D.C. Joins States in Net Neutrality Lawsuit

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.

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Tatyana Hopkins has always wanted to make the world a better place. Growing up she knew she wanted to be a journalist. To her there were too many issues in the world to pick a career that would force her to just tackle one. The recent Howard University graduate is thankful to have a job and enjoys the thrill she gets from chasing the story, meeting new people and adding new bits of obscure information to her knowledge base. Dubbed with the nickname “Fun Fact” by her friends, Tatyana seems to be full of seemingly “random and useless” facts. Meanwhile, the rising rents in D.C. have driven her to wonder about the length of the adverse possession statute of limitations (15 years?). Despite disliking public speaking, she remembers being scolded for talking in class or for holding up strangers in drawn-out conversations. Her need to understand the world and its various inhabitants frequently lands her in conversations on topics often deemed taboo: politics, religion and money. Tatyana avoided sports in high school she because the thought of a crowd watching her play freaked her out, but found herself studying Arabic, traveling to Egypt and eating a pigeon. She uses social media to scope out meaningful and interesting stories and has been calling attention to fake news on the Internet for years.

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