Tag Archives: Federal Communications Commission

Usual suspects sue FCC in bid to save “Net Neutrality” corporate welfare/Internet censorship scheme

Source: Ad Age

“Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have joined the legal battle started by Mozilla and Vimeo to reverse the Federal Communications Commission repeal of net neutrality. The Obama-era prohibitions, meant to prevent broadband service providers from slowing or blocking web traffic or demanding payment for faster speed across their networks, were rescinded by the FCC in December on a 3-2 party-line vote. Over objections from Democrats, the FCC gave up most of its authority over broadband providers such as AT&T and Comcast Corp. and handed enforcement to other agencies. While the new regime, dubbed ‘Restoring Internet Freedom,’ was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, the ensuing lawsuits cast a shadow on when it will take effect.” (02/22/18)


FCC’s reversal of Net Neutrality scheme expected Thursday

Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The formal publication in the Federal Register, a government website, means state attorneys general and advocacy groups will be able to sue in a bid to block the order from taking effect. The Republican-led FCC in December voted 3-2 to overturn rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content. The White House Office of Management and Budget still must sign off on some aspects of the FCC reversal before it takes legal effect.” (02/20/18)


Will Net Neutrality zealots apologize when Internet fails to crash & burn?

Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“For years, advocates preached the net-neutrality gospel with a fervor normally reserved for end-of-the-world preachers. Now that the FCC has voted to dismantle its net-neutrality regulatory scheme, we’ll be able to see just how misguided these zealots have been. … The problem: While everyone says they are for net neutrality, nobody seems to actually know what it is, including the Obama FCC chairman who wrote the rules. When asked a couple of years ago how the FCC intended to apply its new regulatory authority, Tom Wheeler said: ‘We don’t know; we’ll have to see where things go.’ Tellingly, the first goal under net neutrality was to impose costly (and since repealed) privacy rules that had nothing to do with net neutrality. The second was to target an unlimited-video data plan provided by T-Mobile. Shorn of all the histrionics, the FCC’s net-neutrality regime was little more than a blatant power grab by the Obama administration, and one that was completely unnecessary.” (12/17/17)


FCC expected to announce plans to ax corporate welfare for Big Data (aka “Net Neutrality”) this week

Source: The Week

“The Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission is expected to announce its plans to begin dismantling of the Obama-era net neutrality rules this week, with an official rollback anticipated following a mid-December meeting, The Wall Street Journal reports. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai vowed last winter that he would take ‘a weed whacker’ to the regulations. Pai argues that the rules — which prevent internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T from tinkering with the speed of certain websites and applications — are preventing innovation in the industry.” (11/20/17)


To save corporate welfare for Big Data, Senator wants Ajit Pai out at FCC

Source: Ars Technica

“The Democratic opposition to Ajit Pai’s re-confirmation was launched today by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who accused the Federal Communications Commission chairman of abandoning the public interest. Cantwell criticized Pai’s in-progress attempt to eliminate net neutrality rules and said he has taken other actions that hurt Americans. … A Senate vote to give Pai another five-year term on the FCC is scheduled for Monday. Republicans hold the Senate majority and support Pai’s agenda of deregulating the broadband industry, so he is almost certain to be re-confirmed.” (09/27/17)


A reminder: “Net Neutrality” is also an Internet censorship Enabling Act

by Thomas L Knapp

“The main — and quite sound — argument against Net Neutrality is that it is a subsidy to Big Content at the expense of ISP customers. That is, Netflix and Amazon and Google don’t want to pay the costs of building and maintaining fatter pipes to carry their high-bandwidth content (e.g. streaming high-definition video). Rather than be the ones hiking subscription fees or advertising rates for their customers, they prefer to let the ISPs be the bad guys who have to put bandwidth limits on customers to reduce net congestion, and jack up the monthly ISP bill for the little old lady who checks her email twice a day and looks at some pictures of cats to cover the costs of building and maintaining the pipes for the binge-streamers. But there’s another big problem with the ‘Net Neutrality’ rule.”


Amazon, Netflix plan to screw their customers in part of protest to keep their “Net Neutrality” corporate welfare bennies

Source: Sky News [UK]

“Some of the world’s largest internet companies are preparing to throttle their own websites in a day of protest against the United States’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The 170 organisations involved — including Amazon, Reddit and Netflix — are preparing to choke their own services on Wednesday 12 July as a warning against FCC proposals for deregulating how internet service providers (ISPs) treat customers.” (07/11/17)


FCC hits robocaller with gang’s largestever extortion demand of $120 million

Source: USA Today

“The Federal Communications Commission has levied its largest fine ever, targeting a Florida-based robocall network it says was responsible for nearly 100 million calls over the last three months of 2016. The agency on Thursday proposed a $120 million fine against Adrian Abramovich of Miami, Fla., alleging his operation, doing business as Marketing Strategy Leaders, made 96 million spoofed robocalls during the period in which the FCC investigated. Of those calls, about 90% were made to wireless phones, with 10% to landline phones. The calls used ‘neighborhood spoofing’ technology to include local area codes and the first three numbers of the recipient’s own phone number to encourage people to answer the calls.” [editor’s note: The details make it sound like Abramovich was indeed a big-time scammer, but the story doesn’t mention restitution. Presumably the $120 million just goes to the FCC itself – TLK] (06/22/17)


Trump to nominate Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel for empty slot at FCC

Source: Ars Technica

“President Donald Trump plans to nominate Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel for another term on the Federal Communications Commission. Rosenworcel had to leave the commission at the end of last year when the Republican-led US Senate refused to reconfirm her for a second five-year term. The departure of Rosenworcel and former Chairman Tom Wheeler left the FCC with just three out of the typical five members, with Republicans holding a 2-1 majority. Republican senators didn’t want Rosenworcel to stay on the FCC at the time because it would have resulted in a 2-2 deadlock. Commissioners are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. But no party can have more than a one-vote majority, so Trump has to nominate a Democrat and a Republican to fill the empty seats.” (06/14/17)


FCC won’t publish evidence of alleged DDoS attack

Source: ZDNet

“The FCC will not publish evidence of an alleged distributed denial-of-service attack, which critics say prevented a flood of people from leaving messages on the agency’s support of net neutrality. Call for the release of the agency’s log files came after security experts and pro-net neutrality groups disputed the agency’s claims that someone attempted to ‘bombard the FCC’s comment system with a high amount of traffic’ in the hours after the John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ show, which rallied viewers to leave feedback in favor of net neutrality rules, which the FCC currently wants to roll back.” (05/21/17)