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.