In addition to the impending legal challenges, Senate Democrats are looking to vote under the Congressional Review Act to reverse the order.
Meanwhile, state attorney generals have already signalled their intention to file lawsuits challenging the net neutrality repeal in court, as have pro-net-neutrality advocacy groups.
The FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order and Breitbart News's Allum Bokhari argued that, under net neutrality, content providers such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter have censored the Internet, stifled conservative and alternative voices, and served as a greater threat to free speech compared to ISPs.
Final or not, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said a petition filed Thursday afternoon is a declaration that he and almost two dozen of his counterparts in other states believe the rollback of net neutrality is illegal.
But those that wanted to challenge the repeal in court had to wait for the official order to be published before they could sue to block it from taking effect. A repeal, supporters of net neutrality say, would take away the level playing field of the internet and favor the bigger players online, harming smaller actors who want to get into the field, and would ultimately hurt consumers. The 2015 rules also made it illegal for internet providers to charge companies a fee in exchange for better access to customers.
As it now stands net neutrality ensures that internet providers won't be able to block or limit access to content by offering paid workarounds. "This is not right", Rosenworcel said. The National Archives and Records Administration's Office of the Federal Register Feb. 21 released a preliminary version of the text on its website. He also eked out support from one Republican, Sen. What it does do is act as a starting pistol of sorts for repeal opponents.
In addition to NY, attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington joined Thursday's petition.