More than 20 states sue to stop FCC's net neutrality repeal


Originally agreed to by the Obama FCC in 2015, net neutrality prohibits carriers/ISPs from blocking certain websites, charging more for access to specific websites, or seeking premium rates for higher quality internet service.

OR has joined 20 other states and the District of Columbia in launching a legal challenge of the Federal Communications Commission's decision December 14 to repeal a rule barring internet providers from blocking or charging more for access to one website over another.

The FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order and Breitbart News's Allum Bokhari that under net neutrality, content providers such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter have censored the Internet, stifled conservative and alternative voices, and served as a greater threat to free speech compared to ISPs. As home to countless start-ups and technology giants alike, California knows this better than anywhere else.

"Today's discussion reinforces that a free and open internet is essential to Vermont's economy, as well as the free flow of ideas, creativity, and participatory democracy", said Rep.

The decision to overturn Net Neutrality has significant implications for businesses that use internet services and for service providers delivering their platforms and services to others.

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The suit, which every Democratic state attorney general in the country joined, came as public interest groups also went to court to try to halt the FCC's policy reversal. The Senate said its resolution of disapproval through the Congressional Review Act had 50 signatures-just one vote shy of passing it. Still, even if they succeed, they would need the House of Representatives to pass a similar measure and get President Donald Trump to sign it.

Most Republicans in Congress and telecommunications companies strongly opposed the regulations, which classified broadband as a more highly regulated utility-like service under Title 2 of federal telecommunications law. And every consumer has a right to access online content without interference or manipulation by their internet service provider.

When reached Tuesday afternoon, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's spokeswoman had no comment.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer now says Democrats in the Senate are a single vote away from restoring net neutrality.