To ensure equal treatment of data flows by web operators, the Obama administration enacted in 2015 the principle of neutrality. But this decision has been challenged since it came into force.
Monday night, a coalition of Twenty-two US states and the District of Columbia have asked a court of appeal to restore the principle of net neutrality.
The group of 22 states and Washington DC argues that the repeal of net neutrality will penalize consumers, notes Reuters before reporting that the state group, “led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, has filed a lawsuit in January after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in December in favor of the proposal to repeal the neutrality of the internet presented by its president, Ajit Pai, appointed to this post by Donald Trump ” .
According to the same source, with the repeal of the principle of net neutrality, operators can since early June block or reduce the traffic according to each content, causing their customers to pay for access priority. For the moment, few Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have changed their practice.
Internet-related companies like Mozilla, Vimeo, Etsy and media and technology advocacy groups have, in a separate proceeding, also challenged the FCC’s decision.
The US Senate voted in May to maintain the principle of Internet neutrality, but it is unlikely that the text will be approved by the House of Representatives or the White House.
Protestant states, including California, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, host 165 million people, more than half of the United States population.
They claim that the FCC initiative could be detrimental to public safety, for example, by referring to power grids.
According to these states, “the lack of open internet rules compromises the ability to reduce the load during periods of extreme voltage in the power grid. As a result, the text threatens the reliability of the power grid.