NY's AG One Of Many Nationwide Suing FCC Over Net Neutrality


Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing the FCC following the repeal of net neutrality rules. 

Schneiderman says Internet service providers will be able to change the way people use the web.

“This new rule would enable ISPs to charge consumers more to get access to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.”

Schneiderman says New Yorkers deserve a free an open Internet.

“The vote would enable ISPs to favor certain viewpoints over others, even if they promise not to do any of these things today there will be no rule against their changing those promises down the road.”

In addition, Schneiderman says the public comment process was corrupted.

“We’ve now found at least two million fake comments that use the stolen identities of people acrodd the country, including one hundred thousand new Yorkers.

Supporters of net neutrality are afraid that companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast will have too much control over web traffic. 

Don Reisinger, president of D-2 Media Consultants, says he's worried about the potential implications for everyone who uses the internet.

“There are very real implications, and I think that when they start to fool with and democratic and open aspect of the internet, and insure that it’s probably going and flowing freely, and without any preferential treatment, I think that could be trouble.”

Reisinger says the loss of net neutrality could really hurt small businesses.

“If I’m a start-up, I’m a small company, I’m looking to grow on the internet, I think there are real concerns there, because of it’s a pay to play kind of mentality, it can be very difficult for small sites to compete with the big guys that have billions and billions of dollars.”

Reisinger says he's a firm believer that all sites, all content, all traffic, and all users should be treated equally. 

He says the consequences of the decision are unknown.

“We don’t know a lot about it and that’s the other side of the coin, this just paves the way for this to potentially happen, nothing could change or something could change.”

The FCC chairman says the repeal is meant to get the government to "stop micromanaging the Internet."

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