Washington state appeals FCC decision on Net Neutrality

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a petition to appeal the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to rescind net neutrality rules.

The FCC’s decision repealed Obama-era rules that prohibited internet service providers from treating websites differently based on their content. The FCC order also prevents states from being able to protect their consumers from illegal actions taken by internet service providers.

Along with a coalition of 21 other states and the District of Columbia, the Attorney General’s Office filed the petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The petition is the first step by states to attempt to block the FCC’s decision, and it will allow the attorneys general to move forward with the appeal in the future.

“Allowing powerful special interest to act as the internet’s gatekeepers harms consumers, innovation and small businesses,” said Ferguson. “We believe the FCC acted unlawfully when it gutted net neutrality, and I look forward to holding the FCC accountable to the rule of law.”

On December 14, the FCC voted to rescind rules that prevented internet service providers, such as Comcast and Century Link, from discriminating based on content. That same day, Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee announced their intent to appeal the decision.

“Protecting net neutrality is as critical as protecting free speech. The FCC’s attack on the open internet is bad for Washingtonians, bad for business and a major step backward. I’m glad that Washington is leading the fight against the FCC’s kowtow to corporate lobbyists and continuing the fight for net neutrality,” said Gov. Jay Inslee.

The attorneys general allege that the FCC decision violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs the process for federal agency rulemaking. The states also challenge the decision, stating that it violates the Constitution and the Communications Act of 1934.

Assistant Attorney General Tiffany Lee of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is lead attorney in the case for Washington.


Anonymous,  January 17, 2018 at 3:40 PM  

Thank you Bob! Fight the good fight for us little people!

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