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  • COURT UPHOLDS NET NEUTRALITY RULES ON EQUAL INTERNET ACCESS

    06/14/2016 9:34:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies
    AP ^ | June 14, 2016 | SAM HANANEL AND TALI ARBEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a big win for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally.The 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a victory for consumer groups and content companies such as Netflix that want to prevent online content from being blocked or channeled into fast and slow lanes.
  • Oh Look, Three More Examples of Obama Administration Cronyism

    05/09/2016 9:34:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2016 | Seton Motley
    resident Obama is a cronyism machine. No administration in our history has done more to punish its enemies and reward its friends. In fact, while engaging in rank identity politics - another Divider-Not-Uniter moment in seven-plus years full of them - the president himself said exactly this: “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”Cronyism candor from the commander in chief. And this promise he has kept. On steroids.But three more of the latest examples are some unequal-protection-before-the-law fiats from the president’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Except...
  • AT&T offering $5 internet to low-income families (under deal with FCC)

    05/02/2016 9:12:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | April 22, 2016 | Heather Kelly
    Any home where at least one person receives food stamps will be eligible for the new program, called Access from AT&T. The offering is part of an agreement AT&T (T, Tech30) made with the FCC as part of last year's DirectTV merger and will be available until 2020. The company is the latest to offer discounted internet to low-income households in the United States, joining Comcast (CCV), Google Fiber, and some local government and nonprofit. These programs help close the so-called "digital divide" for families who would otherwise be forced to rely on school connections or cell phones. A lack...
  • FCC kept 'Obamaphone' fraud under wraps until after it expanded program

    04/14/2016 9:09:40 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    Federal regulators were instructed to keep a massive fraud investigation – concerning the “Obamaphone” program, meant to help get low-income families cellphone access – under wraps until a day after a controversial vote to expand the program, one of those regulators claims. The Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced that it would seek $51 million in damages from a cellphone company that allegedly defrauded the federal Lifeline program of nearly $10 million. The commission’s five members unanimously backed the Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL), but Republican commissioner Ajit Pai parted from his colleagues in a partial dissent. According to Pai,...
  • FCC plans $51 million fine over Lifeline program abuse

    04/08/2016 9:15:51 AM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    WMUR ^ | April 8, 2016 | Charles Riley
    The Federal Communications Commission has announced plans to fine a mobile provider $51 million for defrauding its Lifeline program, which subsidizes wireless service for low-income Americans. The FCC accused California-based Total Call Mobile of fraudulently enrolling tens of thousands of duplicate and ineligible consumers in the Lifeline program. The company received an estimated $9.7 million dollars in improper payments since 2014, according to the FCC. In the fourth quarter of that year, 99.8% of the company's enrollments allegedly involved overriding a system designed to stop the registration of duplicate customers.
  • FCC approves Internet subsidies for the poor

    03/31/2016 1:31:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2016 | Mario Trujillo
    Millions of poor Americans will be eligible for federal subsidies to help pay the cost of Internet service after new regulations were approved in a whirlwind Federal Communications Commission meeting on Thursday. The FCC voted to expand its 30-year-old program called Lifeline, which previously offered $9.25 in subsidies for phone and basic cell service. The three Democratic commissioners approved the proposal over opposition from the two Republicans, who have concerns about the program's budget. The vote was delayed for more than three hours as Republicans accused FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler of scuttling a late-night compromise to bring them on board....
  • The FCC’s Plan To Take Over The Internet Has Begun

    03/19/2016 4:51:07 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/18/2016 | John Merline
    “It’s not a government takeover of the Internet.” That was the mantra of those who backed the Federal Communication Commission’s “net neutrality” rules, which the FCC approved a little over a year ago. [snip] FCC chairman Tom Wheeler promised that — despite the fact the FCC had just granted itself wide-ranging control over ISPs — it would use a “light touch” when it came to regulating ISPs. But now, 12 months later, the FCC tipped its heavy hand with a proposal for a new set of regulations that could, as the Morning Consult put it, “reshape the tech industry.”
  • FCC unveils proposal for $9.25/month low-income broadband subsidy

    03/08/2016 9:55:23 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2016 | David Shepardson
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission circulated Tuesday a final proposal seeking approval for a $9.25 monthly subsidy for low-income Americans to get broadband Internet access. Since last year, the FCC has been considering revamping the $1.5 billion annual program, called Lifeline, which has helped lower income Americans get access to telecommunications technologies since 1985. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he wants to give those receiving the subsidy a choice of using it for phone services, high-speed Internet, or both. But households will get only a single $9.25 a month subsidy that would apply...
  • FCC commissioner: U.S. tradition of free expression slipping away

    02/16/2016 10:43:58 AM PST · by pilgrim · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/16/16 12:58 PM | Rudy Takala
    The American traditions of free expression and respectful discourse are slipping away, and college campuses and Twitter are prime examples, according to a member of the Federal Communications Commission says. "I think that poses a special danger to a country that cherishes First Amendment speech, freedom of expression, even freedom of association," FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai told the Washington Examiner. "I think it's dangerous, frankly, that we don't see more often people espousing the First Amendment view that we should have a robust marketplace of ideas where everybody should be willing and able to participate. "Largely what we're seeing, especially...
  • It's time to kill the cable box with apps

    01/31/2016 6:25:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    CNET ^ | 01/31/16 | David Katzmaier
    Commentary: A proposal by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler calls for cable companies like Comcast to "unlock the set-top box." Unlocking isn't enough. The box should die, once and for all, and be replaced by apps. There's no technological reason that Comcast, or Time Warner Cable, or Charter or any other cable TV provider needs to provide physical hardware at all. There's no need for warehouses full of cable boxes or arduous "service windows" where the technician supposedly shows up "sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m."-- or not--to fix (or more likely just replace) your device. Full-fledged pay...
  • FCC wants more companies making cable boxes

    01/27/2016 2:57:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 4:14 PM EST | Tali Arbel
    The government wants to make it easier for you to buy and use cable boxes from companies other than your cable provider. This could help companies like TiVo, Roku and Apple deliver a cable feed, too, as part of their video recorders or streaming-TV devices. Introducing competition could also help lower people's cable bills. The Federal Communications Commission says that 99 percent of cable and satellite TV customers rent boxes from their cable providers, and that the price of cable boxes has nearly tripled since 1994. Meanwhile, prices of common consumer electronics like cellphones, TVs and computers have fallen sharply....
  • FCC accused of power grab on broadband

    01/24/2016 3:27:36 AM PST · by upchuck · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/23/2016 | David McCabe
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote next week on an annual report about the state of high-speed Internet deployment around the country, something that has become a magnet for debate.A proposed draft of the congressionally mandated report finds that advanced telecommunications capability isn't being deployed in a "reasonable and timely fashion" to all Americans. According to a fact sheet released by the agency, 34 million Americans do not have access to wired internet service that meets the FCC's definition of broadband — download speeds of 25 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps. The commission also found that the...
  • FCC: 'We Are Going to Be Sued.' Don't Execute Huge Power Grabs and You Won't

    12/07/2015 3:27:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2015 | Seton Motley
    The Obama administration has almost inarguably executed more unilateral sweeping power grabs than any previous presidency ever. Administration defenders lamely point to the number of Executive Orders issued: "GOP Slams 'Imperial' Obama After Fewest Executive Orders In 100 Years (CHART)." Which is technically true - but totally irrelevant. A minor point: Not every single Executive Order grabs additional unilateral power (though many do). A major point: What matters most is total Grabs-by-Regulations - not specifically Executive Orders. New regs issued by the multitudinous Executive Branch departments, agencies, commissions and boards - that exceed the power granted them by Congressional legislation....
  • Obama’s FCC Plans Sale of U.S. Media to Foreigners

    11/13/2015 7:50:46 AM PST · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Nov. 13, 2015 | Jerry Kenney
    If you think it's hard to get unbiased news from radio and TV now, just wait until your local broadcast stations and other media properties are owned and operated by the Chinese, Russian or Mexican governments, or the Muslim Brotherhood. Amazingly, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to make it easier for foreigners to buy and run local radio and TV stations. The federal entity that monitors the media is proposing more foreign ownership of the U.S. media in the name of "diversity."
  • Television News Network Lobbyists Are Fundraising for Hillary Clinton

    10/30/2015 9:02:34 AM PDT · by 100American · 4 replies
    https://theintercept.com ^ | Oct. 29 2015, 10:51 a.m. | Lee Fang
    Over the last two presidential debates, both Democratic and Republican candidates have asserted that the television news media is biased and has done a poor job informing voters of the most pressing issues in the election. And while their focus is on things like the type of questions asked by debate moderators, they are overlooking much clearer signs of potential conflicts of interest. Fundraising disclosures released this month and in July reveal that lobbyists for media companies are raising big money for establishment presidential candidates, particularly Hillary Clinton. The giant media companies that shape much of the coverage of the...
  • About That Campaign to Censor Trump's Comedy Show

    10/30/2015 7:45:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Weeks after NBC granted Hillary Clinton the favor of appearing on "Saturday Night Live," playing a bartender to the actress who impersonates her on the comedy show, the same leftist activists who adored that routine are trying to prevent Donald Trump from hosting the show on Nov. 7. A group called "The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda" has written a letter to NBC objecting to the booking. MoveOn.org has organized a "Dump Donald Trump" petition drive with hundreds of thousands of leftist signatures. Another petition on Change.org also drew a leftist throng through social media, aided by the hashtag RacismIsntFunny. The...
  • Now that Trump is hosting SNL, the FCC is interested in Equal Time laws

    10/23/2015 10:58:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    While it may not sound like it, this story might wind up being good news for future campaigns. As you will recall, Saturday Night Live tossed Hillary Clinton a huge favor a few weeks ago when they had her appear on the show as a friendly bartender talking to her SNL doppelganger. Shortly after that we learned that Donald Trump had been invited to host the show, no doubt including multiple skits for him to star in. For both of these campaigns that’s potentially good news because it’s hits a young audience that probably doesn’t spend their entire day...
  • Are High Phone Bills Cruel and Unusual Punishment? The FCC Thinks so, and Plans to Mandate...

    10/21/2015 4:32:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 89 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 10/21/15 | James Gattuso
    Are inmates in state and federal prisons charged too much to make a phone call? The Federal Communications Commission thinks they are.On Oct. 22, the telecommunications regulator is expected to impose strict new caps on how much convicts can be charged for making phone calls from the big house. In so doing, the agency will (once again) be overstepping its bounds, overriding policy decisions set by those who actually run the prisons.There is little doubt that making a phone call from prison can be expensive, with per minute rates of up to 89 cents, according to the FCC, not counting...
  • Ted Cruz Says He ‘Cannot Overstate’ the ‘Threats’ to Internet Freedom, Independent News Websites...

    10/20/2015 6:31:14 AM PDT · by Isara · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct. 19, 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    Ted Cruz Says He ‘Cannot Overstate’ the ‘Threats’ to Internet Freedom, Independent News Websites Like Drudge Ted Cruz said Sunday evening that the “threats to Internet freedom” have “never been greater” and could have the potential of affecting independent online news outlets like the Drudge Report.Speaking to TheBlaze Sunday evening in Dallas, Texas, the Republican presidential candidate responded to reports that Congressional review of digital copyright law could threaten aggregator news websites. “I think threats to Internet freedom continue growing,” Cruz said. “This administration views the Internet as a threat.” The Texas senator cited the Federal Communications Commission’s move to...
  • Trump 'SNL' Hosting Triggers FCC Time Requirements

    10/14/2015 6:29:41 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 41 replies
    Broadcasting and Cable ^ | 10/14/15 | John Eggerton
    Stations must provide other candidates airtime on request NBC affiliates may want to get their stop watches out when Donald Trump hosts Saturday Night Live. Per FCC rules, qualified candidate appearances on non-news broadcasts are subject to the "equal opportunities" requirement, which requires TV stations who give airtime to one candidate to offer other qualified candidates for the same office an equivalent amount of airtime on the station. NBC could ask the FCC for a ruling that the show was a bona fide news broadcast or news interview program or documentary, and thus exempt from the requirement, but that would...
  • FCC Rules Endanger Open Source Wireless Router Firmware

    09/29/2015 10:36:27 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    The VAR Guy ^ | 28 September 2015 | Christopher Tozzi
    Open source wireless router firmware may become tougher to install in the United States, if not illegal. That's if device manufacturers interpret new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules involving radio frequencies to mean that user-modified software should be banned. The rules require manufacturers of wireless routers to "implement security features in any digitally modulated devices capable of operating in any of the U-NII bands, so that third parties are not able to reprogram the device to operate outside the parameters for which the device was certified."In non-geek terms, that means users shouldn't be able to change their routers's radio frequencies,...
  • America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH (new FCC regulations)

    09/06/2015 3:39:00 PM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 5, 2015 | Kieren McCarthy
    Analysis America's broadband watchdog is suffering a backlash over plans to control software updates to Wi-Fi routers, smartphones, and even laptops. In a proposed update [PDF] to the regulator's rules over radiofrequency equipment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would oblige manufacturers to "specify which parties will be authorized to make software changes." In addition, it proposes that "modifications by third parties should not be permitted unless the third party receives its own certification." While the intent is to make the FCC's certification of the next generation of wireless equipment faster and more flexible, open source advocates were quick to notice...
  • Recording Of Megyn Kelly Talking Proves Trump Was Right: Kelly Is Absolute Trash

    08/07/2015 11:51:34 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 158 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | August 8, 2-15 | Theodore and Walid Shoebat
    (Original title too long: An Old Recording Of Megyn Kelly Talking About Penises, Breasts, And How She Has Sex, Proves Trump Was Right Kelly Is Absolute Trash) Donald Trump was disinvited from a prime speaking role to an important gathering of conservative activists on Friday for his criticism of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after a combustible debate performance. As for the vacant spot at the Red State gathering, Red State chief Erick Erickson has invited Kelly to replace Trump. Kelly replacing Trump was a fair judgment in Erickson’s view for saying “blood coming out of her … whatever”. The...
  • Trump Twitter Rant: ‘Megyn Kelly Bombed Tonight,’ Retweets Post Referring To Her As ‘Bimbo’

    08/07/2015 6:33:34 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 409 replies
    CBS ^ | August 7, 2015
    Overnight on Twitter, Trump said that Kelly “bombed” as a moderator. “Wow, @megynkelly really bombed tonight. People are going wild on twitter! Funny to watch,” Trump tweeted. Trump added that Kelly, along with moderators Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, were not very professional. “I really enjoyed the debate tonight even though the @FoxNews trio, especially @megynkelly, was not very good or professional!” he stated. Trump even retweeted a post that referred to Kelly as a “bimbo.” The billionaire also lashed out at Luntz after getting a poor review from a focus group following the debate. Trump referred to Luntz as...
  • Donald Trump’s Newest Enemy: Fox News

    08/07/2015 2:37:45 PM PDT · by onyx · 165 replies
    New York News & Politics ^ | August 7, 2015 | Gabriel Sherman
    Having spent the past six weeks rhetorically slashing at his Republican rivals, it makes perfect sense that Donald Trump would eventually run out of targets and find himself in a war with the party’s media arm: Fox News. At the GOP primary debate Thursday night in Cleveland, Trump’s onstage clashes with the Fox moderators, and his postdebate complaints about the network’s treatment of him, were among the most talked-about story lines to emerge from the Quicken Loans Arena. What makes the confrontation all the more dramatic was that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes has, until this point, been a...
  • Erick Erickson Disinvites Trump From Red State Gathering Over Megyn Kelly Insults

    08/07/2015 10:46:29 PM PDT · by kristinn · 377 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Saturday, August 8, 2015 | Kerry Picket
    Red State’s Erick Erickson dis-invited GOP presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump after he insulted Fox News anchor and Thursday night’s debate moderator Megyn Kelly during a CNN interview Friday night. I have rescinded my invitation to Mr.Trump. While I have tried to give him great latitude, his remark about Megyn Kelly was a bridge too far — Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) August 8, 2015 “Well I just don’t respect her as a journalist. I have no respect for her. I think she’s highly overrated. But when I came out there what was I doing I’m not getting paid for this....
  • Yes, ‘ObamaNet’ Is Here: Meet ConnectHome, the ‘Free’ Internet That Costs Taxpayers Much

    07/26/2015 8:03:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7/24/2015 | Alex Pournelle
    On July 15 in Durant, Oklahoma, President Obama announced ConnectHome, describing it as: … a new initiative with communities, the private sector, and federal government to expand high speed broadband to more families across the country. ConnectHome is aimed at low-income areas with little broadband uptake, expanding several earlier federal programs. The headlines are about connecting the poor to the modern convenience of the internet, but they don’t mention who’s paying for it. As with most federal programs, you are. Is ConnectHome worth the costs, and what are they? So far, the ConnectHome website is thin on details. (It’s even...
  • Obama collecting personal data for a secret race database

    07/18/2015 2:19:05 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 179 replies
    A key part of President Obama’s legacy will be the fed’s unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of “racial and economic justice.” Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites. This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already...
  • Words Used to Mean Things – Then Came Government

    07/07/2015 3:11:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7-6-15 | Seton Motley
    We are a nation founded upon and (allegedly) governed by words. Beginning with – specifically, foundational-ly – the Constitution. Every syllable was by our Founding Fathers debated and carefully crafted. To ensure a limited, enumerated government, maximum freedom for We the People – and a document that clearly, concisely laid out these parameters. The Constitution is a “living, breathing document” - but with the amendment process as its only respiratory system. If you don’t like it – amend it. Otherwise, it is what it is – it says what it says. The Constitution established a system that also relies on...
  • FCC votes to subsidize broadband connections for low-income households

    06/18/2015 9:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    BetaNews ^ | June 18, 2015 | Mark Wilson
    Today the FCC voted in favor of updating its Lifeline program to include broadband. This would mean that households surviving on low incomes would be able to receive help paying for a broadband connection. It might not be as important as electricity or water, but having a broadband connection is seen as being all but essential these days. From helping with education and job hunting, to allowing for home working, the ability to get online is seen as so vital by some that there have been calls for it to be classed as a utility. The Lifeline program has been...
  • Net Neutrality Launches under FCC’s ‘Ministry of Innovation’

    06/16/2015 11:41:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/16/15 | Chriss W. Street
    The media silence was deafening on Friday as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched “Net Neutrality” regulations–possibly the most far-reaching and intrusive regulatory action of the 21st century. When Breitbart News published “Everybody Equal, But Google Much More Equal” in February, revealing how the FCC’s Democratic majority gave Google the “heads up” on the secret regulations and allowed executives to tweak the deal, there was a huge uproar. But now that the Internet is under the FCC’s “Ministry of Innovation,” the media seem to have moved on. As Seton Motley noted at RedState, there was no mention in the tech...
  • The Fraud-Riddled 'Obamaphone' Program Is Coming to the Internet

    06/12/2015 2:47:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/11/2015 | John Merline
    Next week, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve a plan to add Internet access subsidies to its current $1.7 billion wireless phone subsidy program, called Lifeline. This comes in the wake of two federal audits that show a negligent lack of accountability in the existing program, as well as news reports of widespread fraud and abuse.
  • FCC Has Shocker for GOP That Could Guarantee Big Democrat Win in '16

    06/04/2015 9:13:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2015 | Matt Towery
    It's not a major news story...yet. But trust me, the Democrats and the Federal Communications Commission that they control are ready to guarantee a defeat for Republicans in close U.S. Senate races in 2016 and in the battle for the White House. This is not columnist hype. It's the real thing, and it's moving like a freight train. We all know that people hate getting those automated phone calls from politicians, creditors and vacation time-share hucksters. And rightly so. The FCC, headed by Tom Wheeler, has known that for years. But it seems they waited until now to act. After...
  • Chattanooga TV station WRCB rejects gay-marriage ad

    06/02/2015 2:19:02 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Times Free Press ^ | 6/1/15 | Andy Sher
    By refusing to air pro-gay marriage ads featuring a Tennessee physician who recently served a tour of military duty in Afghanistan, a Chattanooga television station suddenly finds itself in the thick of the debate. Last week, NBC-affiliate WRCB-TV Channel 3 turned down efforts by Freedom to Marry, a national pro-marriage equality group, to purchase air time for its 30-second spot as the U.S. Supreme Court nears an expected decision on the issue later this month. The station's rejection has since burned up the Internet with articles on Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, the Wonkette blog and a Fox Radio News blog...
  • FCC head unveils proposal to narrow ‘digital divide’ (subsidize internet for ‘poor’)

    05/28/2015 9:34:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2015 3:29 PM EDT | Tali Arbel
    The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access. The FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, has emphasized that Internet access is a critical component of modern life, key education, communication and finding a keeping a job. With the net neutrality rules released earlier this year, the agency redefined broadband as a public utility, like the telephone, giving it stricter oversight on how online content gets to consumers. That triggered lawsuits from Internet service providers. The proposal Thursday to expand the Lifeline phone program to Internet...
  • F.C.C. Chief Seeks Broadband Plan to Aid the Poor

    05/28/2015 3:15:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 13 replies
    NYTimes ^ | May 28, 2015 | REBECCA R. RUIZ
    For 30 years, the federal government has helped millions of low-income Americans pay their phone bills, saying that telephone service is critical to summoning medical help, seeking work and, ultimately, climbing out of poverty. Now, the nation’s top communications regulator will propose offering those same people subsidized access to broadband Internet. On Thursday, that regulator, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will circulate a plan to his fellow commissioners suggesting sweeping changes to a $1.7 billion subsidy program charged with ensuring that all Americans have affordable access to advanced telecommunications services, according to senior agency officials. The effort...
  • 'Obamaphone' fight pivots to Internet

    05/28/2015 11:21:45 AM PDT · by magellan · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/28/15 | Brooks Boliek
    The FCC is readying a proposal to extend the controversial subsidy program to broadband.Conservatives have reserved their worst epithet for the Lifeline program, which provides discounted phone service to low-income families: "Obamaphone." Liberals call it a vital source of empowerment for the poor. Now the Federal Communications Commission is readying a proposal to extend the subsidies to the Internet, setting up a new battle with Republicans who already want to shut down the effort.
  • Obama Calls for Change in How the Media Reports [semi-satire]

    05/18/2015 9:36:51 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 May 2015 | John Semmens
    Citing the “especially grievous slant that FOX gives to the news,” President Obama called for “better policing of the public airways to prevent this intellectual pollution.” “When I see how FOX is constantly undermining what I am trying to do for America by pointing out every flaw and defect of my policies I feel sorry for America,” the President said. “How can our people be joyful if their TVs are parading so-called failures in front of them in their own living rooms?” “The abuse of freedom of the press and freedom of speech for the purpose of destroying faith in...
  • MSNBC Host Rips Obama Over Recent Fox News Channel Jab

    05/14/2015 8:34:49 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 5/14/2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    “Is he really the sole arbiter of what is right and just?” Referencing Barack Obama’s remarks at a recent forum aimed at addressing poverty, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough took exception to the president’s public indictment of a rival cable news network. Obama stated that Fox News Channel offers a “constant menu” of programming demonizing the poor as lazy “sponges” and “leeches.” Scarborough eviscerated Obama not only for his comments, but for the forum in which he decided to make them. “At a bipartisan summit, you decide to attack a cable news channel as the problem,” he said, “saying that [FNC...
  • OBAMA RIPS FOX: ‘WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE HOW THE MEDIA REPORTS’

    05/13/2015 5:54:20 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/2015 | John Nolte
    For going on seven years we have learned three things about President Obama: 1) He loves the poor so much he continues to create more of them. 2) He loves the poor so much he does everything in his power to keep them poor. 3) He doesn’t see the opposition as loyal, but as bad players — his enemy. This is especially true of Fox News, which Obama ripped as anti-poor bigots during a Wednesday afternoon summit on poverty. We’re used to this Obama, the forever-partisan who has never seen himself as president of all the people but only of...
  • Charge: Election commission Dems want power to regulate conservative Internet, media, super PACs

    05/11/2015 9:51:42 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-11-15 | Paul Bedard
    Bristling at claims that GOP opposition has made the Federal Election Commission "worse than dysfunctional" in the eyes of the Democratic chairwoman, Republicans counter-charge that the left is frustrated because it hasn't succeeded in regulating conservative Internet sites, media and right-leaning super PACs. In an escalating fight on the politically-divided FEC, the former Republican chairman on Monday charged his Democratic replacement with playing politics and trying to belittle foes to get her way. (Snip) "To punctuate her concerns over 'dark money' as the poster issue for Republican lawlessness, she has publicly called out four conservative non-profit organizations: Crossroads GPS, Americans...
  • FCC Commissioner: Feds May Come for Drudge [Isaiah 29]

    05/04/2015 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/4/2015 | Rudy Takala
    (CNSNews.com) – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member Ajit Pai said over the weekend that he foresees a future in which federal regulators will seek to regulate websites based on political content, using the power of the FCC or Federal Elections Commission (FEC). He also revealed that his opposition to “net neutrality” regulations had resulted in personal harassment and threats to his family. Speaking on a panel at the annual “Right Online” conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Pai told audience members, “I can tell you it has not been an easy couple of months personally. My address has been publicly...
  • Internet and thought control begins in 45 days!

    04/30/2015 7:08:14 AM PDT · by Baynative · 74 replies
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | 4/31/15 | Godfather Politics
    UPDATE: The implementation of Barack Obama's takeover of the Internet is less than 45 days away. And as Marsha Blackburn says, if Congress does not take action to stop Barack Obama, the government will "control the Internet" in a little over the month. Make no mistake, the Internet as you know it will never be the same if we let Barack Obama implement this takeover. You'll pay more for less service and the government will use this draconian ruling as a club to bludgeon Internet freedom, including ultimately your free speech. And if you think we exaggerate, consider what Rep....
  • When the FCC came knocking ...

    04/23/2015 7:42:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-21-15 | Eric Cope
    The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted a plan to regulate the Internet like the phone companies of the 1930s. The decision is wrong for countless reasons, including an imminent reduction in investment and innovation. To undo these burdensome regulations, Congress should work together in the coming months to pass a law that both ensures the desired consumer protections everyone favors but forgoes the antiquated 1930s-style public-utility regulations. Let's take a step back. The FCC initially proposed last year to adopt a simpler set of rules guaranteeing that the Internet remains open and available to all users. This type of regulation...
  • Norway first country to switch off FM radio.

    04/20/2015 9:54:18 AM PDT · by Auslander154 · 33 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4/20/2015 | Roxborough, Scott
    First it was Net Neutrality; will the demise of FM radio come next ? Norway will be switching off FM radio as of 2017 as part of its transition to digital airwaves, DAB. Norway will save $25 million without the FM spectrum making it possible to add 20 or more "national" stations to its digital offerings. Other Scandinavian countries as well as the UK are planning to abandon FM by 2022. For the consumer it means having to buy a new DAB radio which will no doubt soon be given free by Dear Leader along with your phone, toaster and...
  • Get Ready for $11 Billion in 'Net Neutrality' Taxes

    04/10/2015 5:48:43 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 103 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/09/2015 | Staff
    romises: Not long after FCC chairman Tom Wheeler swore that the FCC takeover of the Internet wouldn't result in new taxes or fees, it appears likely that new taxes will show up on Internet bills in the near future.
  • FCC's net neutrality rules open door to new fee on Internet service

    04/09/2015 2:27:56 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 46 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | April 9,2015 | JIM PUZZANGHERA
    Recently adopted net neutrality regulations soon could make your monthly Internet bill more complicated — and potentially more expensive. Every month, consumers pay a small fee on their phone bills for a federal program that uses the money — a total of $8.8 billion raised nationwide last year — to provide affordable access to telecommunications services in rural areas, underserved inner cities and schools. Now the fee could start appearing on broadband bills too, in a major expansion of the nearly two-decade-old Universal Service Fund program. It's not clear yet, however, if most consumers would end up paying more in...
  • FCC Ponders Protecting CPNI in ISP-as-Telecom World

    04/05/2015 6:44:03 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    Multichannel News ^ | 04/05/2015 | John Eggerton
    Could Mean New 'Harmonized' Approach to Telcos, ISPs The Federal Communications Commission said Monday (March 30) it will huddle with broadband stakeholders next month to try to figure out the best way to protect broadband Internet service provider customers' online privacy now that the agency is applying Title II-based Sec. 222 consumer protections to broadband service. The FCC's Wireline Competition and Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau has scheduled an April 28 workshop to help determine the Sec. 222 duty on telecommunications carriers, which ISPs are now considered per the Feb. 26 title II order, to impose "on every telecommunications carrier...
  • Rep. Gohmert Absolutely Unloads on FCC Chief: ‘You’re Playing God With the Internet!’

    03/26/2015 10:23:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/26/15 | Oliver Darcy
    Rep. Louie Gohmert unloaded on Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheleer Wednesday during a Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. “You’re playing God with the Internet,” the conservative firebrand shouted at the FCC chief, referencing the agency’s move to regulate the web.
  • Cable lobby eyes opening to rewrite Web law

    03/21/2015 11:39:00 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/21/15 | Julian Hattem
    Cable and telecom industry lobbyists are launching an effort to convince lawmakers to support new legislation that replaces federal Internet regulations. 
After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its new regulations to treat the Web like a public utility, major companies are now sensing an opening to escape what they consider crushing net neutrality regulations. “The 400-page order really is starting, to us, a process on the hill,” said one telecommunications industry lobbyist who was granted anonymity in order to speak freely about the plans. “Our focus and our priority [is] to makes sure everyone understands what the FCC did,...