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  • 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upholding Obama-era net neutrality regulations aimed at ensuring a free and open internet - rules that have since been repealed by President Donald Trump’s administration - came to a formal end on Monday, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to take up the matter.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...
  • FEC Complaint FILED Against Google, Facebook, and Twitter For Election Interference

    11/04/2018 4:34:59 AM PST · by vannrox · 29 replies
    ATS ^ | 2nov18 | Editorial staff
    Americans For Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) filed a formal FEC complaint Friday against Google, Facebook and Twitter for violation of election law stemming from the tech giants’ widespread censorship and bias against conservative patriotic Americans online. ALIPAC’s statement reads in part: “ALIPAC’s new complaint and request for investigations to the FEC sent to Washington, DC via FedEx today can be viewed here– ALIPAC Complaint to FEC Regarding Silicon Valley Elections Influence
  • FCC proposes $37.5M fine against Tucson company for spoofed calls

    09/27/2018 3:28:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    KTAR ^ | 09/27/2018
    The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $37.5 million fine against a Tucson company for allegedly placing more than 2.3 million “maliciously-spoofed” telemarketing calls to sell home-remodeling services during a 14-month span starting in 2016. FCC officials said Affordable Enterprises of Arizona made the telemarketing calls that apparently manipulated the caller-ID information so that many of the calls appeared to come from consumers not connected to the operation.
  • FEMA EAS TEST Postponed

    09/17/2018 9:53:19 AM PDT · by garyb · 19 replies
    FEMA Web Site ^ | 09/17/18 | Federal Emergency Managent Agency
    IPAWS National Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) The national WEA test has been postponed to the backup date of October 3, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. EDT.
  • What Is Net Neutrality? (PragerU)

    09/10/2018 7:12:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 30 replies
    Prager University ^ | 9-10-2018 | Jon Gabriel
    Transcript: Net Neutrality means that the government will--one day--control the internet. "Wait a second!" I can you hear you saying. "That sounds bad." But almost everyone you know says that Net Neutrality is good. Doesn't "neutral" mean that no one is picking winners and losers, that everyone is equal? Maybe according to the dictionary, but not according to the people behind the Net Neutrality movement. For them, "neutral" means the government regulates the internet like a public utility--and that means bureaucrats making key decisions about how the internet is run. And that's exactly what happened in 2015. The Federal Communications...
  • Net Neutrality Advocates Unintentionally ‘Made the Case’ for Regulating Google, Facebook

    09/02/2018 7:43:16 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 31, 2018 | Sean Moran
    Investor’s Business Daily charged in an editorial on Thursday that net neutrality advocates unintentionally “made the case” for regulating Google and Facebook. This week a coalition of large tech giants, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, urged a U.S. appeals court to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of the agency’s 2015 net neutrality rule. The editorial board found regarding the agency’s Obama-era net neutrality, “Those 2015 rules were supposed to protect the ‘free and open’ internet by forbidding ISPs from, as the filing puts it, ‘engaging in discriminatory practices that limit consumer choice, competition, and innovation online.'” The business...
  • FCC shuts down Alex Jones’s flagship radio station

    08/15/2018 6:22:39 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/15/18 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has shut down conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s flagship radio station. The Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday that the pirate radio station, Liberty Radio, was hit with a $15,000 fine and at least temporarily pulled from the airwaves. The newspaper reported that a lawsuit filed in federal court in Austin alleged that Liberty Radio had functioned without a license since at least 2013, and had been transmitting from a tower at an Austin apartment complex. Liberty Radio stopped airing on the radio in December, but still streams online. The FCC is charging that the station was also...
  • Man arrested for threatening to murder FCC chair Ajit Pai's family

    06/29/2018 5:03:56 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/29/18 | John Bowden
    A California man was arrested Friday by FBI agents on charges of threatening to kill Federal Communications Commission chairmanr Ajit Pai over Pai's role in the Trump administration's repeal of net neutrality protections. The Justice Department said in a press release that Markara Man, 33, of Norwalk, California made three threatening emails to accounts operated by Pai last December around the time the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules passed during the Obama administration. The first email blamed Pai for the suicide of a child Man apparently linked to the repeal of net neutrality, while the subsequent emails contained...
  • Man charged with threatening to kill FCC chairman's family over net neutrality

    06/29/2018 4:51:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    cnn ^ | 6:46 PM ET, Fri June 29, 2018 | Clare Foran
    A man was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday on charges of threatening to murder the family of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, according to the Justice Department. The department alleged in a news release that 33-year-old Markara Man threatened the FCC chairman's family because he was "angry" about the repeal of net neutrality regulations and hoped to "scare" the chairman. In court documents filed with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, a police officer with the Arlington County Police Department said there is probable cause to believe that Man sent a series of emails...
  • Internet giants urge flexibility in online political ad regulations

    05/29/2018 12:43:23 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/29/18 | Harper Neidig
    Internet giants are pushing back against tougher election advertising regulations, asking the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to allow for some flexibility in how they disclose funding sources for political ads. In a filing submitted Tuesday, the Internet Association (IA), a trade group representing the biggest web-based technology companies, said that the same disclosure requirements imposed on television and radio ads don’t work well for the internet. “IA’s recommended approach is to allow for more flexibility given the variety of ways that internet content is consumed and to preserve the ability of the IA’s members to innovate and to allow users...
  • Senate votes to save net neutrality rules

    05/16/2018 1:07:18 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/16/18 03:47 PM EDT | HARPER NEIDIG
    The Senate on Wednesday voted to reinstate the FCC's net neutrality rules, passing a bill that has little chance of advancing in the House but offers net neutrality supporters and Democrats a political rallying point for the midterm elections.
  • The Internet Under Siege

    05/08/2018 6:23:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    What is it about the internet that makes it so the government just can't seem to keep its greedy paws off of it? Every few years Congress makes a play to regulate and tax the internet, and free marketeers need to be ever vigilant in swatting them down. First, we have the threat of a new tax on internet sales even when the company in question has no physical presence in the state. Forcing companies to pay for state and local services they don't use: This is simply a revenue grab by states, to the tune of as much as...
  • Net neutrality is all but dead. Here's what happens now.

    04/23/2018 7:34:12 PM PDT · by BBell · 64 replies
    https://mashable.com/ ^ | 4/23/18 | MJ FRANKLIN
    Everyone take a moment of silence please — the free and open internet is all but dead. In December 2017 the FCC, under chairman Ajit Pai, voted to repeal net neutrality, signaling the end of the open internet as we know it. The decision was controversial at the time, with everyone from Alyssa Milano to Reddit calling out the FCC in the lead-up to the vote, but the the vote was just the first step toward repeal. To enact the change, the FCC would have to officially list the ruling and provide a timeline for it. That listing came in...
  • Net Neutrality Won't Disappear on Monday — Here's Why

    04/23/2018 5:03:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/21/18 | Mary von Aue
    Parts of the Federal Communication Commission’s repeal of net neutrality is slated to take effect on April 23, causing worry among internet users who fear the worst from their internet service providers. However, many experts believe there won’t be immediate changes come Monday, but that ISPs will wait until users aren’t paying attention to make their move. In December, the Republican-led FCC repealed net neutrality protections that were first set up under the Obama Administration. The repeal did away with rules that inhibited ISPs from slowing down access or prioritizing their own content, and quickly became a point of contention...
  • FCC accuses satellite startup of launching satellites without a license

    03/10/2018 6:13:07 AM PST · by Voption · 24 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | March 9, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    Four tiny nanosats built by a California startup that were placed in orbit by India’s PSLV rocket in January now appear to have been launched without an FCC license....The FCC denied the license because the nanosats were so small there is a fear they could become a space junk hazard. The FCC has now vacated an approved license for launching four more Swarm satellites on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket in April because, “The FCC believes that Swarm launched and is operating its original small satellites, despite having been forbidden to do so.”
  • Montana Pushes Back On FCC Ruling To Enforce Net Neutrality

    02/07/2018 12:41:26 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | January 27, 2018
    ...in December, the FCC rolled back Obama-era legislation aimed at regulating Internet service providers, meaning providers don't have to treat all online sites equally. ...On Monday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock went a step further and became the first state official to sign an executive order imposing net neutrality in Montana.... ...Governor Bullock is here with me now to talk more... ...tell us about your thought process in deciding to issue this executive order? And I'd particularly like to know why you think this is an important issue... BULLOCK: Well, I think it's an important issue for Montana and, indeed, our...
  • New Jersey governor signs net neutrality order

    02/07/2018 12:20:51 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 21 replies
    New Jersey on Monday became the latest state to implement its own net neutrality rules following the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the Obama-era consumer protections. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed an executive order prohibiting all internet service providers that do business with the state from blocking, throttling or favoring web content. “We may not agree with everything we see online, but that does not give us a justifiable reason to block the free, uninterrupted, and indiscriminate flow of information,” Murphy said in a statement. “And, it certainly doesn’t give certain companies or individuals a right to pay their way...
  • All Five FCC Commissioners Have Come Out Against The Nationalization Of 5G

    01/29/2018 11:53:11 AM PST · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/29/18 | Eric Lieberman
    All five commissioners for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) came out Monday against the idea of the federal government building out technical networks for the next generation of wireless technology simply known as 5G.“I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said in a statement. “The main lesson to draw from the wireless sector’s development over the past three decades—including American leadership in 4G—is that the market, not government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment.”“A network built by the federal government, I fear, does...
  • Trump Leads for Rural Broadband, His Administration Should Follow

    01/13/2018 7:01:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2018 | Peter Ferrara
    President Trump signed two Executive Orders on January 8 instructing the Interior Department to streamline the location of broadband infrastructure for the rural U.S. on federal properties. Now, if the FCC would only follow in that same spirit. The FCC has authority over licenses for electromagnetic spectrum for communication over the airwaves. That includes TV and radio broadcast stations; desktop computers, laptops or tablets communicating over the internet through Wi-Fi; cellphones communicating through satellites; military communications by various means; and medical devices monitoring patients for doctors and hospitals. Under the Radio Act of 1912, the FCC is authorized to license...
  • Behar: Trump Needs to Be ‘Hospitalized’ — ‘He’ll Blow the Whole World Up.....

    01/03/2018 10:44:11 AM PST · by Cheerio · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Jan 2018 | by PAM KEY
    FULL TITLE: Behar: Trump Needs to Be ‘Hospitalized’ — ‘He’ll Blow the Whole World Up So His Stupid Sons Don’t Have to Go to Jail’ Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” while discussing President Donald Trump’s tweet about nuclear buttons and North Korea, co-host Joy Behar said Trump was worried about FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and therefore he would “blow the whole world up so his stupid sons don’t have to go to jail.” (see tweet at link) Joy Behar said, “Trump needs to be medicated and hospitalized at this point, or he is just going to kill...