FCC chairman says California's attempt to enforce net neutrality rules is "illegal"

In a speech at the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai says California's attempt to enforce net neutrality rules is "illegal" and "poses a risk to the rest of the country." He claims that "only the federal government can set regulatory policy in this area." According to him, "the Internet should be run by engineers, entrepreneurs, and technologists, not lawyers, bureaucrats, and politicians. That’s what we decided in 2017, and we’re going to fight to make sure it stays that way." The Senator Scott Wiener, one of the sponsors of the Californian net neutrality bill, reacts saying "California isn't run by the big telecom and cable companies" and "California understands exactly what it takes to foster an open innovation economy with a level playing field.