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23 Attorneys General Refile Challenge To FCC Net Neutrality Repeal ( 41

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark rules designed to ensure a free and open internet from taking effect. The Federal Communications Commission officially published its order overturning the net neutrality rules in the Federal Register on Thursday, a procedural step that allows for the filing of legal challenges. The states, along with web browser developer Mozilla and video-sharing website Vimeo, had filed petitions preserving their right to sue in January, but agreed to withdraw them last Friday and wait for the FCC's publication. The attorneys general argue that the FCC cannot make "arbitrary and capricious" changes to existing policies and that it misinterpreted and disregarded "critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses." The White House Office of Management and Budget still must sign off on some aspects of the FCC reversal before it takes legal effect. That could take months.
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23 Attorneys General Refile Challenge To FCC Net Neutrality Repeal

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  • I guess I'm putting more of a question out to readers who understand this. So 22 state AGs are going to sue the FCC because they can't 'arbitrary and capricious changes to existing policies and misinterpreted and disregarded "critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses'.

    Ok, so what will this do? Is there a way this will do anything beside a "dog and pony show"? Is this just political posturing or can the AGs tell the FCC what to do?

    Personally, in all of these discu

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and all the rest want to abandon the principles of net neutrality, they are free to do so... HOWEVER, it means they will give up any and all tax breaks and other incentives given to them by the state, and then any legalized monopoly agreements they may have within the state are immediately null and void, so communities can decide to create their own ISP and there won't be anything the established players can do about it.

    This is just another case of being careful what you wish

  • by Dan667 ( 564390 ) on Thursday February 22, 2018 @09:58PM (#56173397)
    All that effort to get Net Neutrality repealed and now they will have not not only fight every state, county, and city, but they will also likely have a complete patchwork of implementation they will have to implement or maintain or they will get sued out of their profit. I would not be surprised if they quietly give up.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Actually, they all love it. A patchwork of regulations is great to prevent unwanted competition by small ISPs. The cost of lawyers and/or politicians can then be passed to the consumer - with an extra surcharge.

  • That's surprisingly literate for a millennial.

  • It need to be stressed that the FCC is an independent commission of the United States and is therefore not part of the administration.

    It is not part of the executive branch, and so no president has authority over it. It's not in the executive branch chain of command.

    This may sound like a minor detail, but I think it's worthwhile for us to insist that the FCC remain independent of the president as it was designed. No matter who is in the White House, the FCC was set up to prevent any president from having au

    • by Rhipf ( 525263 )

      Except for the fact that the President appoints the members of the FCC and the chairman of the FCC (well and they have to be confirmed by the Senate).

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