Attorney General Janet Mills decries the proposal of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to repeal the “net neutrality” rules put in place by the Obama administration that maintain important consumer protections for internet service customers and an open internet according to a press release issued by her office recently.
The proposal of the FCC will allow Internet Service Providers to slow or block access to certain sites or mobile applications, upending the idea of “net neutrality” that has allowed ideas and commerce to flourish across the web.
“This proposal is terrible for consumers, individuals and businesses who use the internet every day to do our banking, pay our bills, to do our schoolwork and to do our jobs,” said Attorney General Mills. “This proposal will allow service providers to limit and slow down access to information based on their values and economic interests. The idea that we should be able to access the same parts of the web and use applications freely, without interference from a provider, is critical to the free exchange of ideas fundamental to our democracy.”
Attorney General Mills is reviewing the proposal of discussing options with other Attorneys General to protect consumers’ rights.
In July, Attorney General Mills, along with 12 other attorneys general, submitted comments to the FCC in opposition to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
Attorney General Mills has announced that she is running for Governor next year when LePage’s term expires.