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State AGs Sue to Stop Net Neutrality Repeal

State AGs Sue to Stop Net Neutrality Repeal
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman (Frank Franklin II/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 14 December 2017 03:55 PM

Two state attorneys general have filed lawsuits to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules.

On the same day the FCC voted to repeal the rules Thursday, Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson and New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman both announced lawsuits to prevent the rollback.

"[Thursday], I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC's decision to roll back net neutrality, along with attorneys general across the country," Ferguson said in a statement.

"We are 5-0 against the Trump Administration because they often fail to follow the law when taking executive action. There is a strong legal argument that with this action, the federal government violated the Administrative Procedure Act — again."

Ferguson claims his office will file a petition to review the alleged violation.

"Allowing Internet service providers to discriminate based on content undermines a free and open Internet. [Thursday's] action will seriously harm consumers, innovation, and small businesses."

"This is not just an attack on the future of our internet" Schneiderman said in a statement. "It's an attack on all New Yorkers, and on the integrity of every American's voice in government – and we will fight back.

"The FCC's vote to rip apart net neutrality is a blow to New York consumers, and to everyone who cares about a free and open Internet. The FCC just gave Big Telecom an early Christmas present, by giving Internet service providers yet another way to put corporate profits over consumers. [Thursday's] rollback will give ISPs new ways to control what we see, what we do, and what we say online. That's a threat to the free exchange of ideas that's made the Internet a valuable asset in our democratic process."

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New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman and Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson filed lawsuits to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules.
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