- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has joined a group of attorneys general who are suing to block the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net-neutrality rules.

Attorney General Mills joins attorneys general for 20 states and the District of Columbia in the lawsuit led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Mills said in a statement Wednesday the repeal is harmful to consumers and business owners who use the internet in their daily routines. Mills also criticized the FCC’s decision to vote on the issue during an ongoing investigation.

The net-neutrality rules had barred companies like AT&T;, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. The FCC’s new rules are not expected to go into effect until later this spring.

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