The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen on Tuesday filed suit against the Education Department, complaining that the agency had blocked access to the group’s website to users inside an agency building.
The complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia names the department and Secretary Betsy DeVos as defendants, arguing that the alleged Wi-Fi block violates the First Amendment and the Administrative Procedure Act.
The problem surfaced on Feb. 22, according to the complaint. Public Citizen staff member Patrick Llewellyn was at a meeting in the Education building at 550 12th St. SW in Washington and attempted to log onto the Internet using government WiFi, the complaint said. He was “able to use ED’s Wi-Fi network to access numerous websites, including websites