Last Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest net neutrality law.
2 Hours later the FCC Filed a lawsuit against the state of California .
In 2015, the FCC enacted the Open Internet Order, which mandated equal treatment of internet traffic and promoted competition and innovation online.
These rules prevented ISPs from forcing websites to pay fees for access to special internet “fast lanes” or relegate disfavored content to “slow lanes.” Such differential access speed frustrates consumers and can affect which online companies succeed and which fail.
The rule required ISPs to treat all content equally, meaning a startup angling to be the next Netflix or YouTube would have the same bandwidth as the huge companies they are challenging.
“Internet access is a utility – like water and electricity. And every consumer has a right to access online content without interference or manipulation by their internet service provider. Yet, in repealing the net neutrality rules, the FCC ignored consumers’ strong support for a free and open internet,” said Attorney General Becerra.
Joining Attorney General Becerra in filing a lawsuit were the Attorneys General of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai’i, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. You can read the petition here.
Reversing course, the FCC lead by Ajit Pai, decided to repeal these rules.
(Before his appointment to the FCC, Pai held positions with the Department of Justice, the United States Senate, the FCC’s Office of General Counsel, and lawyer for Verizon Communications.)
The FCC decision relies on comments submitted by ISPs and ignores the overwhelming majority of the more than 20 million public comments that opposed repeal of the rules.
A free and open internet drives innovation, economic growth, and consumer choice.
What’s at stake here is the Tenth_Amendment to the United States Constitution