NY attorney general will sue to stop net rules rollback
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's attorney general says he'll lead a multistate lawsuit to stop the rollback of "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet.
Democrat Eric Schneiderman released a statement announcing the lawsuit after the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to scrap the Obama-era regulations. He said the rollback will give internet service providers new ways to control what consumers can see, do and say online.
Schneiderman has been investigating fake public comments submitted to the FCC during the net neutrality comment process. He says his analysis shows 2 million comments stole the identities of real Americans, including dead people and children.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said at a July FCC meeting that the raw number of comments wasn't as important as the substance of issues raised.
The FCC's Democratic Commissioners voted against the repeal arguing it will hurt consumers, but Republican consumers said it would benefit Americans.
"That is really the million-dollar question,” said Minseok Kwon, RIT Professor in the Department of Computer Science.
Kwon says this boils down to who controls the network, internet providers or content providers. Repealing the rules gives the upper hand to internet providers.
"They can charge more for certain traffic. They can also ask some for fees from content providers and they can bundle this thing and sell it to consumers,” said Kwon.
It's not clear if lawsuits will delay the repeal of the rules.