Madigan Joins 22 Attorneys General to Fight to Protect Rule Set to End April 23
Chicago —(ENEWSPF)—February 23, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser
Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that she has joined 22 other Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) illegal rollback of net neutrality rules. The FCC officially published its so-called Restoring Internet Freedom Order, effectively killing net neutrality on April 23.
The Attorneys General re-filed their petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against the FCC and the federal government after the FCC moved to dismiss a protective petition previously filed by the states on January 16.
Attorney General Madigan said, “I will continue to fight to protect net neutrality from the FCC’s ill-advised attempt to put corporations ahead of the American public’s right to access free information. We won’t allow this administration to control what Americans view and access online.”
It is anticipated that the repeal of net neutrality would have dire consequences for consumers and businesses across the country that rely on a free and open internet. Internet service providers would be allowed to block and slow the quality of certain content and charge consumers to access certain sites.
Joining Madigan in filing the lawsuit are the Attorneys General of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
A copy of the filing can be found here.