21 states are suing the FCC over net neutrality

21 states are suing the FCC over net neutrality

He joined New York AG Eric Schneiderman and 20 other state attorneys general in filing the petition to start the lawsuit, calling the FCC's rollback of the rules "arbitrary" and "capricious".

Rosenblum spearheaded a letter from 18 state attorneys general to the FCC in early December urging commissioners to delay a vote until investigators could determine whether fraud was committed in the FCC comment process.

"The petition is the first step by states to attempt to block the FCC's decision, and it will allow the attorneys general to move forward with the appeal in the future", said an announcement from Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

"The free and open internet has become a backbone to the way our people, our business and our society work, learn and live", Denn said in a release announcing Delaware's involvement. As home to countless start-ups and technology giants alike, California knows this better than anywhere else. The order the Internet as an "information service", compared to the agency's 2015 net neutrality order, which regulated the Internet as a public monopoly.

"Allowing powerful special interests to act as the Internet's gatekeepers harms consumers, innovation, and small businesses", Ferguson said. All 49 Democrats and one Republican (Susan Collins of Maine) are siding in favor of the resolution.

The bill, which requires 51 votes in order to pass, now has backing from the 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus, including independents Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine. There are efforts by Democrats to undo the repeal in Congress. Democrats need 51 votes to win any proposal in the Republican-controlled Senate because Vice President Mike Pence can break any tie.

The FCC chairman has long opposed net neutrality regulations and voted against them when he was FCC commissioner in 2015.

"We've made good progress so far in getting members to sign on as original cosponsors of our bill to restore net neutrality, and I will continue to seek additional cosponsors in the weeks ahead", Doyle said in a statement. Senator John Kennedy, R-La., is reportedly considering the proposal and has expressed support for finding a legislative solution to establish net neutrality protections.

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