21 states are suing the FCC over net neutrality


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. "It's clear that Democrats are committed to fighting to keep the Internet from becoming the Wild West where ISPs [Internet service providers] are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers while average consumer are left with far inferior options". Another is similar in its approach to the NY bill, predicating state contracts and local cable franchises to companies following net-neutrality policies.

"The repeal of net neutrality would turn internet service providers into gatekeepers - allowing them to put profits over consumers while controlling what we see, what we do, and what we say online", New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. "Today, we are filing a lawsuit against the FCC's illegal attempt to repeal commonsense rules protecting net neutrality". Gen. Xavier Becerra. "As home to countless startups and technology giants alike, California knows this better than anywhere else".

"By repealing these rules, the FCC changed the so-called "internet of things" to the internet of kings", Miller said in the release.

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The FCC order grants internet providers sweeping new powers to block, throttle or discriminate among internet content but requires public disclosure of those practices. Such differential access speed frustrates consumers and can affect which online companies succeed and which fail. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, pitched the repeal as a way stop the federal government from "micromanaging the internet".

FCC spokesman Brian Hart declined to comment on the litigation.

Apart from NY, the other attorneys general participating in the lawsuit are from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.