22 states ask the court to restore net neutrality rules

FILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 file photo, Demonstrators rally in support of net neutrality outside a Verizon store in New York.

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Net neutrality legislation officially died on 11 June, but the battle to revive them rages.

A group of state attorneys general of 22 states have filed a short night of Monday in urging a u.s. appeals court to restore of the 2015 Open Internet Order, which prohibited internet service providers (Isps) the exercise of practices, such as blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization. The letter is part of an ongoing lawsuit initially filed in January following the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality.

Led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, the group includes AGs represent California, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, and a host of other densely populated states with more than 165 million Americans. The brief argues that the FCC is to reverse net neutrality rules is “arbitrary and capricious”, because it puts the consumer at risk of abuse, and that it is unlawful preempts state and local regulations.

“A free and open internet is critical to New York and to our democracy. By repealing net neutrality, the FCC is allowing internet service providers to make their profit for the consumer, while control of what we see, do and say online,” said Attorney General Underwood.

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Earlier this year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that requires governments of the member states to secure a net neutrality pledge for ink deals with all the internet service providers. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock did the same.

This lawsuit is one of many efforts to fight the FCC ruling. In May, the U.S. Senate narrowly voted to reverse the rollback, but the measure has not voted on in the House. If it ever made it to President Trump’s office, meanwhile, he would probably not approve. Trump appointed current FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who has been vocal in his support for the net neutrality reversal.

Tech companies have also gone to bat for net neutrality. Companies, including Mozilla, Vimeo and Etsy have filed their own legal challenge to overturn the FCC decision. Sites such as Reddit and Tumblr also participated in the #OneMoreVote campaign back in February.

The fight to bring back net neutrality is far from over, but in the meantime, you might want to invest in a VPN.

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