The Attorneys General of New York, 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 have all asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality rules prevented internet service providers from establishing paid “fast lanes” for some internet traffic while effectively throttling everyone else. Those rules were repealed by the FCC in a December 2017 vote.

From CBS News:

“The brief argues that the “FCC’s order is arbitrary and capricious because it puts consumers at risk of abusive practices by broadband providers, jeopardizes public safety” and that it “unlawfully purports to preempt state and local regulation of broadband service.”

“For more than fifteen years, the Federal Communications Commission has agreed that an open Internet free from blocking, throttling, or other interference by service providers is critical to ensure that all Americans have access to the advanced telecommunications services that have become essential for daily life. The recent Order represents a dramatic and unjustified departure from this long-standing commitment,” the brief states.”

The full brief can be read HERE.

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