All Senate Democrats endorse resolution on net neutrality change

Ivan Schwartz
January 17, 2018

A coalition of 22 Democratic state attorneys general are asking a US court to reinstate the so-called net neutrality rules repealed by the Federal Communications Commission last month.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the suit.

The future of how the internet is regulated could be decided in court. "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".

Tina Pelkey, an FCC spokeswoman, declined to comment on the filing.

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"In our rural areas, where many consumers may have only a single internet service provider at best, the FCC's repeal means that provider now gets to pick winners and losers by choosing what content you can load fast, slow, or not at all", Miller said.

The lawsuits come as other efforts to stop the rules' repeal gain momentum.

The barrage of early lawsuits comes about a month after Pai led the vote at the FCC to undo rules implemented under former President Barack Obama, which prevented AT&T, Charter, Comcast a href="https://www.recode.net/2018/1/16/16894986/net-neutrality-senate-democrats-congress-votes" *though they do not appear to have the votes to succeed. Susan Collins, a Republican senator from ME, also supports the bill, setting the stage for a 50-50 tie vote that would have to be broken by Vice President Mike Pence. Anna Eshoo, Ro Khanna, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry McNerney, Nancy Pelosi and Jackie Speier. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and another from State President Pro Tem Kevin de León. The lawsuit, brought in front of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, asks the court to determine that the FCC's repeal is "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion" under the law. That's a step in the right direction, but with a Republican-controlled House and Donald Trump in the White House, it nearly certainly won't lead to legislative victory for net neutrality. Many of those who shared the video did so "just" a few times, police said, but others shared it hundreds of times - they knew what they were doing, even if they didn't realize it was illegal.

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