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With a New Commissioner, FCC Finally May Try to Reinstate Net Neutrality
09/26/2023 8:50:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
gizmodo ^ | 26 September 2023 | By Kyle Barr
It’s been six years since internet service providers were granted a boon allowing them to push and pull the levers of internet speeds for any website that may not want to pay a ransom. The end to limitations of what is called net neutrality has tugged at the heartstrings of many internet advocates According to unnamed sources who spoke to Bloomberg, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is just about ready to announce plans to bring back net neutrality rules. It comes just a few weeks after Congress finally approved new commissioner Anna Gomez, allowing for a 3-2 Democrat majority on...

Joe Biden Lobbies FCC to Restore Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules
07/09/2021 8:31:22 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 10 replies
Breitbart ^ | 07/09/2021 | Sean Moran
President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Friday seeking to restore the Obama-era net neutrality rules. Biden will sign an executive order to call for more regulation and enforcement against big tech and large telecommunication companies to spur more competition. Among the other regulations, the executive order will encourage the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality rules that would prohibit blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.

Report: FCC Received 18 Million Fake Comments Regarding Net Neutrality
05/07/2021 12:39:39 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 22 replies
Breitbart ^ | May 06 2021 | JACOB BLISS
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a total of 22 million comments regarding the 2017 effort to repeal net neutrality during former President Donald Trump’s administration, of which the majority were fake. A multi-year investigation found that fake comments accounted for nearly 18 million of the 22 million comments the FCC received during its 2017 rulemaking, the New York State Office of the Attorney General Letitia James found in a newly released report. This type of fraud has had a major impact on our democracy since “Federal and state agencies rely on public comments to set standards that govern many...

REVEALED: Twitter, Facebook and Netflix moguls have donated $7.5M to 'Marxist' BLM co-founder who is pushing their 'net neutrality' policy as their tech firms block users sharing critical stories about her
04/24/2021 11:48:22 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 14 replies
UK Daily Mail ^ | April 25 2021 | KEITH GRIFFITH and HARRIET ALEXANDER
Tech moguls who made their fortunes from Facebook, Twitter and Netflix have donated at least $7.5 million to groups tied to BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who has in turn publicly backed their policy goals, according to a new report. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, and Patricia Ann Quillin, the wife of Netflix's billionaire CEO, all gave generously to Cullors' PAC and associated charities, according to the New York Post. Cullors for her part has strongly advocated for 'net neutrality', a policy that financially benefits online content providers such as Netflix and social media sites.

Progressive Net Neutrality Law Bites Veterans Hard
04/10/2021 6:48:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 10, 2021 | Steve Bucci
The federal Veterans Administration (VA) leadership had negotiated free data (not counted against anyone’s wireless data cap) with all major providers for an app called VA Video Connection. This allows veterans nationwide to access telemedicine for appointments, counseling, and other critical services digitally, even when they have lower cost plans with limited data levels. This app is very data intensive, as most high-end streaming video conferencing programs are. The service would be way outside the cost capability of many lower income vets without the deal made by the VA. Sadly, under a new law, passed in 2018, but put into...

Biden Administration Ramping Up For New Battle Over Net Neutrality
03/25/2021 5:11:12 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
American Thinker ^ | 25 Mar, 2021 | Patrick M. Wood
Get ready for Biden's assault on the First Amendment. The Verge reports that Markey is now on a track to introduce new legislation that would re-implement net neutrality that “would engrave the no throttling, block, or paid fast lanes rules into law.” Should Markey’s new bill fail, his plan B is to stack the FCC with enough Democrats to take matters into their own hands. He explained to The Verge that “Once we have three Democrats in place at the Federal Communications Commission, I will strongly urge it to reverse the Trump FCC wrongheaded decision and restore net neutrality and...

FCC chairman Ajit Pai out, net neutrality back
12/01/2020 7:45:23 AM PST · by farming pharmer · 47 replies
ZDNet ^ | 30.November.2020 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai said he plans to leave the commission on Jan. 20, 2021. This opens the door to President-elect Joe Biden to select a new head of the telecommunications regulator. While best known for wrecking network neutrality, in his resignation letter Pai largely ignored that issue. His only comment relating to it was "this FCC has not shied away from making tough choices. As a result, our nation's communications networks are now faster, stronger, and more widely deployed than ever before." Few would agree with his rosy view. While according to the FCC's 2020 Broadband...

The End of the Internet? Net Neutrality Three Years On
10/13/2020 9:55:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | October 13, 2020 | Edward Longe
Back in 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) which provided “a framework for protecting an open internet while paving the way for better, faster, and cheaper internet access for all consumers.” Shortly after the proposals were approved, CNN famously proclaimed the decision was the “end of the internet as we know it.” John Oliver’s segment on Last Week Tonight covering RIFO led 150,000 Americans to file comments opposing the new rules. The previous rules, which were imposed just two years before, required internet services to be treated in the same regulatory manner as a 1930s-style...

European Union’s top court supports net neutrality rules
09/15/2020 9:58:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
Associated Press ^ | September 15, 2020
The European Union’s highest court has given its support to the bloc’s rules that stop internet providers from charging customers for preferential access to their networks. […] The rules require telecommunications providers to treat all data traffic the same, and prevent them from reserving better access for their own services, or selling bandwidth to big companies like Google and Netflix while leaving a slower Internet for everyone else. The Luxembourg-based court backed the principle of an open internet after Hungarian wireless carrier Telenor Magyarorszag had sought an interpretation of the rules. Hungarian regulators had stopped the company from offering two...

DC Court declines to rehear net neutrality case
02/07/2020 9:08:39 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
The Hill ^ | 02 07 2020 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied multiple appeals to rehear a decision upholding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality rules. The 2015 net neutrality rules classified internet service providers as common carriers, similar to telecommunications providers, who are not allowed to discriminate against various forms of traffic. The FCC under Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai repealed those rules in late 2017 and also barred states from passing their own net neutrality regulations. Pai's action faced legal challenges but was upheld by a district court and then by the D.C. Circuit in October. The...

On 2nd Anniversary of Net Neutrality Repeal Don't Forget How The Left Cried Wolf
12/16/2019 1:33:21 PM PST · by OddLane · 12 replies
The Washington Examiner ^ | December 14, 2019 | Casey Given
Today marks two years since the Federal Communication Commission's historic vote to roll back the Obama-era internet regulations misleadingly known as “net neutrality.” As we hit this anniversary, it’s important to remember the apocalyptic predictions Democratic politicians and special interest groups made — and how their warnings never came to fruition. First, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. In 2010, the Obama-era FCC applied net neutrality to internet service providers across the country. For the 20 years of commercial internet history up until that point, almost every major provider had offered open access to the internet without throttling....

Appeals court upholds net neutrality repeal but rules FCC can't block state laws
10/01/2019 8:04:15 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
The Hill ^ | 10/01/19 | Harper Neidig
A federal appeals court on Tuesday delivered a mixed ruling for net neutrality supporters and opponents alike, allowing the Federal Communications Commission's 2017 repeal to stand but striking down a provision blocking states from implementing their own open internet rules. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals also ordered the FCC to revise the repeal order to take into consideration other issues, like the effect that it will have on public safety. The FCC decided to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules in 2017 with the Republicans on the commission carrying the 3-2 vote along party lines. The rules classified internet...

Advocacy groups ask 2020 Democrats to pledge to restore net neutrality
08/26/2019 8:40:06 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
The Hill ^ | 08/26/19 | Harper Neidig
A coalition of progressive groups is asking 2020 Democratic candidates to pledge to restore the Obama-era net neutrality rules repealed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) during the Trump administration. SNIP “The FCC’s net neutrality repeal ignored the voices of millions from across the political spectrum, in what ended up being one of the biggest and most undemocratic giveaways to the telecom industry we’ve ever seen,” Mark Stanley, a spokesman for the group Demand Progress, said in a statement. “For too long, phone and cable companies have exerted in an undue influence in Washington, by pushing unpopular policies that harm...

Net neutrality supporter sentenced for death threats to FCC Chairman Pai
05/17/2019 9:23:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
Reuters ^ | May 17, 2019 1:39 PM | Chris Sanders
A California man was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Friday after pleading guilty for threatening to kill the family of U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai over the regulator’s successful effort to repeal net neutrality rules. The Justice Department said Markara Man, 33, of Norwalk, California, sent the email threats “in hopes it would cause (Pai) to reverse his position on net neutrality.” The FCC did not immediately comment after the sentencing by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. […] In November 2018, Tyler Barriss pleaded guilty for calling in a bomb threat...

U.S. Senate Republican leader calls net neutrality bill 'dead on arrival'
04/09/2019 8:58:48 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 23 replies
KFGO / Reuters ^ | April 9, 2019 | David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday a Democratic bid to restore the 2015 net neutrality rules is "dead on arrival in the Senate." The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday debated a Democratic plan to reinstate the Obama-era rules and overturn a December 2017 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to reverse the rules and hand sweeping authority to internet providers to recast how Americans access information. Late Tuesday, the House opted to delay a vote on the measure and a series of amendments until Wednesday because of an unrelated issue over a separate...

One Year Later, 'Net Neutrality' Zealots Proved Dead Wrong
01/08/2019 8:04:17 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 25 replies ^ | 1/04/2019 | Editorial
So-called experts predicted that removing this cumbersome Obama-era regulatory scheme — which granted the FCC virtually unchecked power over internet providers — would lead to the demise of the internet. Repealing “net neutrality” regulations “would be the final pillow in (the internet’s) face,” said The New York Times. The ACLU said it “risks erosion of the biggest free-speech platform the world has ever known.” CNET declared that “net neutrality repeal means your internet may never be the same.” CNN labeled repeal the “end of the internet as we know it.” A year later, none of the horror stories came true....

We All Should Have Died After Net Neutrality Repeal. Now Internet is 40% Faster
01/02/2019 1:16:48 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 14 replies
Maven ^ | 12/18/2018 | Maven
Imagine that? We survived Net Neutrality's repeal and got fast internet in the process. Despite the doomsday forecasters' grim predictions for the Internet's future following Net Neutrality's repeal, here we are still alive and still breathing. Even more positive news: U.S. Internet speeds rose 40%. Ookla's latest Speedtest found that " US internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year.” Here were the winners and losers of fastest broadband and upload speeds per Recode:

One Year Later, The Left’s Net Neutrality Lies Look Even Dumber
12/22/2018 12:20:57 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 3 replies
Red State ^ | 12/17/2018 | Seton Motley
For those who don’t pay particularly close attention to politics – those on the Left lie. A LOT. They lie about Donald Trump-Russia collusion. They lie about their Russia collusion. They lie about green energy being green and energy – it’s neither. They lie about government-run health insurance. They lie about government-run medicine. They lie about tax cuts. They lie about tax increases. We could cite examples of Leftists lying…until the crack of Doom

U.S. Supreme Court ends fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules
11/05/2018 8:56:52 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
Reuters ^ | November 5, 2018 | by Lawrence Hurley
The legal fight over a 2016 lower court ruling upholding Obama-era net neutrality regulations aimed at ensuring a free and open internet - rules that have since been repealed by President Donald Trump’s administration - came to a formal end on Monday, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to take up the matter. The Trump administration and internet service providers had asked to justices to wipe away the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that had temporarily preserved the net neutrality regulations championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama. But the justices refused...

California agrees to pause net neutrality rules amid messy legal battle
10/26/2018 1:50:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 26, 2018 | By Melia Russell
California agreed Friday not to enforce its new net neutrality rules - the toughest state-level internet protections in the nation - while court deliberations continue over the federal government’s underlying rollback of net neutrality. The Department of Justice and internet service provider trade associations, which sued the state for enacting a law that sets different ground rules for internet protections in California, have also agreed to put that lawsuit on hold until 2019. Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed a bill that in effect restored net neutrality rules put in place in 2015 under the Obama administration and overturned by...
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