Tuesday, June 18, 2019

States sue against net neutrality as Senate support of repeal grows to 50 votes

21 U.S. state attorney generals just filed suit against the FCC on Tuesday.

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As the number of senators who vow to back the reversal of the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to end net neutrality grows, 21 U.S. state attorney generals just filed suit against the FCC on Tuesday.

Those state attorneys who filed a petition with the federal appeals court in Washington include, California, New York, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Calling it “arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion,” according to RawStory, the petition claims the FCC violated federal laws and regulations.

On the heels of this suit, Democrats conclude they could win a majority in the Senate. Sen. Ed Markey, (D-Mass.), who led the opposition against the FCC’s decisions last month, recently confirmed that “all 49 Democrats in the upper chamber backed the repeal,” according to RawStory. And with Sen. Sue Collins’, (R-Maine), also vowing to back the repeal, they now have 50 senators in the 100-person chamber.

If a majority win comes through for Democrats in the Senate, the repeal would then go to the Republican-dominated House of Representatives, where it would also require a win before landing on the desk of Trump.

A few internet advocacy groups followed the 21 state attorney generals’ lead and also filed similar petitions against the FCC.

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