Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Attorney General Balderas Sues to Stop Illegal Rollback of Net Neutrality

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Judith Alexander | 17 January, 2018, 00:14

"An attempt to reverse the FCC's repeal of popular net neutrality rules now has the support of at least 50 Senators, according to the https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/15/the-senates-push-to-overrule-the-fcc-on-net-neutrality-now-has-50-votes-democrats- say/?utm_term=.13b20544547c" Washington Post.

Under the Administrative Procedure Act, the FCC can not make "arbitrary and capricious" changes to existing policies, such as net neutrality.

Attorneys general in NY and other states on Tuesday sued the Federal Communications Commission over its recent vote to dismantle the net neutrality rules. The Congressional Review Act gives the Senate 60-days to challenge a decision made by an independent agency like the FCC. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), would restore the 2015 net neutrality rules repealed by a 3-2 Federal Communications Commission vote.

"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, who is leading the initiative, stated. Markey asserted, "There is a tsunami of Congressional and grassroots support to overturn the FCC's partisan and misguided decision on net neutrality". It would 218 total votes to pass in the House of Representatives. "There's overwhelming public support for preserving net neutrality, so it's no surprise that there's strong support in Congress as well".

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The death knell for the cherished principle of net neutrality sounded last month when USA regulators narrowly voted to roll back Title II protections. And even if both chambers did pass it, they would somehow have to avoid a veto from Trump, who supported the FCC's action to get rid of net neutrality.

/ FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn addresses protesters outside the Federal Communication Commission building to rally against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"It's clear that Democrats are committed to fighting to keep the internet from becoming the Wild West where ISPs are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers while average consumers are left with far inferior options", Schumer said.

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