On Thursday, a coalition of attorney generals from 23 states filed a petition to formally commence their lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of net neutrality.
The coalition filed the petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit after the FCC published the final rule rolling back net neutrality in the Federal Register, according to a news release issued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office.
Schneiderman issued the following statement: “Today (Thursday), the FCC made official its illegal rollback of net neutrality — and, as promised, our coalition of Attorneys General is filing suit,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “An open internet, and the free exchange of ideas it allows, is critical to our democratic process. Repealing net neutrality will allow internet service providers to put corporate profits over consumers by controlling what we see, do, and say online. Consumers and businesses in New York and across the country have the right to a free and open internet, and our coalition of Attorneys General won’t stop fighting to protect that right.”
Included in the petition are the states of New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
Read the petition below:
According to the news release, the AGs will will argue in their suit the FCC cannot make “arbitrary and capricious” changes to existing policies, such as net neutrality. They will also fight the FCC's reclassification of broadband internet as a Title 1 information service from a Title II telecommunications service as well as changes to state and local laws.
Read more about the AGs comments below: