The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to dismantle net neutrality regulations, Obama-era rules that prohibit large internet service providers like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from creating fast lanes for some content (ahem, their own), while blocking or throttling others, limiting competition and the free exchange of ideas online.
But state attorneys general are not having it. Within minutes after the FCC vote, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a multi-state lawsuit against the agency to preserve the regulations. At least 18 states are joining in and taking action in opposition to the FCC, including Illinois, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Washington. Particularly, Schneiderman cited the flood of fake comments in the public record as a corrupting influence on the FCC’s process. He led a months-long investigation into the fake comments, which often used real people's names and addresses without their knowledge.
Governors are also not having it. Washington Governor Jay Inslee already started outlining creative measures to ensure net neutrality on the state level. California state Senator Scott Wiener promised to draft similar legislation.
All-of-us must support these efforts to keep our internet free and open.
1. Call your MoC and urge them to take action to protect net neutrality and overturn the FCC vote. Log in to get your script.2. Call your governor and urge him/her to take action to protect net neutrality on the state level. Log in to get their contact info.
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