Tim Fox Refuses to Protect Net Neutrality

We live in dangerous times. Times that are hard to comprehend and it often seems impossible to engage.

You have people like Republican leader Steve Bannon saying frightening things like:

Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down.

To do this, Steve Bannon plans to destroy the foundations of our democratic institutions; the rule of law and the free press. His goal is to make government unworkable and next wipe away our free and open access to information, news and ideas.

He and the Republican Party have already succeeded in making government unworkable and untrustworthy from 8 years of obstructionism and the utter incompetence by Trump. Their next step is to control what you see and believe. Republican leaders are now one step closer today with the repeal of Net Neutrality by the Federal Communications Commission.

This rule was put in place to prevent major telecommunications companies from charging extra for faster services or blocking content they or their donors don’t want you to see. This rule was put in place to prevent what telecomm giants were planning on doing in 2015, make the internet prohibitively expensive and unattainable for regular folks.

In times like these you look to the rule of law or elected officials to stand up for your rights. State Attorneys General, the chief law enforcement officer for each state, is entrusted with defending our laws and making sure citizens’ voices and constitutional rights are fairly represented—not destroyed by Steve Bannon and other Republican leaders.

This has led 17 state Attorneys General to sue the FCC over the decision to repeal net neutrality.

So why has Montana Attorney General Tim Fox refused to join the suit and protect Montanans from this harmful decision?

Fox should join the lawsuit on behalf of all Montanans.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the multi-state effort.

“The FCC’s vote to rip apart net neutrality is a blow to New York consumers and to everyone who cares about a free and open Internet,” Schneiderman said. “The FCC just gave Big Telecom an early Christmas present, by giving Internet service providers yet another way to put corporate profits over consumers. Today’s rollback will give ISPs new ways to control what we see, what we do, and what we say online. That’s a threat to the free exchange of ideas that’s made the Internet a valuable asset in our democratic process.”

The website, Ars Technica, reported:

Nineteen attorneys general including Schneiderman and Ferguson previously called upon the FCC to delay its net neutrality vote because of fraud and impersonation in the public comments submitted to the FCC’s net neutrality repeal docket.

2 million people—and some dead ones—were impersonated in net neutrality comments

Schneiderman has been investigating that fraud for six months, but the FCC has refused to provide evidence for the investigation. That could play a role in the appeal, but the lawsuit is likely to challenge the FCC on several points.

Most notably for state governments, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is claiming the authority to preempt state and local governments from enacting their own net neutrality rules.

So why not sue over this fraud? Sadly, joining a lawsuit to defend the basic idea of internet equality would go against Tim Fox’s Republican leaders and the corporate donors that fund them. Joining a lawsuit to prevent basic internet services from increasing for low-income and rural Montanans would only help promote equal opportunity amongst the masses and the free sharing of ideas.

This is where Tim Fox is supposed to protect Montana’s states rights and our best interests over those who would seek to destroy our way of life, like Steve Bannon and the modern Republican Party.

In the future, today’s date will be read about in the history books, that is if we are still able to access this information on an open internet.

A free and open internet is essential to a healthy democracy and Tim Fox refuses to defend Montanans from this flagrant violation of our basic freedoms.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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