Markey aims to force net neutrality vote in US Senate

Net neutrality rollback: 22 US attorneys general sue the FCC

A group of 22 USA state attorneys general - including those of California, New York and Virginia - have filed a lawsuit to challenge the FCC's decision to repeal its net neutrality protections.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the states' suit, said that the FCC's repeal of the net neutrality rules was "arbitrary" and "capricious" and violates federal law.

Schneiderman said that Pai's new rule fails to justify the FCC's long-standing policy of defending net neutrality and disregards critical evidence on how businesses and consumers would be harmed by the change.

A month after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality regulations, state attorneys, legislators and advocacy groups are asking courts to prevent the regulations from moving forward. Joining them, are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

"There is a great deal of work to be done to push back against the FCC's order, but with the support of the public, the courts, and Congress, we are hopeful that net neutrality will ultimately prevail", she told Courthouse News Wednesday. All 49 Senate Democrats are firmly behind the bill.

The states argue that the FCC chairman Ajit Pai's decision is based on a flawed interpretation of the Telecommunications Act.

Internet tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon have voiced their concerns about dismantling net neutrality laws.

Senate Democrats are getting serious about overruling the FCC's recent decision to kill net neutrality protections. But it's not so simple: a repeal would require a vote in the House of Representatives, too, and Republicans hold a larger majority there than in the Senate. With one more supporter, the coalition could successfully vote for a rollback using a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution. Lawmakers in a number of states are pursuing net-neutrality bills anyway. "This lawsuit challenges the rushed attempt, riddled with irregularities, by the Trump Administration to rollback net neutrality".

A lawsuit filed by internet providers to repeal net neutrality was not successful. Unlike a complaint, the petition does not elaborate further on the attorneys' legal arguments.

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".

Industry groups sought to have the rules repealed - filing a lawsuit against the FCC that ultimately ended in defeat.

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