AGs Commence Lawsuit to Block Illegal Rollback of Net Neutrality

FCC chair Pai receives NRA gun award for courage

The FCC's reversal of those rules had been driven by Pai (appointed by President Trump), who has made no secret of his intention to remove the Obama era net neutrality rules.

With Orwellian rhetorical flourish, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today published the "Restoring Internet Freedom" rule, which rolled back Net Neutrality in a party line vote previous year. Without these rules, Internet service providers may force websites to pay fees for faster Internet speeds, while limiting consumers' ability to access the Internet content of their choice. The order reclassified the Internet as an "information service", compared to the agency's 2015 net neutrality order, which regulated the Internet as a public monopoly. The FCC intends to block any local jurisdictions that try to establish their own net neutrality protections. A bill that would preserve net neutrality principles in Washington state has cleared the House, 93-5, and is working its way through the Senate. Rep. Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, told BuzzFeed News in an email that the New York attorney general's suit, which is expected to be joined by over 20 state attorneys general, would be filed by Thursday afternoon.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said after the FCC's December vote that the Trump administration "supports the FCC's effort to roll back burdensome regulations". Governors of several states - New Jersey, Montana and NY - have already signed executive orders that effectively establish net neutrality principles at the state level.

"It is not going to end the internet as we know it", he observed (possibly while daydreaming about the contents of his giant mug).

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"Whether it is litigation, state action, or some other mechanism that brings it about, I am sure that robust net neutrality protections will prevail with the American public".

Whether the states can be legally successful with their challenges remains to be seen, says Brent Skorup, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In fact, the Attorney Generals of 22 different states announced their intention to sue the FCC over its decision.

One current practice that's a sign of things to come is zero-rating, where internet providers offer free data when you use certain services. Pai initiated a process to overturn net neutrality rules passed two years ago by the FCC.

More: Net neutrality rules threaten to rewind the Internet back to 2014.

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