Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, on Thursday announced on Twitter that his office “will consult with other state attorneys general” about a potential “multistate legal challenge” in wake of the Federal Communication Commission’s controversial 3-2 vote to repeal net neutrality open internet protections.
Our office will consult with other state attorneys general in the wake of the FCC’s decision to repeal #NetNeutrality. It’s likely there will be a multistate legal challenge.
— IA Attorney General (@AGIowa) December 14, 2017
The vote was championed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer who has been dismissive of critics’ concerns that overturning net neutrality will allow giant corporations to control what content internet users can most easily access by charging for specific websites or throttling connection speeds in a way that could censor internet content.
Last week, Pai joked about being a shill for Verizon. He followed up on Wednesday in a video produced by disgraced journalist (and University of Iowa grad) Benny Johnson in which he mocked the outcry over the FCC’s plans to end net neutrality the next day.