“Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia filed the first major lawsuit Tuesday to block the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules,” The Washington Post reports. “Those rules had prohibited Internet providers from slowing down or blocking websites.”
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the suit. The report notes that Schneiderman called the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality “arbitrary” and “capricious,” and said it violates federal law.
“The multi-state lawsuit comes just a day after Democrats in the Senate said they were inching closer to the votes needed for a legislative measure to help overturn the FCC’s rules,” The Post adds. “The resolution aims to reverse the FCC’s decision and block the agency from passing similar measures in the future.”
The resolution reportedly has the support of all 49 Democratic senators along with one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
“Tuesday’s lawsuit, which includes California, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Illinois, seized on that momentum and represents another avenue for supporters of the net neutrality rules to undo the repeal,” The Post reports. “The net neutrality rules were dismantled in a December vote led by Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Republicans had argued that the existing rules stymied industry investment, while Democrats maintained that they served as a vital consumer protection.”