Tag Archives: Federal Communications Commission

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)


Pai announces announces plan to reverse “Net Neutrality” scam

Source: The Verge

“The Federal Communications Commission is cracking open the net neutrality debate again with a proposal to undo the 2015 rules that implemented net neutrality with Title II classification. … [FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s] proposal will do three things: first, it’ll reclassify internet providers as Title I information services; second, it’ll prevent the FCC from adapting any net neutrality rules to practices that internet providers haven’t thought up yet; and third, it’ll open questions about what to do with several key net neutrality rules — like no blocking or throttling of apps and websites — that were implemented in 2015. Pai said the full text of his net neutrality proposal would be published tomorrow afternoon. It’ll be voted on by the FCC at a meeting on May 18th.” (04/26/17)


US FCC to launch “comprehensive review” of media regulations

Source: Reuters

“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday said the top U.S. telecommunications regulator will launch a ‘comprehensive review’ of regulations that restrict consolidation among media companies, potentially opening the door to a new wave of deals among broadcasters and newspapers. At a speech to broadcasters in Las Vegas, the FCC chief said the commission will vote on May 18 to start the review. He noted that close to 1,000 pages of media regulations are on the books. He vowed to ‘aggressively’ modernize the FCC’s rules and ‘cut unnecessary red tape and give broadcasters more flexibility.'” (04/25/17)


FCC votes to eliminate “overbuild” requirements on Charter merger

Source: Ars Technica

“The Federal Communications Commission has voted to eliminate a merger requirement that would have forced Charter Communications to expand its network into the territory of other high-speed broadband providers. The FCC’s approval of the Charter/Time Warner Cable merger last year required Charter to deploy broadband with download speeds of 60Mbps to at least two million residential and small business locations, of which at least one million would have to be in areas served by at least one other high-speed provider. The FCC’s then-Democratic leadership said that ‘overbuilding’ in areas served by only one ISP would bring lower prices and greater choice to consumers. But the FCC’s new Republican leadership has now eliminated the overbuild portion of the merger condition so that Charter can instead provide two million new connections in areas that don’t already have high-speed service.” (04/03/17)


US Senate votes to block FCC meddling in ISP/customer relations

Source: The Hill

“The Senate passed a resolution Thursday in a 50-48 party line vote that would dismantle a set of internet privacy [sic] rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year. The rules, which the FCC passed in a party-line vote in October, require internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon to obtain customers’ permission before using their personal information for advertising purposes. If passed by the House and signed by President Trump, the bill would use an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to eliminate the rules before they go into effect.” (03/23/17)


FCC clears path for carriers to block more robocalls

Source: Network World

“The FCC this morning voted 3-0 to give carriers new regulatory cover to combat annoying and oftentimes fraudulent robocalls. The decision backs an ongoing effort begun last year with the establishment of a special government/industry task force. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called today’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ‘an important first step in ending the scourge of robocalls.’ Specifically, the new rules would assure carriers that they are allowed to block calls originating from unassigned numbers and other obvious attempts at fraud such as numbers using 411 or 911 as an area code.” (03/23/17)


Why Title II Net Neutrality Defenders fear a pro-consumer Ajit Pai FCC

Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland

“Defenders of the previous FCC’s Title II Open Internet Order appear afraid to have a free and open discussion about how Title II net neutrality affects American consumers. Like a poker player’s ‘tell,’ leading Title II net neutrality defenders tellingly resort first to ad hominem attacks in challenging the financial motives of most everyone that is making the pro-consumer case for overturning the previous FCC’s Open Internet order. Why are they leading with ad hominem attacks? As most understand, ad hominem attacks are the refuge of those who know the facts are not on their side of the argument.” (02/26/17)