New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed a petition Feb. 22
starting a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of net neutrality. Schneiderman is leading a coalition of 23 Attorneys General in after the FCC voted in December to remove the rules that ensure the internet is an even playing field for all. The lawsuit is in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, after the FCC published the final rule rolling back net neutrality Feb. 22. “Today, the FCC made official its illegal rollback of net neutrality – and, as promised, our coalition of Attorneys General is filing suit,” said Schneiderman in a press release. “An open internet, and the free exchange of ideas it allows, is critical to our democratic process. Repealing net neutrality will allow internet service providers to put corporate profits over consumers by controlling what we see, do, and say online. Consumers and businesses in New York and across the country have the right to a free and open internet, and our coalition of Attorneys General won’t stop fighting to protect that right.” California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia are the other states involved in the lawsuit against the FCC.