Illinois among states to appeal net neutrality repeal

CHICAGO — State attorneys general, including in Illinois, are threatening lawsuits against the federal government’s repeal of “net neutrality” rules.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, says he’ll lead a multistate lawsuit to stop the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, says the state will join the appeal effort. She’d urged a vote delay and says in a Thursday statement that the commission’s vote “undermines the public interest” and puts the “free and open” internet at risk.

Schneiderman has been investigating more than 2 million fake public comments submitted to the FCC during the net neutrality comment process.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said in July that the raw number of comments wasn’t as important as the substance of issues raised.

–Associated Press

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