23 Democrat AGs sued to protect Net Neutrality. 3 Republican AGs filed brief backing FCC.

❝ The Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules has received support from the Republican attorneys general of Texas, Arkansas, and Nebraska…

❝ The FCC’s net neutrality repeal is being challenged in a lawsuit filed by all 22 US states with a Democratic attorney general, as well as the District of Columbia, which also has a Democratic AG.

The net neutrality repeal has drawn interest from state governments partly because the FCC claimed that it can preempt states from enacting their own net neutrality rules. The states’ lawsuit against the FCC seeks to reinstate federal net neutrality rules and prevent preemption of state laws, such as one just passed in California.

Republican sycophants holding state office crawl to kiss federal butt. Never can tell. Might get them a spot on the ticket for federal office or an appointment from the fake president.

4 thoughts on “23 Democrat AGs sued to protect Net Neutrality. 3 Republican AGs filed brief backing FCC.

  1. Rust never sleeps says:

    US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), one of Congress’s most outspoken opponents of strict net neutrality rules, has won a US Senate seat. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/11/net-neutrality-foe-marsha-blackburn-wins-us-senate-seat/ Blackburn has been in the House since 2003, and chairs a key subcommittee that oversees telecommunications. She’ll leave the House and become a senator on January 3, 2019, taking over the seat vacated by Republican Bob Corker, who is retiring.
    Because Republicans maintained their Senate majority, Blackburn could play a key role in writing net neutrality legislation. Blackburn has authored several net neutrality bills the past few years, including the “Open Internet Preservation Act,” which would ban blocking and throttling but allow ISPs to create paid fast lanes and prohibit state governments from enacting their own net neutrality laws. The bill would also prohibit the FCC from imposing any type of common carrier regulations on broadband providers.
    Blackburn has argued in favor of paid prioritization, saying that websites and online services should pay ISPs for priority access just as Americans pay for TSA Precheck in order to go through airport security lines faster.
    A Blackburn-authored net neutrality bill isn’t likely to pass the full Congress because yesterday’s elections will let Democrats take control of the House.”

  2. Update says:

    FCC struggles to convince judge that broadband isn’t “telecommunications” : Skeptical judges question FCC’s justification of net neutrality repeal. (Ars Technica 2/1/19) https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/02/throttling-of-firefighters-hurts-fcc-case-as-it-defends-net-neutrality-repeal/ Oral arguments were held today in the case, which is being decided by a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Audio of the four-hour-plus oral arguments is available here.) Throttling of firefighters’ data plans played a major role in today’s oral arguments. The lawsuit seeking to overturn the net neutrality repeal was filed by more than three dozen entities, including state attorneys general, consumer advocacy groups, and tech companies such as Mozilla and Vimeo [see links].

  3. Update says:

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday delivered a mixed ruling for net neutrality supporters and opponents alike, allowing the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 repeal to stand but striking down a provision blocking states from implementing their own open internet rules.
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals also ordered the FCC to revise the repeal order to take into consideration other issues, like the effect that it will have on public safety. https://thehill.com/policy/technology/463805-appeals-court-upholds-net-neutrality-repeal-but-rules-fcc-cant-block-state

  4. Update says:

    FCC’s “illogical” claim that broadband isn’t telecommunications faces appeal : Mozilla, others ask court to reverse ruling that let FCC kill net neutrality. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/12/fccs-illogical-claim-that-broadband-isnt-telecommunications-faces-appeal/
    The FCC repeal was upheld in October by a three-judge panel at the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The court had some good news for net neutrality supporters because it vacated the FCC’s attempt to preempt all current and future state net neutrality laws. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/10/net-neutrality-still-dead-but-judges-rule-that-fcc-cant-preempt-state-laws/
    But Mozilla and others aren’t giving up hope on reinstating the FCC rules nationwide.
    The Mozilla petition filed today [12/13/19] asks for an en banc rehearing of the case involving all of the DC Circuit judges. Mozilla is probably facing an uphill battle because the three-judge panel unanimously agreed that the FCC can repeal its own net neutrality rules. https://blog.mozilla.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Mozilla-v-FCC-Joint-Petition-for-Rehearing-En-Banc.pdf

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