FCC repeals net neutrality and now FCC will fight several states over it

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday end net neutrality rules, which required service providers to treat all internet traffic equally.

Politicians from California, Washington and New York said Thursday they’ll use a mix of legislative action and legal moves to fight the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality regulation.

Scott Wiener, a California state senator, said shortly after the vote that he’ll seek legislation requiring net neutrality in the country’s most populous state. The Democrat from San Francisco said in a post on Medium he plans formally introduce a bill early next year.

As part of the repeal, the FCC reclassified broadband as an “interstate information service.” This not only strips the FCC of its ability to regulate broadband as a utility, but Republicans on the commission say it also means states can’t regulate the service either.