This will be his, what, 19th lawsuit against the Trump administration?
AG Bob Ferguson just sent out a press release announcing his intention to sue the Federal Communications Commission over ending net neutrality:
Yesterday I sent a letter to the FCC asking them to delay their vote gutting net neutrality. Unfortunately, they did not.
Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC’s decision to roll back net neutrality, along with attorneys general across the country.
We are 5-0 against the Trump Administration because they often fail to follow the law when taking executive action. There is a strong legal argument that with this action, the federal government violated the Administrative Procedure Act — again.
We will be filing a petition for review in the coming days.
Allowing internet service providers to discriminate based on content undermines a free and open internet. Today’s action will seriously harm consumers, innovation and small businesses.
I was proud to stand with Gov. Inslee yesterday when he announced that Washington state will step up to protect consumers in light of this disappointing federal action. I commend him for his leadership and look forward to continuing to work with him to that end.
As Ferguson mentioned, Inslee and a bipartisan group of legislators announced yesterday that they would be taking steps to keep the internet neutral within Washington's borders. The state could refuse to do business with non-neutral service providers, or bring state consumer protection lawsuits against them.
But why was net neutrality so important again? According to Save the Internet, it means internet service providers like Comcast, AT&T, and more can now create "fast" and "slow" lanes for sites whose political opinions they disagree with or businesses (like video streaming services) connected to their competitors. The internet will no longer be open or a level playing field.
John Oliver has explained it the best: