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State attorneys general sue to block net-neutrality repeal

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 16, 2018 4:50 PM
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(New York) -- A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia has sued to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules.

These rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's push to undo them inspired both street and online protests in defense of the Obama-era rules.

New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the suit, said Tuesday that the end of the net neutrality rules would hurt consumers and businesses.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has signed on to the lawsuit. 

"The vote by the Federal Communications Commission last month to gut Net Neutrality threatens to end the Internet as we know it," Shapiro said. "The FCC's action undermines free speech and is bad for consumers and business--especially startups and small businesses. I filed this lawsuit today with my colleagues to stop this rollback from being implemented."

Tech companies and public-interest groups are also expected to file suit or help with litigation against the repeal.

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