Welch unveils legislation to restore net neutrality

Net neutrality: a primer

Net neutrality: a primer

First approved by the FCC in 2015, the net neutrality rules require internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to treat all online content the same.

Apart from NY, the other attorneys general participating in the lawsuit are from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia. The Federal Communications Commission - led by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai who was chosen by President Donald Trump - voted in December to eliminate those protections.

"An open internet-and the free exchange of ideas it allows-is critical to our democratic process", New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

The FCC voted 3 to 2 to repeal net neutrality rules, which ensured that all internet traffic be treated equally by internet service providers.

Tina Pelkey, an FCC spokeswoman, declined to comment on the filing.

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Schneiderman and 21 other attorneys general blasted the FCC for making "arbitrary and capricious" changes to existing policy, and claimed internet service should be classified as a "Title II telecommunications service", which would allow it to be more heavily regulated, like telephone or electricity service. The rule is not expected to take effect for several months, but soon after that vote, state attorneys general pledged to sue the commission. Maine's Republican Sen. Susan Collins has already said she'll support it.

The decision was announced Tuesday shortly after Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) said 82 fellow representatives have signed onto a Congressional Review Act bill that mirrors a similar bill in the Senate to try and overturn the FCC's decision.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, backs the FCC repeal. The White House has said it supports the FCC's efforts to roll back regulations.

A reversal of the FCC decision faces a hard road and needs the approval of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House and President Donald Trump.

In New York, a bill would bar the state from contracting with broadband companies that don't follow net-neutrality principles.

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