State Attorneys Respond to FCC Net Neutrality Vote with Lawsuits
A number of lawmakers and public officials at the state level have promised to fight the FCC's Dec. 14 vote to overturn net neutrality rules. The Republican-led FCC voted along party lines to eliminate the existing rules, suggesting they limited investment in broadband services. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was among the first to promise to sue the agency. "We will be filing a claim to preserve protections for New Yorkers and all Americans. And we’ll be working aggressively to stop the FCC’s leadership from doing any further damage to the internet and to our economy," said Schneiderman in a statement. Schneiderman has led efforts to uncover suspected foul play in the FCC's commenting system, where he found more than two million fraudulent comments. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stymied Schneiderman's attempt to investigate the issue in depth. Schneiderman was supported by 18 attorneys general from around the country. On Thursday, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced his own plans to sue the FCC, and Ferguson will also support the actions of New York State. "Allowing internet service providers to discriminate based on content undermines a free and open internet. Today’s action will seriously harm consumers, innovation and small businesses," said Ferguson. A number of senators and representatives from states around the country announced similar plans following the FCC's vote.
22 Attorneys General Sue to Block FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today, along with the attorneys general of 20 other states and the District of Columbia, filed a petition to block the FCC's attempt to repeal net neutrality. The FCC voted in December to scrap Obama-era rules that prohibit internet service providers from prioritizing some web sites and services over others.
Washington State First to Approve Its Own Net Neutrality Rules
The State of Washington on Monday approved its own set of laws regulating net neutrality after the FCC voted in December to scrap such laws at the federal level. The law bans internet providers from throttling and/or blocking content, and also mandates that they make public their network management policies.
Net Neutrality Rules Officially Expire Today
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today.
Montana Governor Seeks to Make Net Neutrality Compulsory
Montana Governor Steve Bullock today signed an executive order that would force internet service providers to comply with several basic tenets of net neutrality. Specifically, Bullock said any ISP that has a contract with the state government cannot block web sites or create for-pay fast lanes that would impact its other customers.