Minutes after the FCC voted in favor of rolling back net neutrality rules, completely 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 actually a blow to completely new York consumers, as well as to everyone who cares about a free as well as 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 completely new ways to control what we see, what we do, as well as what we say online. that will’s a threat to the free exchange of ideas that will’s made the Internet a valuable asset in our democratic process.”
The FCC voted 3-2 on Thursday afternoon to roll back the 2015 Open Internet Order. The change classifies internet service as an information service, rather than a utility, as well as allows ISPs to treat internet traffic differently depending on its type, origin or destination. For instance, ISPs could create bundles of various internet services at different prices, or slow down video traffic through rival services.
Opponents, including two FCC commissioners, have suggested This specific will drastically change the way consumers use as well as pay for the internet.
“Today’s completely new rule would likely enable ISPs to charge consumers more to access sites like Facebook as well as Twitter as well as give them the leverage to degrade high quality of video streaming until as well as unless somebody pays them more money. Even worse, today’s vote would likely 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 as well as rewards the very perpetrators who scammed the system to advance their own agenda,” Schneiderman said.