California Attorney General Sues FCC Over Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

California Attorney General Sues FCC Over Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

Kentucky is one of 22 states suing the Federal Communications Commission over its planned rollback of net neutrality changes. "In repealing the net neutrality rules, the FCC ignored consumers' strong support for a free and open internet".

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, 22 attorneys general from Hawaii to ME moved to block the FCC's rollback.

They're asking the court to determine that the FCC's new net neutrality regs are "arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion" and in violation of federal law including the Constitution, the Telecommunications Act and FCC's own regulations.

Democrats are pushing a vote to restore net neutrality protections the FCC ended in December.

First approved by the FCC in 2015, the net neutrality rules require internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to treat all online content the same.

"Allowing powerful special interest to act as the Internet's gatekeepers harms consumers, innovation and small businesses", Ferguson said in a statement.

Pai and the panel's new Republican majority, however, have argued that the Obama-era rules amounted to an overreach by the federal government and thwarted innovative business practices by internet providers.

In addition to NY, other states that have joined the lawsuit include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia. Despite support for net neutrality by consumers and internet firms, president Donald Trump's FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, successfully led a vote in December to repeal it.

"The Internet is on a mission to save net neutrality, and lawmakers that stand in our way will regret it", Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, said in an email to Gizmodo.

New York's Schneiderman built a bloc of attorneys general to oppose the proposed net neutrality repeal, which he called "illegal" and "a disaster for NY consumers and businesses, and for everyone who cares about a free and open internet".

As the FCC faces a lawsuit from several states, the agency may also have to worry about Senate Democrats. Republican Senator Susan Collins has joined 49 Democrats in the endorsement of a legislative measure that would reverse the FCC's ruling.

The retitling is the backbone of what makes net neutrality mandatory, as telecoms are considered to be a universal service, where Information Services are not.



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