The US government's net neutrality policy was first enacted by former US President Barack Obama's administration in order to prevent internet service providers (ISP) from applying different rules depending on the data they were transferring.
Hawaii State Representative Matt LoPresti today called on Hawaii Attorney General Chin to explore pursuing legal action that would bar the effects of the FCC vote in Hawaii.
The announcement of the proposal came shortly after the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality in an expected 3-2 party-line vote, with Republicans calling for an end to the utility-like oversight of internet service providers.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said that she was partnering with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a multistate lawsuit against the FCC and Sen.
Netflix, Microsoft and Reddit are just a few companies that have criticized the FCC's net neutrality repeal.
The lawsuit approach from Healey and Schneiderman follows a letter sent Wednesday in which 18 attorneys general questioned the validity of almost 2 million comments submitted in support of the FCC's position. "And what the FCC did today is kind of the nail in the coffin".
Pai said removing neutrality rules is key to investment to develop newer "next generation" services such as telemedicine or autonomous driving. "Consumers don't have a great level of trust in the ISPs".
"This is a fascinating moment because you have 80 percent-plus of the public in opposition" to repealing the rules, said Ernesto Falcon, legislative counsel for the EFF.
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Fellow Commissioner Michael O'Rielly said he did not believe that Comcast or others would risk the "PR nightmare" of blocking websites or otherwise interfering with internet traffic.
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, another Democratic supporter of net neutrality, also released a statement.
Falcon said, "Senator Flake and, I think, every Republican senator really has a political challenge in front of them".
But without rules in place, broadband providers could raise costs for small businesses and consumers, net neutrality advocates say. "Despite repeated distortions and biased information, as well as misguided, inaccurate attacks from detractors, our internet service is not going to change".
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the Obama-era rules threatened "the free and open internet that has done so much to advance modern society".
Opponents say that's not true, and they are anxious that broadband providers will be able to lawfully block, slow or censor online content.
The major ISPs have already vowed not to block or throttle content for users. He said Congress created the FCC as an expert agency to uphold regulations it has now thrown out. A Comcast spokesperson told CNET in November it has "no plans" to enter paid prioritization agreements.
Citing his investigation into the FCC's public comments process preceding the vote, Schneiderman declared his office's intention to sue to "stop the FCC's illegal rollback of net neutrality" - a forthcoming legal challenge that's sure to be in good company. "As I have stated repeatedly, and I will say again today, congressional action is the only way to solve the endless back-and-forth on net neutrality rules that we've seen over the past several years".