The United States is about to go to war with itself over net neutrality.
In the hours after the Trump administration scrapped rules that required internet providers to treat all web traffic equally, a handful of states mobilized in a bid to reverse the decision by the Federal Communications Commission in court — or perhaps write their own new regulations as a replacement.
To start, a coalition of state attorneys general, led by New York, pledged on Thursday that they would sue the FCC to stop its rollback from taking place. Meanwhile, policymakers in at least two states — California and Washington — said they’d try on their own to prevent companies like AT&T, Charter, Comcast* and Verizon from blocking websites, slowing down web traffic or prioritizing their movies, music and other content above their rivals’ offerings.
There are now reports that the lawsuit will be joined by Oregon, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts.
Officials from Santa Clara, California, reportedly plan to sue the FCC over the repeal as well. Ultimately, it’s likely that multiple lawsuits will end up being consolidated into one.