Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have joined the legal battle started by Mozilla and Vimeo to reverse the Federal Communications Commission repeal of net neutrality. And Mozilla, video-sharing site Vimeo, and a coalition of 23 attorney generals led by ny attorney general Eric Schneiderman did just that on Thursday.
The pushback follows the December vote by the Republican-led FCC to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, which limit the power of Internet service providers to influence loading speeds for specific websites or apps.
Schneiderman's office conducted a six-month investigation into the millions of comments the FCC received during its public comment period, and concluded at least 2 million of them were fraudulent - many sent by individuals posing as someone else - either living or dead.
While the filing may feel like the final nail in the coffin, so to speak, the fight for a free and open internet is far from over. Nevertheless, net neutrality supporters say the repeal will allow broadband companies to act as gatekeepers of how people use the Internet, for example empowering Internet providers to prioritize their own video-streaming services over competitors'.
The rule was also unlawful because it includes "sweeping preemption of state and local laws", he said. It also began allowing broadband providers to charge content companies more money to move data faster, which the Democratic-controlled FCC had banned.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who voted against the repeal, said in a statement released Thursday that the FCC has "failed the American public".
At that point, the only thing standing between your internet service provider and a throttled internet dystopia is a pinky-swear promise from the ISPs not to do anything nasty, and that's not even worth the web page it's written on.
With the repeal published in the Register, Senate Democrats have only 59 days to block the legislation. He also eked out support from one Republican, Sen. However, the chances of preserving net neutrality via the Congressional Review Act seem slim.
Democrats have enough votes to force an up-or-down vote on the bill through the Senate, and if they can get just one more Republican senator to flip, it'll pass.