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NY attorney general will sue to stop net rules rollback

In this March 21, 2016, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during a news conference in New York. In this March 21, 2016, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during a news conference in New York. | Photo: AP Photo / Seth Wenig, File.

December 14, 2017 03:51 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's attorney general says he'll lead a multistate lawsuit to stop the rollback of "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet.

Democrat Eric Schneiderman released a statement announcing the lawsuit after the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to scrap the Obama-era regulations. He said the rollback will give internet service providers new ways to control what consumers can see, do and say online.

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Schneiderman has been investigating fake public comments submitted to the FCC during the net neutrality comment process. He says his analysis shows 2 million comments stole the identities of real Americans, including dead people and children.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said at a July FCC meeting that the raw number of comments wasn't as important as the substance of issues raised.

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