22 STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL SUE TO BLOCK NET NEUTRALITY ROLLBACK | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


22 STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL SUE TO BLOCK NET NEUTRALITY ROLLBACK

In one of the first high-profile attempts to block the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality rules through the courts, 22 state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit challenging the plan.

Led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the petition asks a court to find that the FCC’s plan runs afoul of federal law.

“An open internet — and the free exchange of ideas it allows – is critical to our democratic process,” Schneiderman said in a statement announcing the suit. “The repeal of net neutrality would turn internet service providers into gatekeepers – allowing them to put profits over consumers while controlling what we see, what we do, and what we say online.”

The lawsuit, brought in front of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, asks the court to determine that the FCC’s repeal is “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion” under the law. The suit will also argue that the FCC wrongly reclassified broadband as a so-called Title I information service — rather than a Title II service — because of “an erroneous and unreasonable interpretation” communications law.

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