Tag Archives: Net Neutrality

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providers from slowing or blocking web traffic or demanding payment for faster speed across their networks, were rescinded by the FCC in December on a 3-2 party-line vote.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)


Democrats now attack Internet rules they once embraced

Source: The Hill

“In the Trump era, it is downright astounding how quickly the Democrats have abandoned any consideration toward having an affirmative policy agenda. The higher calling has instead been to become the party of unthinking resistance, energetically and blindly coalescing against every position of the current administration — even positions they once themselves espoused. We’ve witnessed their very public about-face on numerous issues, ranging from immigration, to states’ rights, to Russia, and on and on. The latest example of their intellectual dishonesty pertains to the manufactured pseudo-controversy over net neutrality. Despite broad bipartisan consensus on the core concerns of online censorship and throttling, and despite clear historical evidence for the right way — and the wrong way — to enforce these principles, Senate Democrats have declared a partisan holy war in which they will accept no outcome short of the de facto nationalization of our entire internet infrastructure.” (02/19/18)


Net Neutrality advocates are asking the wrong questions

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Adam De Gree

“Net neutrality advocates typically take the size of ISPs as a given and proceed to argue for their regulation as a way to limit their power. Yet no one questions how these mammoth companies came to be in the first place. As with many American industries, a handful of ISPs dominate the market, so much so that 67% of American households have two or fewer options when it comes to purchasing internet service, and nearly a third only have one option. How is it that a few corporations have gained such a high market share within 30 years of Tim Berners-Lee’s invention?” (01/31/18)


DC: Otherwise good-hearted idiot blocks traffic in support of corporate welfare

Source: Daily Dot

“To protest the repeal of net neutrality, YouTuber and film director Rob Bliss created his own fast lanes on the street in front of the FCC building in Washington, D.C. He hopped on his bike, coned off sections of the streets, and rode down it at an extremely slow pace, causing traffic jams behind him. On his back was the opportunity many fear will make its way to the internet: A way to bypass throttling and hop into a fast lane. Bliss'[s] fast lane cost $5.” [editor’s note: Bliss did some good stuff using Amazon Prime to deliver supplies to the homeless. Too bad he’s siding with the greedheads now – TLK] (01/29/18)


Burger King tries to sell “Net Neutrality” corporate welfare scam instead of burgers with new ad

Source: CNN Money

“Burger King released a new ad Wednesday that trolls the Trump administration’s decision to repeal net neutrality rules. The three-minute ad shows a ‘social experiment’ in which a Burger King store implements a Whopper ‘fast lane.’ Anyone not willing to fork over $26 was forced to wait longer for their meals. Customers who refused to pay any surcharges had to wait as long as 15 to 20 minutes. The ad, called ‘Whopper Neutrality,’ was meant to parody (with burgers) what advocates say repealing net neutrality regulations will do to the internet — allow service providers to favor some websites and apps over others.” (01/24/18)


MT: Bullock decrees that would-be state contractors must implement corporate welfare for Big Data

Source: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“Most efforts underway to restore so-called net neutrality face big obstacles and would take many months, if not years, to succeed. But in Montana, the governor has used the stroke of a pen to bring the rules to broad parts of his state. Through an executive order, Gov. Steve Bullock declared Monday that any Internet service provider with a state government contract cannot block or charge more for faster delivery of websites, two core aspects of net neutrality, to any customer in the state. Many major landline and mobile broadband providers hold government contracts in the state. The new requirements apply to new and renewed contracts signed after July 1, 2018.” [editor’s note: Hopefully, the next time the state government puts a job of this type for bid, they’ll find that there are no takers – TLK] (01/23/18)


US Senate Democrats collect co-sponsors to reinstate corporate welfare program for Big Data

Source: Tech Times

“Democrats in the U.S. have now collected co-sponsors for a measure that would invalidate the Federal Communications Commission’s vote against net neutrality. To overturn the net neutrality repeal, Senate would use the Congressional Review Act. In December, the FCC repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules which protected [the bottom lines of bandwidth hogs like Netflix and YouTube]. … Using the Congressional Review Act, lawmakers can debate, vote, and undo actions by federal agencies. For the Congressional Review Act, Democrats needed only 30 votes.” (01/10/18)


No, scrapping Net Neutrality laws won’t kill the Internet

Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“The decision by the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to remove so-called ‘net neutrality’ laws last week produced a flurry of outrage. The American media company Netflix was most vociferous, declaring on Twitter: ‘we’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity, and civic engagement.’ Such sentiment has echoed around the world. But all of this seems odd. Netflix itself has been streaming media online since 2007, and the specific President Obama-era net neutrality laws only came into force in 2015. Was the internet before 2015 really the barren, innovation-free zone painted by critics of last week’s change? Or are opponents of the FCC decision prone to hyperbole?” (12/19/17)


It’s about time! Restoring Internet freedom

Source: Heartland Institute
by Bartlett Cleland

“In a marked victory, the Federal Trade Commission, the federal privacy cop, will now return to the internet beat after being forced away for two years. Contrary to those who would intentionally stir discontent, consumers still have a blanket of protection if a service provider fails to live up to its promise. Beyond the FTC, such promises can be enforced by consumers themselves, states’ attorneys general and others. Today’s move is by any objective analysis a win for the American people, but Congress still needs to address the issue. We cannot afford to risk the future of our health, communications, entertainment, work and education to those preferring social experiments above social success.” (12/18/17)