Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Statement of Attorney General T.J. Donovan on Net Neutrality

October 19, 2018

Contact: T.J. Donovan, Attorney General, (802) 828-3171

Vermonters expect and deserve a government that will fight to preserve and protect a free and fair internet. And, the State of Vermont has a right to express its values when contracting for goods and services.

My office has made protecting net neutrality a priority. That fight is unfolding in the federal courts through our effort to stop the FCC from overturning net neutrality.

Earlier this year, the State passed an executive order and a law to ensure that entities the State contracts with are equally committed to net neutrality principles. Yesterday, big industry sued the State seeking to interfere with its right to contract with service providers that share Vermont’s values.

The complaint filed yesterday by industry is without merit.  While we hear a lot about free markets and support for the principles of net neutrality, this industry action seeks to infringe on the State’s right to contract with like-minded providers.

Make no mistake: we will continue to stand up for fairness and common sense on the issue of net neutrality. And, we will strongly oppose this unwarranted attempt to interfere with the State’s right of contract and participation in the market.

Last modified: October 19, 2018