New York attorney general to sue following net neutrality repeal

By William Gayde ยท 13 replies
Dec 14, 2017
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  1. New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has announced that he will be suing to stop the FCC's "illegal" repeal of net neutrality legislation. The announcement comes just hours after Ajit Pai's FCC voted along party lines to strike down regulations that protected consumers. Schneiderman also has the support of many other states and is working to protect all Americans, not just New Yorkers. His statement reads:

    “We will be filing a claim to preserve protections for New Yorkers and all Americans. And we’ll be working aggressively to stop the FCC’s leadership from doing any further damage to the internet and to our economy."

    "Today’s new rule would enable ISPs to charge consumers more to access sites like Facebook and Twitter and give them the leverage to degrade high quality of video streaming until and unless somebody pays them more money. Even worse, today’s vote would enable ISPs to favor certain viewpoints over others.”

    It's not clear which other states will join him as the lawsuits are filed in the coming days, but we can expect most if not all of the 18 attorneys general that have previously voiced their criticism of Pai to also file suit. Schneiderman and attorneys general from Virginia, Delaware, Hawaii, California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, Oregon, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Washington, Vermont, and the District of Columbia had also sent a letter to the FCC calling on them to suspend the vote until the rampant fraud and abuse of the comment system could be investigated.

    At least two million fake comments were posted using stolen identities. After clearing out all of the form-generated and bot-generated comments, 98.5 percent of those people who took the time to write real comments oppose Ajit Pai's plan.

    Other states will likely be releasing similar statements soon. Schneiderman called this repeal a "travesty for anyone who cares about the integrity of their voice in government." Many view the FCC and the politicians in favor of the repeal as having sold their vote to the telecom industry rather than listening to their constituents who overwhelmingly support net neutrality.

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  2. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,348   +1,446

    Well they are already suing Verizon for failing to expand their infrastructure to the level they promised. I also wonder what is happening with the tax money the ISPs are collecting to expand their networks. To date, the ISPs have collected about 3.4 billion dollars in taxes that they were supposed to put in a fund as part of the 1998 telecommunications act for expanding broadband access. The fund has still not been created and the ISPs have given the public zero hints about what they are doing with that money.

    Thank you New York. Even if you are one of the few who didn't support NN, we should all be keen to the fact that the comment collection was significantly compromised ignored, showing the proper process was completely broken.
  3. Kashim

    Kashim TS Booster Posts: 48   +32

    What's the point of all this suing? Didn't they try to sue when the USA left the Paris agreement? And when they cut off ACA payments? And when the national monuments were shrunk? Etc, etc. It seems to accomplish nothing. When the Orange Pu$$y Grabber in the White House wants something it will be done, or he'll throw a Twitter tantrum and take it all the way to the Supreme Court to get his way.
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,348   +1,446

    In a democracy, the courtroom is the place for formal disagreements.
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  5. turismozilla

    turismozilla TS Addict Posts: 174   +55

    I am progressive, and live in a progressive state, why the bleep do I have to take this bleep?
  6. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,228   +997

    National monuments were shrunk only within the past two or so weeks. Suits were filed shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, it will take time for those suits to move through the court system.

    As for the ACA payments, they also have to work their way through the courts.

    All suits have to work their way through the courts just like this will.

    If there were no suits filed, Humpty Trumpty would get his way. Now, he faces a big fight, and almost certainly, Pai and the FCC will have an extremely difficult time defending their actions since they essentially ignored the overwhelming comments favoring NN.

    The point is to put up a fight when injustices are done rather than let Humpty Trumpty and his administration rule as if we live in a patriarchal monarchy.
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  7. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,381   +459

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  8. ErikNZ

    ErikNZ TS Member Posts: 46   +10

    Go Mr. Schneiderman, Go!

    I'm still amazed that this can happen in the "land of the free". This is a total North Korean d*ck move.
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  9. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,760   +1,160

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  10. Impudicus

    Impudicus TS Booster Posts: 52   +26

    "At least two million fake comments were posted using stolen identities." Just curious how this is determined? And who determined what is real, what is fake?
  11. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    They were all signed " Donald krump" in a pink crayola.
  12. sevenday4

    sevenday4 TS Rookie

    Apparently, this lawyer doesn't believe in free speach. Politicians are lawyers! I wonder what his agenda is? I wonder if he is trying to get points so that he can run for some political office? Read this document for yourselves:
    This lawyer and many others like him don't care about Net neutrality or he would have spoken up sooner. I am not a lemming! So, are you a lemming, or are you going to stop being lazy and read the document and see what is really going on? The repeal of Obama's so called Net neutrality is Net neutrality! Unless of course you want your Internet throttled, this lawyer probably has four times the bandwidth then us common people. In fact, all the governments and so called elites can have speeds up to four times and can say what ever they want. In the mean time the rest of us gets censored unless you follow their believe system. Speek not according to their agenda or political believes, and you get censored. If you like Trump or not, or some other political aspirations or political believes is up to you. That's what makes America great, you can voice your opinion. But if you censore someone just because that person has a different opinion is plain wrong and we might as well move to have our country to be like North Korea. These political hacks are the real problem and those who are too lazy to think for themselves and research the documents before speaking will make us some day soon become another North Korea. Read this document for yourselves and stop listening to those who think you're too stupid to think for yourselves!
  13. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,719   +1,158

    Everything you said there is a loads of bollocks (even that document you linked made specifically to avoid the real issues and has a lot of intentional misinformation).

    Just in page 3: "Individual consumers, not the government, decide what Internet access service best meets their individualized needs."
    - I don't remember individuals even having a choice when it comes to broadband internet especially above 25Mbps. this has been shown time and time again with multiple studies.
    "we have not identified any sources of legal authority that could justify the comprehensive conduct rules governing ISPs adopted in the Title II Order"
    - what about the many many lawsuits against ISPs and customer complaints? those don't count at all?
    "Through these actions, we advance our critical work to promote broadband deployment in rural America and infrastructure investment throughout the nation"
    - there was absolutely nothing stopping this even with Title 2 and it actually helped speed up investments (which were still done with taxpayer money BTW).

    There are so many wrong things said in that link that it's just comes out as being a parody of itself. Especially that whole "broadband" classification part.

    here's a nice quote which puts into perspective just how wrong the entire document document: "95.7 percent of Americans live in a census block that at least one ISP reports supplying Internet access at speeds of at least 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up"

    Then there is the talks about the small ISPs and how it's too much for the little guys and they can't invest in expanding anymore but does not provide any evidence and instead others have discovered that the same ISPs had huge expansions.

    And here's another masterfully written BS in that document. It's the whole "FCC imposed prices" which Ajit was talking about a while ago... but this is what it really is about:
    "Title II Order itself announced forbearance from ex ante price regulation, at the same time it imposed price regulation with its ban on paid prioritization arrangements, which mandated that ISPs charge edge providers a zero price. These threats to the ISP business model have been felt throughout financial markets."

    Free speech has nothing to do with this and it's actually the exact opposite, Ajit Pai took free speech and shoved up his just to get the agenda of major ISPs pushed forward with lies and deceit. (kinda like what you are doing now)
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2017
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  14. Khanonate

    Khanonate TS Booster Posts: 134   +21

    You are here to change our opinion with your misinformation and deceit! Oh by the way, "Welcome to TechSpot!"

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