Attorney General Tom Miller joins suit against net neutrality repeal

Posted January 17, 2018

The 2015 decision had imposed the concept of "Net Neutrality", which required broadband internet service providers to treat all data equally and prohibited them from discriminating or charging fees differently based on factors related to the user, the content, or the platform. The list includes California, Mississippi, Kentucky, Maine and North Carolina, among others. That's a step in the right direction, but with a Republican-controlled House and Donald Trump in the White House, it nearly certainly won't lead to legislative victory for net neutrality.

Software maker Mozilla Corp. filed a separate lawsuit Tuesday to block the FCC change, saying in a blog entry that "ending net neutrality could end the internet as we know it".

These rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps.

"An open internet - and the free exchange of ideas it allows - is critical to our democratic process", Schneiderman said.

Tina Pelkey, an FCC spokeswoman, declined to comment on the filing.

Net neutrality advocates rally in front of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ahead of Thursday's expected FCC vote repealing so-called net neutrality rules in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2017. Antitrust attorney David Balto says the courts have generally shown deference to agencies to set regulations as long as they provide adequate explanations. Democrats need 51 votes to win any proposal in the Republican-controlled Senate because Vice President Mike Pence breaks any tie. Earlier this month, Republican Senator Susan Collins said she would back the effort to overturn the FCC's move.

Democrats in the Senate will force a vote on a simple repeal of the FCC's repeal, using the same law, the Congressional Review Act, that Congress used to undo the Obama-era internet privacy rules.

The resolution would then need to be approved by the House of Representatives, which could be more of an uphill battle.

In New York, a bill would bar the state from contracting with broadband companies that don't follow net-neutrality principles.

NY and California are leading the group of states in the lawsuit.