Local tech company hoping net neutrality is saved

Todd Singleton
February 23, 2018

The FCC voted to dissolve net neutrality back in 2017 with a 3-2 vote. Publishing the final notice of the repeal, which the FCC voted on late previous year, triggers a 60-day countdown until the rules are removed.

Now that the FCC's decision is in the Federal Register, state attorneys general and advocacy groups can file lawsuits challenging it.

It is known that a number of advocacy groups and USA states are prepared to sue the FCC over the reversal, including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Nevertheless, net neutrality supporters say the repeal will allow broadband companies to act as gatekeepers of how people use the Internet, for example empowering Internet providers to prioritize their own video-streaming services over competitors'.

Editor's note: NPR's legal counsel had filed comments with the FCC on behalf of the public radio system, opposing the repeal of the 2015 net neutrality rules. But governors in Vermont, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey and NY have signed orders pledging to only do business with internet providers that abide by net neutrality rules.

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"This agency has failed the American public", she said.

"The broadband industry has embraced and fostered the development of an open internet where companies do not block, throttle or otherwise interfere with the customer's desire to go wherever they want on the internet", says a policy statement published on the group's website. "This is not right", Rosenworcel said. Democratic senators, including Chuck Schumer and Ed Markey, are trying to drum up support for a bill that would do just that. However, the chances of preserving net neutrality via the Congressional Review Act seem slim. If Markey can gather enough opponents to the repeal, it could be killed by resolution. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) claimed in January that he has a 50-vote majority in the Senate to pass such a repeal through Congress' upper chamber. Sen.

In addition to NY, attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington joined Thursday's petition.

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