New York鈥檚 Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman is a name that we鈥檝e been hearing more and more about. Although usually those outside of a state don鈥檛 really learn about what a State鈥檚 AG is doing, Schneiderman has taken the reins in a number of high-profile lawsuits taking aim at the current federal administration. He鈥檚 also the AG who has been working tirelessly for victims鈥 rights in NY聽by ensuring that victims of rape don鈥檛 have to pay for the forensic kits essential to catching their assailants.

Now, Schneiderman is leading a multi-state lawsuit against the FCC, who just yesterday voted to end net neutrality, which will certainly be the end of the internet as we know it.

Last month, Schneiderman slammed the FCC over their refusal to acknowledge thousands of comments left with the commission by citizens over Chair Ajit Pai鈥檚 then-planned decision to end net neutrality. In an open letter to Pai, Schneiderman said, 鈥渢he process the FCC has employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to current net neutrality rules has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans鈥 identities 鈥 and the FCC has been unwilling to assist my office in our efforts to investigate this unlawful activity.鈥

What Schneiderman was referring to was an ongoing investigation by his office into a possible hack of the FCC鈥檚 commenting section, which, as early as April of this year, the AG had alerted the commission to, but to no avail. 鈥淔or six months my office has been investigating who perpetrated a massive scheme to corrupt the FCC鈥檚 notice and comment process through the misuse of enormous numbers of real New Yorkers鈥 and other Americans鈥 identities. Such conduct likely violates state law 鈥 yet the FCC has refused multiple requests for crucial evidence in its sole possession that is vital to permit that law enforcement investigation to proceed.鈥

鈥淢y office analyzed the fake comments and found that tens of thousands of New Yorkers may have had their identities misused in this way. (Indeed, analysis showed that, in all, hundreds of thousands of Americans likely were victimized in the same way, including tens of thousands per state in California, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and possibly others.) Impersonation and other misuse of a person鈥檚 identity violates New York law, so my office launched an investigation,鈥 Schneiderman wrote.

With yesterday鈥檚 vote, Schneiderman鈥檚 renewed his actions against the FCC, and chances are, at least 18 other states will join them. California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island all co-signed a letter to the FCC and Chairman Pai asking the commission to reconsider their plans to dismantle net neutrality.

As of press time, there is no final confirmation on whether any of the aforementioned states, or others, will be joining New York鈥檚 lawsuit.

What do you think of the pushback against yesterday鈥檚 net neutrality vote? Let us know @BritandCo!

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