Legal action taken to stop rollback of net neutrality

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined a coalition of state attorneys general taking legal action against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its rollback of net neutrality regulations.

“I’m opposing the repeal of net neutrality because of the destructive nature it will have on every Kentuckian from farmers to college students who use free and open internet to thrive and prosper,” Beshear said. “As a state and as a nation, we cannot turn our backs on the hard working people of this country by letting the federal government walk all over them and take away their level playing field.”

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Beshear and the coalition Tuesday filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government. The group maintains the FCC’s recent action violates the federal Administrative Procedure Act and numerous state and local laws.

The FCC voted to rollback net neutrality regulations Dec. 14, and made its final rule public Jan. 4. The rule would take effect upon approval by the federal Office of Management and Budget and 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Beshear and the group of attorneys general are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals to not let this happen and return to previous established net neutrality protections.

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