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Publication of Net Neutrality Rule Prompts Challenge by 24 States

23 February 2018, 02:03 | Cedric Leonard

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"Repealing net neutrality will allow internet service providers to put corporate profits over consumers by controlling what we see, do, and say online", said New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the coalition, whose members also include California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The order appeared in this morning's Federal Register; the Commission voted 3-2 along party lines to pass the "Restoring Internet Freedom" order over strenuous objections from consumer groups and the public, and allegations that numerous pro-order comments received by the FCC were faked and/or from stolen identities and possibly the result of Russian interference. The CPUC says the FCC's decision violates federal law, including but not limited to the U.S. Constitution and the Communications Act of 1934, and requests that the Court vacate the FCC's decision.

"The internet has to be a neutral place, it has to be a level playing field, everybody had to have equal access".

A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges meant to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark rules created to ensure a free and open internet from taking effect.

Software company Mozilla announced on its blog Thursday morning that it had re-filed its suit.

While the rule is published today, it doesn't take effect quite yet.


Senate Democrats are also close to having enough votes to pass a measure that would restore net neutrality, though that measure would then face an uphill battle getting the support of the House and President Trump.

One group, Public Knowledge, said that it would be filing its own lawsuit on Thursday.

"It turned a blind eye to all kinds of corruption in our public record - from Russian intervention to fake comments to stolen identities in our files", she said.

A vote was scheduled for the February 22 public meeting, but was voted on circulation February 20 and removed from the agenda for the meeting. The order reclassified the Internet as an "information service", compared to the agency's 2015 net neutrality order, which regulated the Internet as a public monopoly. "This is not right".



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