New Hampshire Not Joining Lawsuit on Net Neutrality
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's attorney general says the state is not joining with others in suing the Federal Communications Commission for repealing "net neutrality" rules.
The state's all-Democratic Congressional delegation wrote to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald last week after the Republican-controlled FCC voted to scrap an Obama-era rule that guaranteed equal access to the internet.
MacDonald responded that federal telecommunications policy and regulations is a matter reserved for Congress and federal agencies and thus, "is outside the jurisdiction and expertise" of his office.
Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter expressed their disappointment Tuesday. They said the repeal poses a threat to business innovation and the consumer experience online.
"It's very disappointing that no sufficient reason has been provided for New Hampshire not joining other states across the country in a lawsuit opposing the repeal of net neutrality rules," said Shaheen, Hassan, Shea-Porter and Kuster in a joint statement. "Considering the broad public support for net neutrality and the real threat this repeal poses to business innovation and the consumer experience online, New Hampshire should be leading efforts to reinstate net neutrality. In Congress, we are supportive of legislative efforts to reverse this FCC decision. However, this does not preclude the State of New Hampshire from leading similar efforts through our judicial system."
New Hampshire GOP Chair Jeanie Forrester expressed approval of Governor Sununu's forward thinking, and said that Democrats want a government-run internet.
"Today’s political theater by the Democrats shows that they are simply interested in more empty political rhetoric. New Hampshire voters have embraced Governor Sununu’s forward-looking vision for a more competitive Granite State, and that involves solutions like scrapping big government boondoggles like net neutrality. Democrats want a government-run internet, which would be as big a disaster as their scheme to take over health care with Obamacare. Gov. Sununu knows that in order to bring our economy forwards, we need greater innovation and competition, not more poorly devised ploys like net neutrality."