New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Thursday that his office is planning a legal challenge to the FCC's ruling against net neutrality rules today. Joining him in calls for the commission to delay its vote due to fraudulent public comment submissions were attorneys general from eighteen other states.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai went ahead with the vote Thursday, resulting in a 3-2 decision to rescind the net neutrality rules.
Citing his investigation into the FCC’s public comments process preceding the vote, Schneiderman declared his office’s intention to sue to “stop the FCC’s illegal rollback of net neutrality” — a forthcoming legal challenge that’s sure to be in good company. In response to questions from TechCrunch, Schneiderman’s office noted that he will spearhead a multi-state lawsuit and that we can expect it “in the coming days.”
Schneiderman said he is filing the claim in order to protect New Yorkers and all Americans and prevent the FCC from "**doing any further damage to the internet and to our economy."**
“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.”
The New York A.G. also said he expects attorneys general from other states will likely join his effort. The following states' attorneys general previously and unsuccesfully appealed to the FCC to delay today's vote:
The letter included 18 attorneys general from the states of Virginia, Delaware, Hawaii, California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, Oregon, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Washington, Vermont and the District of Columbia.