(Lana Jones/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- "Imagine a day without the internet," says Maura Healey.
The Massachusetts Attorney General testified Tuesday on Beacon Hill, urging a Special Senate Committee to protect Bay State residents from an FCC order dismantling Net Neutrality.
"The internet is critical to our lives," she told WBZ NewsRadio's Lana Jones. "It's where we shop, it's where we bank, it's where we learn online, where we conduct research."
She said the FCC has rolled back protections that would ensure open and equal access to the internet.
"That's bad for consumers, bad for students, bad for business, bad for the economy," she said. "And that's why we've sued to stop this order from taking place, and that's why we're here today testifying on this issue."
Healey believes that there are protections already in place in Massachusetts that could forestall the FCC ruling, including consumer protection laws.
"We're going to be there to enforce those laws," she said. "But we're also fighting the FCC's order in court, joined by 21 other states, because we recognize this is a big deal. It could change the way the internet operates, and I think that people want to have an internet that is not slower, not more expensive, and not more restricted."
"That's apparently what the FCC wants to incent, and we're just saying no."
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Lana Jones reports