Lawsuit filed by 21 state attorneys general says FCC's repeal of #NetNeutrality broke U.S. law


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/16/net-neutrality-legal-fight.html


#2

They argue the FCC’s attack on Net Neutrality broke federal law.

Which law in particular?


#3

I certainly don’t know the name of the law, but Federal agencies can only alter regulations after they have demonstrated - with data - they’re fixing a problem or creating a good. They can’t just do it because K street says so.


#4

“Under the Administrative Procedure Act, the FCC cannot make “arbitrary and capricious” changes to existing policies, such as net neutrality. The FCC’s new rule fails to justify the Commission’s departure from its long-standing policy and practice of defending net neutrality, while misinterpreting and disregarding critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses.”


#5

Not to mention “the Constitution, the Communications Act of 1934,as amended, and FCC Regulations promulgated thereunder…”.


#6

They don’t have a leg to stand on. I mean, have you seen the size of my mug?


#7

I think we need to point out to the NRA that if a supporter of gun control gains control of a major ISP, or if/when there’s another mass shooting, the ISP could (with net neutrality repealed) “prioritize” traffic to websites for organizations that support gun control over the NRA’s site. They’ll get their minions in Congress to jump on the bandwagon to undo Pai’s change.


#8

The Rebel States are uniting, yummy.


#9

I look forward to the smug shit getting that idiotic smirk wiped off his face. He’s quickly gonna run out of time before the 2018 “Blue Wave” gives Dems enough control over Congress to block any further NN attacks, and possibly even enough authority to start pushing some stricter legislation that makes it much, much harder to attack it in the future.

I genuinely hope that the backlash over his hamfisted, arrogant attempts to repeal a core part of the technology that currently is driving so much of our economy makes him persona non grata in the ISP industry after this, because he deserves it. And also a prison sentence, TBH.


#10

I have the knee-jerk reaction of wanting to… do something… to get that look off his face as well. Unfortunately I’m guessing his willingness to take the post he has, stand up in the face of everybody and say “Fuck all of y’all! I’m selling the internet to the ISPs.” has probably endeared him to telecom CEOs everywhere. I think he’s set for life.


#11

So it begins…


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