New Jersey Joins Multi-State Suit Over Net Neutrality Repeal

by Abel Hampton February 7, 2018, 0:49
New Jersey Joins Multi-State Suit Over Net Neutrality Repeal

"It prohibits internet service providers from discriminating between content or users".

In December 2017, the United States Federal Communications Commission dismantled the previously existing net neutrality rules governing broadband internet service providers such as Spectrum and Hawaiian Telcom.

In a prepared statement, the New Jersey governor said that while not everything is agreed with that is seen online, that does not mean it is justifiable to block free, uninterrupted, as well as indiscriminate flow of information.

Like Montana and NY, whose governors also adopted net neutrality-related contracting orders, New Jersey is one of the now-22 states joining in a suit against the politically divided FCC's November rollback of net neutrality rules-New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Monday (Feb. 5) that the state was joining the suit.

Gov. David Ige signed an executive order Monday that requires all state agencies to obtain their internet-related services from providers who agree to abide by net neutrality principles.

The lawsuit was filed in January by the attorneys general of New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. "And, it certainly doesn't give certain companies or individuals a right to pay their way to the front of the line".

Gurbir Grewal the Attorney General of New Jersey said the state was committed to taking the necessary legal action it can to maintain the internet rights of consumers in New Jersey, and challenge the misguided attack of the federal government on an open and free internet. "The Federal Communications Commission acted arbitrarily and against the evidence before it when doing its about-face on net neutrality".

The end of net neutrality gives rise to legitimate concerns. It can, however, "exercise [its] power as a consumer to make [its] preferences known". But it's not yet clear whether any part of the FCC's recent decision - including the prohibition on state rules - will hold up in court.


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