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What Can Cities and States Do About Net Neutrality?

The plans so far are to be defiant and take the FCC to court. Beyond that, there’s a limited slate of options.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.Aaron Berstein/Reuters

When the FCC voted Thursday to repeal net neutrality regulations, it went one step further: It banned state and local governments from taking their own action to preserve net neutrality within their borders.

It’s a preemption effort that isn’t sitting well with local leaders across the country. A week before the vote, 58 mayors and county officials wrote FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to say they were “deeply disturbed by the Commission’s efforts to preempt our ability to protect consumers and businesses in our communities.”