Attorney General Becerra sues FCC over repeal of net neutrality rules


The petition, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, would block the rollback which FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, has championed since being appointed by President Donald Trump past year.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the suit, said Tuesday that the end of the net neutrality rules would hurt consumers and businesses.

"The move comes amid widespread criticism of the FCC's December 14 decision to scrap Obama-era rules that prohibited Internet service providers from blocking or slowing down websites, applications and content".

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has joined a group of attorneys general who are suing to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules.

The attorney generals listed in the suit are the District of Columbia, New York, California, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington are all part of the suit.

Last month the Republican-led FCC voted down party lines, 3-2, eliminating the rules and opening the doors for ISPs to have greater control of the internet.

Now, Senate Democrats are trotting out the act to undo a Republican effort to let cable and phone companies meddle with the internet.

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Along with a coalition of 21 other states and the District of Columbia, the State Attorney General's Office (AGO) filed the petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. As Phone Arena notes, the Senators only had 60 days to challenge the FCC's decision to gut Net Neutrality and now, they only have half of that time to work with.

Mozilla said on Tuesday, "The internet is a global, public resource ending net neutrality could end the internet as we know it".

Senate Democrats say they have already secured 50 votes, and need one more for the measure's passage.

Trump has veto power If the House and Senate are successful in passing a joint resolution, President Donald Trump still has the power to veto their decision. Unlike a complaint, the petition does not elaborate further on the attorneys' legal arguments. In fact, a Washington Post survey found that 83 percent of Americans supported net neutrality.

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

To win passage of the resolution, its supporters must recruit one more Republican member to their ranks.

Some people are fighting the FCC's ruling to repeal net neutrality rules.