Tag Archives: Federal Communications Commission

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)


FCC begins repeal of Obama-era “Net Neutrality” power grab

Source: Los Angeles Times

“Federal regulators on Thursday took the first formal step toward repealing tough net neutrality rules enacted two years ago that imposed strict oversight of Internet service providers [on the pretext of ensuring] the unfettered flow of online content. … With net neutrality supporters, including Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), protesting outside the agency’s building, the Republican-controlled FCC voted 2-1 along party lines to start a formal, months-long process of dismantling the rules put in place in 2015. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the goal was ‘to return to the light-touch regulatory framework’ that had allowed the Internet to flourish.” ()5/18/17)


FCC halts public comments on Net Neutrality

Source: Boing Boing

“After hearing from so many angry Americans who wanted to preserve net neutrality rules that they had to invent a seemingly fictional ‘denial of service’ attack to explain their servers melting down, the FCC has solved the problem by telling the public to go fuck themselves. The FCC will no longer accept public comments on Net Neutrality, while it ‘reflects’ on the comments it’s received.” (05/15/17)


FCC claims it was hit by DDoS attack after John Oliver segment

Source: Gizmodo

“Last night, John Oliver told his viewers to go to the FCC via a domain they bought, gofccyourself.com, and submit comments in favor of net neutrality. It was funny. A larf. A light-hearted jape with a serious point. Even funnier: Not long after the segment aired, the FCC’s website crashed. Many believed that the Oliver segment was to blame—not an unreasonable thought, given what happened last time the British comedian covered net neutrality. But now, the FCC is claiming it was the target of multiple distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.” (05/08/17)