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Connecticut joins effort to overturn FCC

January 16, 2018 GMT

Connecticut on Tuesday joined a multi-state effort to appeal the Federal Communications Commission’s recent rejection of so-called net-neutrality rules.

Attorney General George Jepsen said that the failure of Congress to assure consumer access to the Internet exacerbates the need for he and other attorneys general to act. Twenty states and the District of Columbia filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Districts of Columbia Circuit, calling the FCC’s recent action “arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion” in violation of federal laws and regulations.

“The Internet should always remain open and free,” Jepsen said in a statement. “In the face of the FCC’s action, and the inaction of Congressional leadership to right this obvious wrong, state attorneys general are today taking this first step in asking the court to overturn the FCC’s order.”

Last month, the five-member FCC board repealed its 2015 Open Internet Order, which had prohibited the blocking of content, as well as so-called throttling practices of internet service providers, to retain open access for consumers. Jepsen said the FCC’s new regulation would let providers discriminate against content, or charge higher rates to content providers and consumers.

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