Ferguson to file legal challenge to Net Neutrality rollback

Friday, December 15, 2017

Photo by Janet Way in Aurora Village

Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement on Thursday's Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal net neutrality.

"Yesterday I sent a letter to the FCC asking them to delay their vote gutting net neutrality. Unfortunately, they did not. 
"Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC’s decision to roll back net neutrality, along with attorneys general across the country.
 "We are 5-0 against the Trump Administration because they often fail to follow the law when taking executive action. There is a strong legal argument that with this action, the federal government violated the Administrative Procedure Act — again.
"We will be filing a petition for review in the coming days. 
"Allowing internet service providers to discriminate based on content undermines a free and open internet. Today’s action will seriously harm consumers, innovation and small businesses. 
"I was proud to stand with Gov. Inslee yesterday when he announced that Washington state will step up to protect consumers in light of this disappointing federal action.  
"I commend him for his leadership and look forward to continuing to work with him to that end."

From The Seattle Times article by Brian Fung:
"Consumers might not feel the effects of the decision right away. But eventually they could begin to see packages and pricing schemes that would steer them toward some content over others, critics of the FCC’s vote argued.
"For example, under the Obama-era rules, Verizon was not allowed to favor Yahoo and AOL, which it owns, by blocking Google or charging the search giant extra fees to connect to customers. Under the new rules, that would be legal, as long as Verizon disclosed it."


Anonymous,  December 15, 2017 at 6:27 AM  

If you're a voter who is feeling regret for voting for the guy who allowed this to happen, remember to vote his cronies out of office in 2018.

Doug December 15, 2017 at 7:28 AM  

He is a poser. Anything to grow government’s control over people...and to get himself in the news. Net Neutrality had eliminated competition for the big ISP’s and prices had gone up.

Doug December 15, 2017 at 7:37 AM  


Joy December 15, 2017 at 10:32 AM  

As a newspaper I would love to see BOTH SIDES or PROS and CONS of any reporting. The good things for it and against. But why it seems we only hear one view?

Anonymous,  December 15, 2017 at 10:42 AM  

When was the last time a corporation didn't charge you more $ for something when they were allowed to do so? Comcast give you a discount lately? I wish Shoreline would think forward and provide high-speed internet within the city.

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