December 15, 2017

AG sues over net-neutrality vote

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Attorney General Maura Healey said the FCC's decision will mean "Americans will pay more for the internet and will have fewer options."

Attorney General Maura Healey joined a cadre of other state attorneys general who plan to file suit against the Federal Communications Commission over its split decision to roll back Obama-era net neutrality protections.

The lawsuit, which Healey's office announced with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, is the 23rd she has joined against the Trump administration this year, and the second announced Thursday alone.

Healey also filed a lawsuit Thursday against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for allegedly failing to provide federal loan discharges for students victimized by Corinthian Colleges and subjecting them to wage garnishment and tax refund interception.

"With today's FCC vote, Americans will pay more for the internet and will have fewer options," Healey said in a statement. "The agency has completely failed to justify this decision and we will be suing to stand up for the free exchange of ideas and to keep the American people in control of internet access."

The FCC voted 3-2 on Thursday to end net neutrality, which required internet providers to treat all web traffic equally. Healey and 18 other attorneys general wrote to the FCC on Wednesday urging them to delay the vote after reports that nearly 2 million comments on the new rule submitted to the agency were fake.

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