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NY attorney general will sue to stop net rules rollback

Dec 15, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general says he'll lead a multi-state 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.