The lesser restrictive nature of the FCC will aid mergers and acquisitions.
The White House reeled on Tuesday from the sudden collapse of the Senate’s push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and President Donald Trump acknowledged he was "very disappointed" with the latest blow to his stalled legislative agenda.Principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed reporters off camera Tuesday afternoon at the White House as Republicans on Capitol Hill scrambled to map the path forward.The White House has not held a televised briefing since June 29.Here are the key moments.• Even as health care reform languishes, the White House continues to express confidence in the prospect of tax reform, Sanders said, after taking the podium about a half-hour after the 2 pm scheduled start time.Trump intends to engage in “ongoing, regular, consistent contact with members of Congress” as the process moves forward, Sanders said. “Ideally some Democrats will want to participate.”• Democrats' refusal to help repeal President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement is “unacceptable,” Sanders declared, and she echoed Trump in saying she hoped they would come to the table if the law collapses.“Congress needs to do their job,” she added. “Every day that they don’t, we go further into collapsing Obamacare.” Asked what she would say to Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Shelley Moore Capito, Republicans who supported repeal two years ago but are withholding support now, Sanders said simply: “Do your job.” • Sanders would not say whether the administration will continue to funding key cost-sharing subsidies that help stabilize insurance markets, or whether the White House will take other steps to try and harm the Affordable Care Act.“I don’t think that the White House has to take any actions for Obamacare to collapse,” Sanders said.
The FCC's net neutrality rules have stifled innovation throughout the Internet ecosystem. How can we have an Open Internet and continued disruption?
A group representing major technology firms, including Alphabet and Facebook, urged the FCC to abandon plans to reverse rules barring providers from blocking or slowing consumer access to web content. Elly Park reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters
The FCC appears ready to loosen the rules imposing net neutrality. While this is a positive step, an even better one would be passing policies that lead to more options for consumers to access the internet. Given enough choices, neutrality is unnecessary.
Broadcasters next year will have to offer customers an increased amount of video-described programming, making it possible for blind or visually impaired people to enjoy more live television.
The FCC is trying to put an end to net neutrality, and gamers should join big internet companies like Twitch and YouTube to fight back.
Across the country, companies big and small are demanding the FCC keep its popular protections of a critical resource without which they--like all our workers--would never be able to thrive.
Крупнейшие американские интернет-компании 12 июля проводят онлайн-протест, так называемую "битву за интернет", против планов Федеральной комиссии по связям США (FCC) отменить действие принципа сетевого нейтралитета, по которому провайдеры не отдают предпочтение одним участникам сети перед другими. Необходимость обратить внимание американцев на эту проблему возникла после того, как президент Дональд Трамп назначил главой FCC противника "свободного" интернета.
The FCC chairman leading net neutrality rollback is a former Verizon employee and whose views on regulation echo those of broadband companiesAjit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has a reputation as a nice guy who remembers co-workers’ birthdays and their children’s names.After he was targeted by trolls on Twitter, he took it in good humor, participating in a video where he read and responded to “mean tweets”. Continue reading...
Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) recently sought permission from the FCC to modify its license to enable 5G development testing within the 3.5 GHz frequency band.
A panel of economists, including two former chief economists of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), grade the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order to determine whether in fact the agency operated under an "economic-free zone."
"The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online."
The biggest U.S. internet companies aim to marshal their millions of users Wednesday in the fight to preserve net-neutrality rules — a summon-the-masses strategy that successfully killed Hollywood-backed anti-piracy legislation five years ago but which may carry less power in today's GOP-dominated Washington.Google, Facebook, Amazon and Snapchat, along with an array of other websites and apps taking part in the “day of action,” believe a firehose of internet users can convince President Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission to abandon its plan to gut the rules. The tactic mirrors the web "blackout" deployed in early 2012 to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, which lawmakers dropped after receiving a flood of phone calls and emails.But the political winds in Washington have shifted. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has vowed to roll back the rules requiring internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to treat all web traffic equally, and he has the commission votes he needs, along with the support of congressional Republicans and Trump. For an internet industry that until recently enjoyed a cozy relationship with the Obama administration, the odds of moving the needle are more daunting this time.Still, activists organizing the Wednesday protest hope to make an impact.“It was clear to us as we headed into this fight that we're going to need one of these big moments,” said Evan Greer, campaign director at digital-rights group Fight for the Future. "It is a strategy that can make change even against what seems like insurmountable odds."The number of high-profile websites taking part in the effort continues to expand. Amazon and Reddit were among the first household names to sign up. They’ve since been joined by Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as an eclectic mix of sites ranging from Yelp and Spotify to PornHub and Chess.com. Collectively, they touch millions of Americans every day. Many of the participants will display messages saying that without net-neutrality protections, ISPs could block certain websites, throttle internet speeds or charge people to access websites. They’ll then direct people to submit comments to the FCC and Congress demanding the existing rules be kept in place. “Our message reminds our members of their rights, and how the destruction of net neutrality would take away their freedom to choose what they do and see online,” said Elie Seidman, CEO of online dating site OkCupid. The approach comes directly from Fight for the Future's 2012 playbook, when the group helped lead a mass online protest against anti-piracy bills that enjoyed bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. Websites like Google warned the measures could spark online censorship and Wikipedia blacked out its content to demonstrate the potential impact of the bills, dubbed SOPA and PIPA. The protest sparked a deluge of angry emails and phone calls to congressional offices, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle withdrew their support within days. Many political observers considered that campaign a triumph for online grassroots activism and an example of what can happen when the often-fragmented internet harnesses a collective voice. But five years ago, the internet industry had the implicit support of the Obama White House and the element of surprise in mounting a web campaign that Washington had never experienced before. This time, Republicans, who control all branches of government in Washington and are fully behind Pai's net-neutrality plans, won't be as easily moved."It's somewhere between SOPA-PIPA and much ado about nothing," one Republican lobbyist said of Wednesday's campaign. "It’s hard to imagine this gets a whole lot of political traction." "I think it maybe will get some attention, but in the end, I hope the argument is that we need a legislative solution," said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who has repeatedly sought to get Democrats to the table on a net-neutrality bill. Democrats and activists fear Republicans want to enshrine into law a weaker set of protections than what currently exists in the FCC's rules. The major ISPs are preparing their own messaging to counter activists who say they are amassing too much power. AT&T is even planning to join the "day of action," saying it supports the principles of an open internet even as it backs Pai's efforts to roll back the Democratic-era net-neutrality rules. The telecom giant says it simply disagrees with the FCC's earlier decision to adopt utility-like regulation of internet providers, but Fight for the Future called AT&T's participation in the protest "laughable" and an "outrageous and a blatant attempt to confuse the public."In a sign of the rising tensions ahead of Wednesday's protest, AT&T complained that people couldn't share a link to its "day of action" statement on Twitter, pointing to a warning that pops up saying the material has been flagged as "potentially harmful" or violating its terms of service. Twitter didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.The internet action is aimed in large part at the FCC, which is accepting public comment on Pai's proposal and is seen as "where we will have the greatest impact," said Althea Erickson, Etsy’s head of global public policy. But organizers said they also plan to pressure members of Congress on the issue — and they're getting a friendly assist from Democrats.“We know what Mr. Pai is going to try and do, but our job is still the same, which is to create a citizen’s juggernaut to make sure that people understand that this concept known as net neutrality means that after you pay your internet access fee, you get to go where you want, when you want, how you want ,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) appeared less certain of Wednesday's impact. But if the pro-net neutrality campaign can capture the same fervor as the anti-piracy five years ago, he said, “fasten your seat belt.” Ashley Gold, Li Zhou and Margaret Harding McGill contributed to this report.
As the first deadline for public comment on the FCC's rollback of net neutrality rules approaches, many of the worldwide web's biggest success stories are weighing in.
DISH Network Corp. (DISH), has sped-up the integration process of its Hopper DVRs with the Alexa voice-control technology developed by Amazon.Com Inc. (AMZN).