Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $20,240
23%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 23% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: neutrality

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • FCC net neutrality vote LIVE: Federal Communications Commission votes on repealing rules

    12/14/2017 9:52:11 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 27 replies
    The FCC will vote today to repeal the rules that require internet service providers to treat all data on the Internet the same. (right as of this posting they are taking a break and will be back)
  • Objection voiced as Ireland signs up to EU defense pact

    12/12/2017 5:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Irish Central ^ | December 12, 2017 02:39 PM | Even Short
    The Irish government has been accused of selling out Irish neutrality. It comes as the European Council has adopted the decision to establish a European Union defense pact, known as PESCO. Portugal and Ireland are the latest countries to join the pact. However, Sinn Féin Member of the European Parliament, Matt Carthy, said there has been “zero public debate” on the issue. “Among the most ludicrous argument proponents asserted was that we needed to sell off Irish neutrality in order to show support for the EU and its values,” Carthy said. “Since when did increasing national defense budgets, creating new...
  • Net Neutrality Advocates Are Modern-Day Snake Oil Salesmen

    11/28/2017 5:46:05 AM PST · by FreedomNotSafety · 59 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/28/2017 | Editor
    Regulations: When FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to repeal the Obama administration's heavy-handed "net neutrality" regulations, critics acted as if the world were coming to an end. Actual consumers, however, aren't likely to notice any difference, because the "problem" those rules were supposed to solve has always been wildly exaggerated.
  • Net Neutrality Explained: What It Means (and Why It Matters)

    11/25/2017 6:25:22 AM PST · by tired&retired · 117 replies
    Fortune ^ | November 23, 2017
    Everyone agrees that the Internet should be free and open. How it’s achieved? Well, that’s the issue After signaling that it would for months, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday revealed its plan to dismantle regulations that ensure equal access to the Internet, a concept known as “net neutrality.” The regulations classify broadband access as a telecommunications service, which subjects it to “common carrier” provisions that bar Internet service providers from discriminating against how broadband is used. The regulations were passed in February 2015 by the FCC, then led by chairman Tom Wheeler. Wheeler’s successor Ajit Pai, a vocal...
  • Seriously seeking help from knowledgeable FReepers (vanity)

    05/14/2017 6:46:38 AM PDT · by Baynative · 33 replies
    Can anyone explain Net Neutrality for me? I have been reading different commentaries and it seems like the regulations put in place by Obama were preserving the freedom of usage and access. But, I naturally don't trust him or the way it is all being presented.
  • Trump Plans to Sign Repeal of Obama-Era Broadband Rules on Internet Privacy

    04/03/2017 11:51:10 AM PDT · by johnk · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1 Apr 2017 | SEAN MORAN
    Breitbart News spoke with Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, about his organization’s opposition to the FCC’s broadband privacy rule. Kerpen told Breitbart News that the criticism against removing this regulation is unwarranted. “This is a deliberate disinformation campaign from the usual suspects from the tech-left and the media, and they’re completely misrepresenting the issue, and the conservatives are falling for the fake news narrative,” he told Breitbart News. “Up until 2015, the FTC protected consumer privacy, and then the FCC Net Neutrality order eviscerated the consumer protections at the FTC by pre-empting FTC’s jurisdiction. The FCC then came around...
  • Scalia Dismisses Concept of Religious Neutrality in Speech

    01/02/2016 12:56:42 PM PST · by Isara · 21 replies
    AP via Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 02 Jan 2016
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the idea of religious neutrality is not grounded in the country's constitutional traditions and that God has been good to the U.S. exactly because Americans honor him.Scalia was speaking Saturday at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie,.....Scalia, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, has consistently been one of the court's more conservative members.He told the audience at the Catholic school that there is "no place" in the country's constitutional traditions for the idea that the state must be neutral between religion and its absence.He also said there is "nothing wrong" with...
  • Swiss Army Chief Warns Of Social Unrest, Calls Upon Citizens To Arm Themselves

    12/30/2015 8:51:15 AM PST · by amorphous · 91 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Swiss army chief Andre Blattmann warned, in a Swiss newspaper article on Sunday, the risks of social unrest in Europe are soaring. Recalling the experience of 1939/1945, Blattman fears the increasing aggression in public discourse is an explosively hazardous situation, and advises the Swiss people to arm themselves and warns that the basis for Swiss prosperity is "being called into question."
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Anyone else experiencing slower Internet / bandwidth?

    03/14/2015 8:00:09 PM PDT · by jsanders2001 · 75 replies
    I have noticed a significantly slower Internet bandwidth speed lately. I'm decently savvy with computer. I have cleared the cache, checked for browset helper objects, viruses, trojans, reset the modem and router and have connected directly from the modem to the computer; still have a slow connection. Even disconnected other computers and access points on the network. I called my ISP and they say they haven't had any outages. So my question - is anyone experiencing this?
  • Taiwanese Cartoon Captures Ridiculousness of Net Neutrality

    03/01/2015 12:26:22 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 24 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2/28/15 | Amy Miller
    This week, the FCC voted 3-2 in favor of implementing net neutrality policies. These rules will prevent internet service providers like Verizon or Comcast from blocking or throttling traffic, ban giving priority to providers who are willing to pay for faster service, and reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. This means that internet service will now be regulated under stricter, utility-based laws the government currently uses to control wired telephone and other similar services. The pro-NN moves made by the FCC have come under attack from both activists, and members of Congress. A recent poll shows that only 1 in...
  • Republicans strike back: FCC member invokes Star Wars in net neutrality fight

    02/27/2015 1:29:35 PM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 02-27-2015 | Staff
    Republicans invoked Star Wars’s evil galactic emperor in their attacks on new broadband regulations on Friday, warning that the public and Silicon Valley were in for an unpleasant surprise. Quoting Emperor Palpatine, Republican Ajit Pai, a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said: “Young fool … Only now, at the end, do you understand.” Meme wars between the two sides of the debate continued through the day, as internet advocates Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and Free Press flew an airplane towing a 2,000 square foot banner over the towering corporate headquarters of the cable giant Comcast, in...
  • Bishops Praise Net Neutrality Ruling (Surprise .... Not!)

    02/27/2015 6:41:11 AM PST · by NYer · 66 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    WASHINGTON – For years, top Catholic bishops have argued for stronger federal oversight of the Internet superhighway. The alternative is intolerable, they said; big cable companies will force noncommercial religious speakers to pay more or assign them to slower lanes. On Thursday, the bishops saw their dream move one step closer to reality after the Federal Communications Commission voted for strict network neutrality or “open Internet” rules. Bishop John C. Wester, chairman of the communications committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), endorsed the FCC’s approval in a statement.  “From the inception of the Internet until the...
  • Eleventh-hour drama for net neutrality rules

    02/24/2015 5:52:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    the hill ^ | 02/24/15 | Julian Hattem
    A Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission wants to see changes that could narrow the scope of new net neutrality rules set for a vote on Thursday. Mignon Clyburn, one of three Democrats on the FCC, has asked Chairman Tom Wheeler to roll back some of his provisions before the full commission votes on them, FCC officials said. The request — which Wheeler has yet to respond to — puts the chairman in the awkward position of having to either roll back his proposals, or defend the tough rules and convince Clyburn to back down. It’s an ironic spot for...
  • Obama´s regs will make Internet slow as in Europe, warn FCC, FEC commissioners

    02/23/2015 7:44:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/23/15 | Paul Bedard
    As the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Election Commission toy with regulating aspects of the Internet, critics on those agencies are warning that speed and freedom of speech are in jeopardy. In a joint column, Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai and Federal Election Commission member Lee Goodman, leveled the boom on the Obama-favored regulations, essentially charging that it will muck up the freedom the nation has come to expect from the Internet. In one key passage of the column published in Politico, the duo wrote Monday that heavy-handed FCC regulations like those imposed in Europe will significantly slow down
  • FCC Commissioner: ‘If You Like Your Wireless Plan, You Should Be Able to Keep It’

    02/19/2015 5:40:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/19/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is out with a new message to fight net neutrality: “If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it.” Borrowing the phrase from President Obama, the Republican commissioner penned an op-ed with Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Joshua Wright, raising concerns with Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the Internet. While the president insists his plan is for a “free and open Internet,” Pai and Wright said net neutrality is anything but. “If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it. But new federal regulations may take away your freedom...
  • GOP makes U-turn on net neutrality

    01/16/2015 6:14:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | January 16, 2015 | Kate Tummarelllo
    Republicans in Congress are doing a 180 on net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to issue new rules within weeks. For years, GOP lawmakers have adamantly opposed any rules requiring Internet service providers to treat all Web traffic equally, calling them unnecessary and an example of Washington overreach. But now that the FCC is moving toward issuing a tough net neutrality order that would subject broadband to utility-style regulation — an approach endorsed by President Barack Obama — top Republicans in both chambers are making plans to legislate their own rules to ensure the agency doesn’t go too...
  • 2015: The Year of Neutrality

    01/01/2015 8:18:00 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 5 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/1/2015 | Steve Berman
    As a New Year’s resolution, I thought I would look at making 2015 the Year of Neutrality.  The idea of Net Neutrality is so absurd that it I thought we might apply it to everything.  Here’s just a few I came up with. Airline Seat Neutrality.  Oh, you bought a business class seat?  Great!  You paid the airline to fund that seat and we’re very proud of you, but there’s a rule saying that the airline has to give the seat to whomever the government tells them.  You get to sit in coach while some schmo is sitting in the...