The District of Columbia joined 21 states and several public interest groups in filing major lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block its decision to roll back net neutrality rules.
The FCC’s net neutrality rules set under the Obama administration outlawed internet providers from slowing down and blocking certain websites. But a December vote led by the Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai undid those rules, arguing that they thwarted industry investment.
The attorneys general of the 22 states, whom are all Democrats, requested that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit review the FCC’s decision to determine whether it is illegal and unconstitutional, as many of them maintain that net neutrality is a critical consumer protection.
The suits follow Democrats announcing they were closer to the number of votes needed for a measure that will help overturn the FCC vote and block them from making similar changes in the future.