States and Half the Senate Are Trying to Bring Net Neutrality Back

New York Eric Schneiderman

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As attorneys general from 21 states have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the Federal Communications Commission's decision to end net neutrality protections, USA senators from Tennessee are weighing in on the issue.

"An open internet - and the free exchange of ideas it allows - is critical to our democratic process", said Schneiderman. They prohibited AT&T Inc., Charter Communications Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and other broadband and wireless Internet service providers from selling faster delivery of certain data, slowing speeds for specific video streams and other content, and blocking or otherwise discriminating against any legal online material.

Three members of the Virginia House of Delegates introduced a bill late Monday that will implement net neutrality rules throughout the commonwealth. The coastal regions, with the larger U.S. cities, are traditionally Democratic strongholds, and this coalition largely reflects this political stance against the Republican-leaning FCC.

NEW YORK (AP) - The expected wave of litigation against the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules has begun.

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They argued the tougher oversight led to reduced investment in broadband networks - a point net neutrality supporters dispute.

As the FCC faces a lawsuit from several states, the agency may also have to worry about Senate Democrats.

Some 22 attorneys general from across the United States have commenced legal actions against the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality.

The eventuality of the process moving to the courts was discussed during the December 14 vote to approve the controversial proposal to change existing Internet Service Provider (ISP) regulation from utility-style to information service. In fact, a Washington Post survey found that 83 percent of Americans supported net neutrality. "Finally, the rule improperly includes sweeping preemption of state and local laws".

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The problem is, any resolution condemning the FCC's killing of net neutrality would have to pass both the House and earn a signature from President Trump.

On Monday, Democrats announced all 49 of their members and one Republican, Susan Collins of ME, will vote on a bill that uses the Congressional Review Act to reinstate the neutrality regulation.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has said the repeal of would have "lasting negative impacts for our economy and nearly every aspect of our lives and would "incentivize Big Cable over other companies".

According to Kilmartin, the Administrative Procedure Act, prohibits the FCC from making "arbitrary and capricious" changes to existing policies, such as net neutrality.

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