Cuccinelli Goes after Another Federal Regulation; Seeks Partners for FCC Suit against 'Net Neutrality'

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Byline: Paige Winfield Cunningham, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Wading into another fierce ideological battle, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has announced plans to sue regarding new federal regulation of the Internet and has urged other states to jump on board his fight against net neutrality.

Calling the regulations the most egregious of all violations of federal law, Mr. Cuccinelli told The Washington Times on Thursday that he will begin in July or August to gather support from other attorneys general and private partners for a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission.

They have no respect for the courts, no respect for the states, no respect for the Constitution, no respect for federal law, Mr. Cuccinelli, a Republican, said during an appearance on Capitol Hill at a lunch meeting of the National Italian-American Foundation.

Mr. Cuccinelli has engaged the federal government in legal battles related to other hot-button political issues, including health care and climate change. The net neutrality issue has become a cause celebre for Republicans who fear the Obama administration is attempting to control the Internet.

The regulations were approved Dec. 21 by the five-member board of the FCC over the objections of its two Republican members and are expected to go into effect this summer.

They are designed to prevent broadband providers - companies such as AT&T and Verizon, which control the infrastructure of the Internet - from interfering with how companies such as Google, Netflix or a small startup use the lines. The goal is to keep cyberspace free from interference and guarantee that consumers can reach any website they want at the prices and speeds they are used to.

The regulations have been challenged on several fronts. …