Tech startups are suing the FCC to save Net Neutrality

Federal Communications Commission hearing room is seen in Washington

The repeal of net neutrality is considered a major win for Republicans, who led the vote back in December to overturn the Obama-era internet protections. That the lawsuits are firing up now, rather than when the FCC's controversial decision last November, is mostly due to a formality. The agency took the requisite formal step of publishing the rules on Thursday, opening the door for lawsuits from a number of state attorneys general and advocacy groups. "We agree with NCTA that this 'requirement wastes resources and is unjustified today given that the materials are readily available for free to anyone with access to the internet, '" the order said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said after the FCC's December vote that the Trump administration "supports the FCC's effort to roll back burdensome regulations".

The commission ended a ban on broadband providers like Comcast Corp. or AT&T Inc. from blocking or slowing internet traffic. Without these rules, Internet service providers may force websites to pay fees for faster Internet speeds, while limiting consumers' ability to access the Internet content of their choice. This agency failed the American public. If that principle is removed - with only some content and services available or with roadblocks inserted by ISPs to throttle or control certain services - the value and impact of that resource can be impaired or destroyed. "This is not right", Rosenworcel said. In the unlikely event Democrats gain enough support in the House of Representatives within the 60-day deadline to overturn the decision, the president has already expressed support for the repeal and is unlikely to sign any opposing legislation.

Markey's proposed block to the bill falls under authority granted to lawmakers under the Congressional Review Act. There has also been talk about OR creating laws to protect net neutrality within the state. In January, according to a Reuters report, US Senate Democrats said they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber for repeal - one vote short of a majority.

In addition to NY, attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington joined Thursday's petition.

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