Washington state files lawsuit after FCC decision

SEATTLE - On Thursday, the FCC voted to repeal Title II Net Neutrality regulations. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against the government entity because of their decision.

The following statement on today's Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal net neutrality was released on Thursday morning:

"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."