“CNBC: New York Attorney General Will Sue to Stop the FCC’s ‘Illegal Rollback of net neutrality'”
December 15, 2017
As published by CNBC, on December 14, 2017.
Minutes after the FCC voted in favor of rolling back net neutrality rules, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he will lead a multistate lawsuit against the “illegal rollback.”
“The FCC’s vote to rip apart net neutrality is a blow to New York consumers, and to everyone who cares about a free and open internet,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
“The FCC just gave Big Telecom an early Christmas present, by giving internet service providers yet another way to put corporate profits over consumers. Today’s rollback will give ISPs new ways to control what we see, what we do, and what we say online. That’s a threat to the free exchange of ideas that’s made the Internet a valuable asset in our democratic process.”
Opponents, including two FCC commissioners, have suggested this will drastically change the way consumers use and pay for the internet.
“Today’s new rule would enable ISPs to charge consumers more to access sites like Facebook and Twitter and give them the leverage to degrade high quality of video streaming until and unless somebody pays them more money. Even worse, today’s vote would enable ISPs to favor certain viewpoints over others,” Schneiderman said.
Schneiderman also said the FCC’s “public comment process was deeply corrupted.” Instead of holding public hearings, the FCC allowed people to submit millions of comments, some of which were fake.
“The FCC’s decision to go ahead with the vote makes a mockery of government integrity and rewards the very perpetrators who scammed the system to advance their own agenda,” Schneiderman said.