults, 1:45 p.m. at UC Berkeley. The Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection examines the environmental impacts of seawater desalination, 9:30 a.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol.

POLITICAL DISRUPTION: Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Atherton, are among the speakers at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s “Game Changers: Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration” conference, starting at 9 a.m. at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

THE CANDI-DATING GAME: Trying to figure out who to vote for this November? Find the Sacramento-area legislative and congressional candidates who best reflect your views with The Bee’s new candidate match tool.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who turns 63 today.

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