NY AG threatens lawsuit against FCC after net neutrality repeal

Minutes after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the net neutrality rule, New York's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman threatened the agency with a lawsuit.

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 5:42 PM
Updated: Dec 14, 2017 5:57 PM

ALBANY, N.Y.--Minutes after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the net neutrality rule, New York's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman threatened the agency with a lawsuit.

The 2015 internet regulations mandated internet service providers treat all websites equally, regardless of content, platform or method of use. The FCC repealed the regulation in a 3-2 decision.

Schneiderman released the following statement Thursday:

“The FCC’s vote to rip apart net neutrality is a blow to New York consumers, and to everyone who cares about a free and open internet.

The FCC just gave Big Telecom an early Christmas present, by giving internet service providers yet another way to put corporate profits over consumers. Today’s rollback will give ISPs new ways to control what we see, what we do, and what we say online. That’s a threat to the free exchange of ideas that’s made the Internet a valuable asset in our democratic process.

Today’s new rule would enable ISPs to charge consumers more to access sites like Facebook and Twitter and give them the leverage to degrade high quality of video streaming until and unless somebody pays them more money. Even worse, today’s vote would enable ISPs to favor certain viewpoints over others.

New Yorkers deserve the right to a free and open Internet. That’s why we will sue to stop the FCC’s illegal rollback of net neutrality.

Today’s vote also follows a public comment process that was deeply corrupted, including two million comments that stole the identities of real people. This is a crime under New York law – and the FCC’s decision to go ahead with the vote makes a mockery of government integrity and rewards the very perpetrators who scammed the system to advance their own agenda.

This is not just an attack on the future of our internet. It’s an attack on all New Yorkers, and on the integrity of every American's voice in government – and we will fight back.”

The attorney general of Washington state has threatened similar legal action.

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