January 16, 2018

CT joins multi-state, 'net-neutrality' appeal

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
State Attorney General George Jepsen.

Connecticut and 20 other states and the District of Columbia have teamed up to ask a federal appeals court to restore rules permitting the internet to operate openly and fairly.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said Tuesday his office had joined New York's attorney general and 19 others in petitioning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for a hearing on the Federal Communications Commission's December ruling that repealed its 2015 order on so-called "net neutrality" rules.

In Jepsen's petition, Connecticut argues that the FCC's action was "arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion" and that it violated federal laws and regulations.

As previously reported, net neutrality would prevent internet providers from blocking a rival's content or creating "fast lanes" for companies willing to pay extra to deliver their content more quickly.

"The Internet should always remain open and free," Jepsen wrote. "In the face of the FCC's action, and the inaction of Congressional leadership to right this obvious wrong, state attorneys general are today taking this first step in asking the court to overturn the FCC's order. I'm proud to stand with my colleagues in strong support of net neutrality and opposed to the FCC's illegal action."

Along with Connecticut, New York and D.C., other petitioners include: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state.

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