MN attorney general to sue over net neutrality

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune

In a message to political supporters, Attorney General Lori Swanson said Tuesday that she would file a lawsuit with other state attorneys general asking the court to overturn a federal decision that repeals a rule designed to keep access to the internet free and open.

The move would challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s recent overturning of “net neutrality,” a 2015 regulation mandating that internet companies treat all traffic equally and not create slow or fast lanes for companies based on extra fees.

“Without net neutrality, broadband companies are free to block content they don’t want you to see, to slow it down and make it harder to access, or to prioritize content based on who pays them money,” Swanson wrote to supporters in an e-mail. “Mega corporations can dominate the content people see online by paying money to obtain faster speeds. This will make it more difficult and more expensive for consumers to access the content they want.”

 

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

2 thoughts on “MN attorney general to sue over net neutrality

  1. I’m just wondering if this lawsuit will also require edge providers like Facebook, Google and Netflix to play by the same rules if Title II regulation is reinstated? Because under the recently reversed Net Neutrality rules, they weren’t. And former FCC Chair Thomas Wheeler now says they should. Too bad he didn’t think of this in 2015.

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