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28 апреля, 16:22

Activism Won Net Neutrality - Can it Stop Trump's FCC from Rolling it Back?

Craig Aaron of Free Press says the fight to stop FCC chair Ajit Pai's attempt to undo net neutrality, which protects equal access to internet content, depends on a resurgence of the grassroots activism that helped push it through in 2015. Visit http://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work by donating at http://therealnews.com/donate.

28 апреля, 01:06

Trump's FCC Chair Wants To Gut Net Neutrality. He's In For A Bruising Fight.

WASHINGTON ― When Ajit Pai, President Donald Trump’s pick to chair the Federal Communications Commission, announced his plan to roll back his own agency’s net neutrality rules on Wednesday, he sounded nervous. “I am confident we will finish the job,” he said, in a somewhat stilted speech at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “This is a fight we intend to wage, and this is a fight we are going to win.” If Pai is nervous, he has good reason to be. Net neutrality is extremely popular with both Republicans and Democrats. The activists who support strong rules are loud and well-organized, and the organizations that oppose the rules — cable companies like Comcast and telecom providers like Verizon, HuffPost’s parent company — are not loved. When cable and telecom companies lost the fight against the Obama administration’s strong net neutrality rules in 2015, they lost badly. The fight this time could be even fiercer. In 2014, then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former cable and wireless industry lobbyist, said he was planning to avoid the strong net neutrality protections that activists were hoping for. Activists mobilized, fearing a dystopian future where telecom companies could censor websites or slow traffic for a profit. They launched national campaigns, painted Wheeler as a lobbyist sellout, and descended on his house. Comedian John Oliver famously compared the appointment of Wheeler to a dingo watching a baby. (Dingoes eat babies.) Then-President Barack Obama publicly came out in support of strong net neutrality rules in November 2014, which conservatives have pointed to as evidence that he unduly influenced Wheeler. But the president simply added to the existing momentum, Wheeler said later. And big-weight tech companies had also joined activists in speaking out in support of an open internet. Wheeler proposed strong rules in February 2015 — rules that required reclassifying internet service providers as a “common carrier” under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act — and the FCC was flooded with public comments supporting the decision. The agency subsequently approved the rules in a 3-2 party-line vote. Now, Pai wants to roll them back and allow the industry to police itself. The agency could take it a step further and propose eliminating any existing rulings on net neutrality, permitted they have a compelling legal case to do so, senior FCC officials told Recode on Thursday. Pai is expected to go through a lengthy rule-making process that includes a period of public comment. (People can start commenting on the draft released today, an agency spokesman said.) Gigi Sohn, who previously served as counselor to Wheeler, estimates that the repeal process will take at least seven to 10 months. “We know from when we did the net neutrality rules, the groups will make it painful for every single day,” she said. “There will be emails, phone calls, protests ― it’s going to be a tsunami.” Having now read @AjitPaiFCC's proposal 2 repeal #netneutrality, I would say it leans heavily towards NO rules at all. Not even transparency.— Gigi Sohn (@gigibsohn) April 27, 2017 Pai should know the backlash is coming: He’s active on Twitter, where he is already getting hammered by activists over his proposal. And as a former commissioner who voted against Wheeler’s rules, he was around for the last fight. This time, the backlash could be even worse. Wheeler’s FCC issued the current net neutrality rules only after an appeals court said it did not have solid legal footing for earlier rules. But that same appeals court upheld the new, stronger rules last year, soundly rejecting arguments from AT&T and other groups that had sued to overturn them. (A petition to rehear the case is pending before the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where judges appointed by Democratic presidents hold a solid majority.) Activists are better-prepared for a fight this time, said David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, a leading pro-net-neutrality group. “People are better networked than they previously were, and are looking for opportunities to engage,” he told HuffPost. “We plan to make use of the internet to save the internet, as we did last time.” A number of startups, including Engine Advocacy and Y Combinator, have already started circulating a letter opposing Pai’s actions. Public interest groups also created a crowdfunding effort to relaunch BattleForTheNet.com, an activism campaign to help protect the rules. For now, some of the larger corporations that have supported net neutrality are keeping quiet. Google declined to comment, but directed a reporter to the Internet Association’s statement arguing against any rule change. (Google largely sat out the net neutrality fight in 2014, speaking through think tanks and industry groups then, too.) Netflix, which became the poster child for net neutrality in 2014, also seems to have tempered its stance. Two days before Trump’s inauguration, the company told investors that weaker net neutrality laws would be unlikely to “materially affect” its U.S. profit margins, though Netflix still supports net neutrality. (Netflix did not respond to a request for comment.) Pai will likely want support from Congress. But at a time when Republican members of Congress are dogged by angry protesters at nearly every town hall they host, that won’t be an easy ask. “Congress is a very difficult playing field for him because members of Congress have been so overwhelmed by constituents contacting them in support of net neutrality,” Segal said. Members of Congress in swing districts, already fearing an anti-Trump wave in 2018, may also shy away from what will likely be a bitter fight. And without an overwhelming majority that includes some Democrats, the specter of a filibuster looms over any net neutrality legislation. Pai also has to be reconfirmed by the Senate by the end of 2017, and that may occur before his net neutrality fight is over. Though he has support from a GOP-controlled Congress, the outcome of the current battle could influence his reconfirmation chances. “This is a litmus test,” Sohn said. “And he knows it.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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28 апреля, 00:04

U.S. FCC chief unveils plan to scrap Obama-era internet rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday released a 58-page draft plan to reverse the landmark 2015 "net neutrality" order and disclosed the agency may withdraw "bright line" rules barring internet companies from blocking, throttling or giving "fast lanes" to some websites.

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27 апреля, 15:00

How Consumers Can Protect Their Privacy In The Wake Of The FCC Privacy Rules Rollback

Internet privacy took a hit when Congress voted to reverse rules established by the FCC -- but there are ways to keep your personal information hidden.

27 апреля, 01:25

Trump Tax Plan Empowers Countless More Americans To Bribe An Underwhelming Child Into College

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! The entire Senate took coach buses over to the White House, and even money says Ted Cruz was the only person to raise his hand when the driver asked if anyone wanted to watch the movie. Ivanka Trump is starting up her own Clinton Foundation, but don’t expect your Facebook feed to fill up with posts from your aunt about how Ivanka is hiding a Parkinson’s diagnosis or runs a child sex ring in a pizzeria. And until this week, the three things we were most surprised hadn’t materialized were smartphones with built-in projectors, a domestic fast-casual chain that sells poutine and a cascade of racial discrimination allegations against Fox News. Well, we can cross one off our list. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, April 26th, 2017: CONGRATULATIONS TO RICH PEOPLE - Look, it was either expanding Medicaid or making sure that Harvard-Westlake’s alumni network had enough left over to endow a new standalone lacrosse field. Zach Carter: “President Donald Trump’s top economic advisers on Wednesday proposed trillions of dollars in tax cuts for millionaires under a plan billed as the biggest tax reform in over 30 years…. They did insist on three major perks for the wealthy, however ― reducing the tax rate on stocks, bonds and real estate investments; eliminating inheritance taxes for millionaire heirs and heiresses; and bringing down the tax rate on the largest corporations to less than half of what it is now. The inheritance tax ― disparaged by conservatives as a ‘death tax’ ― only applies to millionaires. Magnates must will at least $5.45 million to their heirs ($10.9 million for couples) to qualify for the tax. Heirs and heiresses pay an average rate of 16.6 percent on these inheritances, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, generating about $275 billion for the government over 10 years.” [HuffPost] HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS THIRSTY FOR MORE UNINSURED - But some “moderate” Republicans don’t want people to know they made them uninsured, so there’s an impasse. Matt Fuller: “House Republicans appear closer than ever to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, after the House Freedom Caucus formally endorsed a revised version of the GOP health care bill and moderates looked to be largely going along with the changes. It’s still a real question whether Republicans have the votes. There were almost enough moderates publicly opposing the health care bill before an amendment worked out between co-chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) dragged the legislation even further to the right. But those changes, which would significantly undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions, have won over a large swath of conservatives.” [HuffPost] This is still the bill everyone hated last month, only it’s even worse for sick people. “Apparently yanking away the funds that allow millions of people to get health insurance isn’t enough for some House Republicans. Now they also want to gut the Affordable Care Act’s protection for people with pre-existing conditions.” [HuffPost’s Jonathan Cohn] Also, the Senate exists. “While House Republicans have reanimated their push to repeal the Affordable Care Act by crafting a plan to appease conservatives, Senate moderates on Wednesday were already expressing serious doubts about the new proposal.” [HuffPost’s Michael McAuliff] TRUMP’S LATEST EMPTY THREAT: BLOWING UP THE INSURANCE MARKET - He won’t do it...for the time being. Jeffrey Young and Jonathan Cohn: “The White House walked back its threat Wednesday to explode the Obamacare market by halting crucial payments to health insurance companies, just hours after signaling it might take that drastic step within weeks…. The consequences of halting these payments to health insurance companies would be devastating for people who buy coverage on their own, rather than through employers. Insurers would face higher costs leading to bigger premium hikes, and in many states could respond by cancelling coverage for the rest of 2017. The administration’s sudden shift marks the latest example of President Donald Trump issuing a threat, and then withdrawing it when it doesn’t result in the deal he wanted.” [HuffPost] BERNIE BROS SUDDENLY REALIZE THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HILLARY AND TRUMP - RIP to your CoD multiplayer parties, brahs. David Shepardson: “The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. A plan to reverse the rules approved by the FCC under Democratic President Barack Obama is expected to set off a fight over the future of the internet regulation. Ajit Pai, who was named chair of the FCC by President Donald Trump in January, said at a speech in Washington he was aiming to reverse rules that gave the government greater regulatory powers over internet service providers, arguing they cost jobs and depressed investment.” [Reuters] TRUMP LOOKING TO LEAVE NAFTA - Congratulations to the Republican Party on staying true to its commitment to free markets. Tara Palmeri, Adam Behsudi and Seung Min Kim: “The Trump administration is considering an executive order on withdrawing the U.S. from NAFTA — and initial reaction on Capitol Hill to the planned move has been mostly negative. A draft order has been submitted for final stages of review and could be unveiled late this week or early next, two White House officials told POLITICO. The effort, which still could change in coming days as more officials weigh in, would indicate the administration’s intent to withdraw from the sweeping Clinton-era pact by triggering the timeline set forth in the deal… The approach appears designed to extract better terms from Canada and Mexico. But it raises the possibility the Trump administration could walk away from one of the largest trade deals on the planet.” [Politico] TRUMP’S WALL IS MAYBE HIS WORST DEAL YET - And, again, we’re talking about a guy who sold steaks in an electronics catalog. S.V. Date: “On Day One as president, candidate Donald Trump promised last year, he would start working on his ‘great wall’ along the southern border. It would be 35 feet tall ― at least. It would be 1,000 miles long, and extend deep enough underground to prevent Mexicans from tunneling beneath it. And it would be impenetrable: ‘It’s going to be made of hardened concrete, and it’s going to be made of rebar. That’s steel,’ he explained to a Virginia audience.... Early specifications call for only an 18-foot wall, although 30 feet is preferable. The material is unspecified, and the Cabinet member in charge of building it has said in some places it might be more a series of sensors than an actual structure. As to who will pay for it, it turns out Mexico is not particularly interested in doing that, leaving U.S. taxpayers on the hook ― if and when work actually starts. Except that Congress isn’t that eager to spend tens of billions of dollars for Trump’s project either.” [HuffPost] Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill TRUMP LOOKING TO GUT 9TH CIRCUIT - Forget separation of powers, we could use some separation of pouters, amirite? Amirite?? Sarah Westwood: “President Trump said Wednesday that he has ‘absolutely’ considered proposals that would split up the 9th Circuit, where judges have blocked two of his executive actions. ‘Absolutely, I have,’ Trump said of considering 9th circuit breakup proposals during a far-ranging interview with the Washington Examiner at the White House on Wednesday. ‘There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous.’ …  His comments came one day after U.S. District Judge William Orrick temporarily blocked Trump’s efforts to withhold funds from any municipality that refuses to cooperate with immigration enforcement officers.” [Washington Examiner] THE TRUMPS ARE DOING *LITERALLY* EVERYTHING THEY RAILED AGAINST DURING THE CAMPAIGN - We cannot wait for Chris Cillizza to weigh in on this one. Paul Blumenthal: “Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and White House adviser, plans to start a fund to help female entrepreneurs worldwide, using money from private-sector donors and foreign governments. According to Axios, the first to report the first daughter’s plan, the fund will be run by the World Bank. ‘Canadians, Germans and a few Middle Eastern countries have already made quiet commitments, as have several corporations,’ Axios previously reported. The fund will provide ‘working and growth capital to small- and medium-sized enterprises.’  … [T]he Ivanka Trump-World Bank fund sounds like it will mimic the work of a private organization that got a lot of (bad) publicity in 2016: the Clinton Foundation…. The foundation was seen as a major conflict of interest for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, whose critics claimed her decisions as secretary of state benefitted foundation donors.” [HuffPost] @Farenthold: White House now says @IvankaTrump will have no major role in fund that @axios mentioned, won’t raise $ or control its output. Updating... Paul Blumenthal notes that the level of nepotism and corruption exhibited by the Trump family is typically found in third-world countries. THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GO ROUND AND ROUND (TO OUR HYPERSENSITIVE NORTH KOREA BRIEFING) - Bet you Orrin Hatch pulled the power move where he went to the back row with 4 contiguous seats and laid down like a boss. Matthew Pennington and Vivian Salama: “The Trump administration hosted senators for an extraordinary White House briefing Wednesday at a perilous moment with North Korea, marked by nuclear threats from the unpredictable nation and stern talk of military action, if necessary, from the United States. All 100 senators were invited and taken in buses for the unprecedented, classified briefing. President Trump’s secretary of State, Defense secretary, top general and national intelligence director were to outline for them North Korea’s escalating nuclear capabilities and U.S. response options, officials said. The briefing team was to meet later with House members in the Capitol.” [AP] FOX NEWS ANCHOR ALLEGES DISCRIMINATION AT NETWORK - We Report. You Get Passed Over For A Promotion. Michael Calderone: “Fox News veteran Kelly Wright, the only black man with an anchor position at the network, on Wednesday emotionally described being demeaned, marginalized, and prevented from advancing in his career due to racial bias.... Wright was speaking out, he said, because Fox News leadership had ‘lost their way’ and ‘failed to be fair and balanced to all of our employees regardless of race, gender, faith, creed, or color.’ ... Wright is the most high-profile employee of color to join a growing group of current and former Fox News staffers alleging racial discrimination inside the company. On Tuesday, 11 current and former employees filed a class action suit against the network, parent company 21st Century Fox, Fox News general counsel Dianne Brandi, and former Fox News comptroller Judith Slater.” [HuffPost] Make sure you read Jason Fagone’s powerful Highline piece on how trauma surgeons bear witness to America’s gun violence epidemic. WHEN YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR METRICS ANYMORE - Sarah Emerson: “[I]n a blog post today, The Wilderness Society…a national conservation nonprofit, noticed something strange. As of March this year, the BLM was no longer posting images of rivers, forests, deserts, and mountains. Instead, its Flickr page now exclusively shares portraits of oil wells, mining pits, and construction — the kind of development that stands to devastate the very places the agency exists to protect.” [Motherboard] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a beaver herding some cattle. TYPICAL BIG GOVERNMENT REPUBLICANS: WANTING TO CONTROL WHAT YOU EAT - Joseph Erbentraut and Arthur Delaney: “According to a study released Wednesday by the Voice of the People, a nonpartisan polling group, and conducted by University of Maryland researchers, an overwhelming majority of American voters of both parties favor restricting SNAP benefits from being used to buy soda and candy, as well as incentivizing fruit and vegetable purchases and increasing the overall amount of SNAP benefits available. The study found that of the 7,000 voters polled, 76 percent of respondents agreed that SNAP benefits should not be used to buy candy. For Republican respondents 85 percent approved of banning the sweets, while 68 percent of Democrat respondents agreed.” [HuffPost] COMFORT FOOD - A country-by-country guide to personal space. - Turns out there’s a universal poop constant. - In case you’d ever wondered what a Starbucks location the size of a Nike Store would look like, now you know. TWITTERAMA They said if we voted for Hillary the president's daughter would shake down foreign leaders for donations and they were right.— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) April 26, 2017 little-known fact: “looks great” is another way of a journalist saying “i will never read your piece”— maxwell (@maxwellstrachan) April 26, 2017 If Emmanuel Macron comes up with unique economic ideas for France will we call them Macroneconomics? .........bye— David Mack (@davidmackau) April 26, 2017 Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson ([email protected]) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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27 апреля, 00:00

Why I'm Trying to Change How FCC Regulates the Internet

Ajit Pai, LA TimesIn 2012, Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook — all age 23 or younger — led the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA finals. But that team never got a chance to compete for another title, because the Thunder traded Harden away for fear that having three superstars would, someday, create salary cap concerns. How did that transaction work out? Harden is a perennial MVP contender for the Houston Rockets, Durant left for Golden State and Westbrook has struggled to hold the team together. Many Thunder fans would give anything to undo a trade motivated by speculative fears.

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26 апреля, 23:40

FCC plans to ditch Obama-era net neutrality rules

Ajit Pai indicates regulations to keep the internet open will be replaced

26 апреля, 22:38

FCC Chairman To Propose Reversing 'Net Neutrality' Rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. A plan to reverse the rules approved by the FCC under Democratic President Barack Obama is expected to set off a fight over the future of the internet regulation. Ajit Pai, who was named chair of the FCC by President Donald Trump in January, said at a speech in Washington he was aiming to reverse rules that gave the government greater regulatory powers over internet service providers, arguing they cost jobs and depressed investment. “Do we want the government to control the Internet? Or do we want to embrace the light-touch approach” in place since 1996 until revised in 2015, he asked. The rules approved by the FCC in 2015 prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to speedy internet, essentially a “fast lane,” to certain internet services over others. The 2015 FCC rules reclassified internet service providers much like utilities, a decision that could open the door to eventual rate regulation. A federal appeals court upheld the rules last year. Pai said his proposal will face an initial vote on May 18 but he would not seek to finalize a reversal of the Obama rules until the FCC takes public comment, which could take several months. The Obama administration rules require broadband providers to treat all data equally, rather than give or sell access to a Web “fast lane.” Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said on Wednesday, “The previous FCC took internet policy down into a dark and horrible abyss.” He said the FCC will “expunge net neutrality regulations from the Internet.” Internet providers such as AT&T Inc , Verizon Communications Inc and Comcast Corp have argued that net neutrality rules make it harder for internet service providers to manage traffic and has made investment in additional capacity less likely. Comcast Chairman and Chief Executive Brian Roberts said reclassification of internet services as a utility should be reversed. He said Pai’s proposal “creates an environment where we can have a fresh constructive dialogue.” Democratic Senator Edward Markey predicted Pai would face a “tsunami of resistance” to overturning the rules. The Internet Association, a group representing Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc and others, said the current FCC net neutrality rules are working and should not be changed. Reversing the rules “will result in a worse internet for consumers and less innovation online,” they said.   (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Brown and Diane Craft) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

26 апреля, 22:38

FCC Chairman To Propose Reversing 'Net Neutrality' Rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. A plan to reverse the rules approved by the FCC under Democratic President Barack Obama is expected to set off a fight over the future of the internet regulation. Ajit Pai, who was named chair of the FCC by President Donald Trump in January, said at a speech in Washington he was aiming to reverse rules that gave the government greater regulatory powers over internet service providers, arguing they cost jobs and depressed investment. “Do we want the government to control the Internet? Or do we want to embrace the light-touch approach” in place since 1996 until revised in 2015, he asked. The rules approved by the FCC in 2015 prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to speedy internet, essentially a “fast lane,” to certain internet services over others. The 2015 FCC rules reclassified internet service providers much like utilities, a decision that could open the door to eventual rate regulation. A federal appeals court upheld the rules last year. Pai said his proposal will face an initial vote on May 18 but he would not seek to finalize a reversal of the Obama rules until the FCC takes public comment, which could take several months. The Obama administration rules require broadband providers to treat all data equally, rather than give or sell access to a Web “fast lane.” Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said on Wednesday, “The previous FCC took internet policy down into a dark and horrible abyss.” He said the FCC will “expunge net neutrality regulations from the Internet.” Internet providers such as AT&T Inc , Verizon Communications Inc and Comcast Corp have argued that net neutrality rules make it harder for internet service providers to manage traffic and has made investment in additional capacity less likely. Comcast Chairman and Chief Executive Brian Roberts said reclassification of internet services as a utility should be reversed. He said Pai’s proposal “creates an environment where we can have a fresh constructive dialogue.” Democratic Senator Edward Markey predicted Pai would face a “tsunami of resistance” to overturning the rules. The Internet Association, a group representing Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc and others, said the current FCC net neutrality rules are working and should not be changed. Reversing the rules “will result in a worse internet for consumers and less innovation online,” they said.   (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Brown and Diane Craft) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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26 апреля, 22:26

Speaker Ryan on FCC Announcement to Restore Internet Freedom

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai’s announcement to roll back net neutrality regulations: “The internet is evidence of the unparalleled heights that a true free market can reach. But those heights have been threatened by federal regulations that set a dangerous precedent by focusing on controlling the internet rather than protecting consumers. Chairman Pai’s announcement that the FCC will roll back these regulations is welcome news. Congress is committed to working with the Trump administration to enact policies that protect consumers and ensure Americans have access to a free and open internet.” Related: House Passes Regulation to Protect Your Internet Freedom

26 апреля, 21:56

FCC chairman announces start of net neutrality pullback

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Wednesday unveiled his strategy to gut the Obama-era net neutrality rules by weakening his agency’s power over internet service providers, plunging his agency once again into a major policy battle pitting telecom giants against digital activists and tech companies.Pai’s proposal seeks to eliminate the regulatory foundation of the rules approved by the agency's previous Democratic majority in 2015 and jettison a general conduct standard giving the FCC authority to oversee ISP behavior. The net neutrality rules require providers like AT&T and Comcast to treat all web traffic equally as it passes through their networks.Supporters of the original rules say they give the FCC sufficient oversight over internet providers to prevent them from blocking or throttling web traffic or charging websites for faster access to consumers. But Pai called that approach heavy-handed regulation that has hurt broadband investment, and said his plan will return the industry to a time when the internet was allowed to grow.“For decades before 2015, we had a free and open Internet,” the chairman said in a speech at the Newseum in Washington co-hosted by FreedomWorks, a limited-government group. “Indeed, the free and open Internet developed and flourished under light-touch regulation. We were not living in some digital dystopia before the partisan imposition of a massive plan hatched in Washington saved all of us.”Pai intends to seek a commission vote on his proposal at the agency’s May 18 meeting. The move is sure to reignite the policy war that has raged for years between nation's telecom giants and activists that fear that ISPs, if left unchecked, will abuse their power as gatekeepers of the internet.Left-leaning advocacy groups and Democrats have promised a fierce fight to protect the current version of the rules. They point to the political fallout over Republicans’ repeal of the agency’s broadband privacy rules earlier this year, calling that a mere preview of the pain to come on net neutrality. Many progressives are deeply invested in the issue, having helped to generate a flood of comments to the agency during the last FCC debate."Millions of Americans as well as internet companies, startups and innovators have supported the order," David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, said in a statement. "The order’s main opponents are large ISPs that have made it clear they want to subvert the public interest by manipulating internet traffic to benefit corporate bottom lines."Pai said his changes to net neutrality will spur companies to spend more money building networks and will restore the FTC’s authority to police ISP privacy practices. He said he intends to finish the rulemaking this year — and appeared to have no illusions about the resistance he'll face.“Make no mistake about it: This is a fight that we intend to wage and it is a fight that we are going to win,” Pai said.It’s unclear how the chairman will be able to preserve the FCC’s net neutrality role without grounding its rules in the regulatory structure, approved two years ago, that treats ISPs like telephone-style utilities, subjecting them to tighter oversight. The FCC lost a court battle over a previous version of the rules that did not employ that structure, but the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 2015 order last June in a 2-1 decision.Pai initially floated an idea to seek voluntary commitments from internet providers to adhere to net neutrality principles, under the purview of the FTC, but that concept appears to have fallen by the wayside amid a backlash from net neutrality activists. Even Pai's fellow GOP commissioner, Michael O’Rielly, who’s no fan of the current rules, expressed some skepticism about obtaining voluntary commitments from private companies.O'Rielly, who spoke at the same event as Pai, made a plea for lawmakers to get involved in the net neutrality issue."The only way to bring resolution to the net neutrality debate once and for all is for Congress to consider and enact legislation on the subject matter, as it deems appropriate," he said. "There can be no lasting peace until that happens."

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26 апреля, 21:49

FCC chair unveils plan to roll back net neutrality

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26 апреля, 20:58

U.S. FCC chairman to propose reversing 'net neutrality' rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others.

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26 апреля, 00:34

U.S. FCC to launch 'comprehensive review' of media regulations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said on Tuesday the top U.S. telecommunications regulator would launch a "comprehensive review" of media regulations and overhaul rules that restrict consolidation among media companies, potentially opening the door to a wave of deals among broadcasters and newspapers.

25 апреля, 22:56

5 Telecom Stocks Set to Beat Estimates this Earnings Season

The less restrictive nature of the FCC will aid mergers and acquisitions, thus spurring growth in 2017.

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25 апреля, 20:33

Here's Why Straight Path (STRP) Stock Soared Again Today

Shares of Straight Path Communications Inc. (STRP) skyrocketed on Tuesday morning on news that the company has received a "superior" buyout offer to AT&T Inc.'s (T) recent takeover attempt.

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