"Repealing net neutrality will allow internet service providers to put corporate profits over consumers by controlling what we see, do, and say online", said New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the coalition, whose members also include California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
"The Republican-led FCC voted to repeal the consumer protections in December amid an outcry from internet users and activists anxious that the move would give free reign to companies like Verizon and Comcast to disrupt the free flow of information online".
Though students would still be able to access these services, it is unlikely they would be a priority for internet service providers when it comes to determining the access speed.
Separately, governors in five states - Montana, New Jersey, New York, Hawaii, and Vermont - have passed Executive Orders requiring any ISP with a state contract to adhere to net neutrality.
Attorneys general from more than 20 red and blue states filed a lawsuit last month to stop the repeal.
The April 23 deadline is already drawing criticism and legal challenges from parties who believe net neutrality is needed to regulate fair use of the internet.
"This agency has failed the American public", she said. It failed to listen to their concerns and gave short shrift to their deeply held belief that internet openness should remain the law of the land. "This is not right", Rosenworcel said.
With the repeal published in the Register, Senate Democrats have only 59 days to block the legislation. He also eked out support from one Republican, Sen.
There is also the fact that people living in states which have chosen not to create any net neutrality laws would still face the consequences of the FCC's ruling. What it does do is act as a starting pistol of sorts for repeal opponents.
Democrats have enough votes to force an up-or-down vote on the bill through the Senate, and if they can get just one more Republican senator to flip, it'll pass.
In addition to NY, attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington joined Thursday's petition.