Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Net Neutrality Restoration Backed by 22 States

Led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, 22 States filed a Brief yesterday supporting an Effort to Reverse the Federal Communications Commission (FEC)’s Unpopular Decision to Roll Back Net Neutrality. The Brief, backing a January Lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., represents the latest Coordinated Attempt to Restore Regulations, Repealed in December, against Internet Providers Selling “Fast Lanes” to some Websites, effectively Limiting others’ Bandwidth.

The Group includes AGs representing California, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, and numerous other Populous States comprising more than 165 Million Americans. The Brief states that the FCC's Order to Roll Back Net Neutrality Rules is "arbitrary and capricious" because it puts Consumers at Risk of Abusive Practices, and that the Order Unlawfully Preempts State and Local Regulations.

"A free and open internet is critical to New York—and to our democracy. By repealing net neutrality, the FCC is allowing internet service providers to put their profits before consumers while controlling what we see, do, and say online," said Attorney General Underwood.

Earlier this Year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signed an Executive Order that requires State Governments to Secure a Net Neutrality Pledge before inking Deals with any Internet Service Providers (ISP). Montana Gov. Steve Bullock did the same.

This Lawsuit is one of Several efforts to Fight the FCC's Ruling. In May, the U.S. Senate narrowly Voted to Reverse the Rollback, but the Measure has not been Voted on in the House. If it ever made it to President Trump's Desk, meanwhile, he'd be unlikely to Approve it. Trump Appointed Current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who has been Vocal in his Support for the Net Neutrality Rollback.

Other Parties, such as Mozilla, Etsy, Vimeo, and the Open Technology Institute, are following Suit with their own Legal Challenges.

Sites including Reddit and Tumblr also participated in the #OneMoreVote Campaign back in February.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

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