California’s COPE on track

All the hoopla in Washington about fictitious network neutrality hasn’t had much effect on the progressive California legislature, where a state-wide version of COPE passed the lower house without a single “no” vote:

By a final 77-0 vote, the state Assembly passed AB 2987 this past Wednesday and the Senate is expected to take up the bill later this summer. If it clears both houses, the bill would provide for a blanket agreement allowing telephone companies to offer cable TV service in California, eliminating the need for phone companies, such as AT&T Inc. in the Sacramento region, to negotiate separate deals with every municipality.

The Kool-Aid hasn’t reached Sacramento. That doesn’t mean it won’t, but few bills that clear the Assembly this easily run into trouble in the Senate.