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https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/US-Senate-to-Vote-to-Reinstate-Internet-Neutrality-20180508-0036.html

The U.S. Senate is set to vote in the coming week on rejecting the Federal Communications Commission decision in December to repeal Obama-era rules guaranteeing an open internet.

Senate Democrats on Wednesday will officially file a petition to force a net neutrality vote and 10 hours of floor debate under the Congressional Review Act. Advocates believe the Senate will vote before the end of next week.

Proponents currently have the backing of 47 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats as well as Republican Senator Susan Collins. With the prolonged absence of Senator John McCain due to illness, proponents believe they will win on a 50-49 vote.

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Kamala HarrisVerified account @KamalaHarris 9h9 hours ago

Ending #NetNeutralityNet_Emoji_v3.png would hurt the most vulnerable among us and imperil innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in our economy.

Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on stopping this terrible mistake from becoming reality.

Tell them to do the right thing:

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Ed MarkeyVerified account @SenMarkey 10h10 hours ago

Outside of Washington, #NetNeutralityNet_Emoji_v3.png isn’t a partisan issue at all.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mobile-privacy/fcc-investigating-website-flaw-that-exposed-mobile-phone-locations-idUSKCN1IJ2F0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it was referring reports that a website flaw could have allowed the location of mobile phone customers to be tracked to its enforcement bureau to investigate.

 

A security researcher said earlier this week that data from LocationSmart, a California-based tech firm, could have been used to track AT&T Inc (T.N), Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N), Sprint Corp (S.N) and T-Mobile US (TMUS.O) mobile consumers within a few hundred yards of their location and without their consent.

Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, on Friday had urged the FCC to investigate, saying on Twitter that a “hacker could have used this site to know when you were in your house so they would know when to rob it. A predator could have tracked your child’s cell phone to know when they were alone.”

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Senator Dick DurbinVerified account @SenatorDurbin 7h7 hours ago

 
 

Just because Trump’s #NetNeutralityNet_Emoji_v3.png repeal takes effect today doesn’t mean we can give up the fight to #SaveTheInternet.

Call your representatives in the House and urge them to support passage of the resolution to #SaveTheInternet.

"June 11 is significant because it will be the first time in the over 15 year battle over net neutrality that the FCC will have essentially no role in preserving an open Internet and overseeing the broadband market," Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and a staunch supporter of net neutrality, told CNNMoney.

The concern among net neutrality advocates is that the repeal could give internet providers too much control over how online content is delivered. It may also make it harder for the next generation of online services to compete if they have to pay up to be placed in a so-called internet fast lane....

More than 20 states have filed a lawsuit to stop the net neutrality repeal. Several states, including New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and California, have gone so far as to push legislation to enforce the principles of net neutrality within their borders.

This local legislation could lead to a legal showdown, however.

 

http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/10/technology/net-neutrality/index.html

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https://www.wired.com/story/the-fccs-net-neutrality-rules-are-dead-but-the-fight-isnt/

THE FCC'S NET NEUTRALITY RULES ARE DEAD, BUT THE FIGHT ISN'T

Federal net neutrality protections are officially dead.

Today the Federal Communications Commission's rules barring internet providers from blocking or slowing content, or giving special treatment to certain content, were wiped off the books, following an FCC vote last December. But don't expect to see huge changes right away.

First, there are still some rules constraining broadband providers. Several states, including New York and Washington, have passed regulations that ban or discourage internet providers from favoring certain content based on payments from content providers. Comcast, the nation's largest broadband provider, is temporarily forbidden from violating net neutrality under the terms of the government's approval of its 2011 acquisition of NBC Universal; that restriction expires in September. Charter, the second-largest home broadband provider, is required to uphold net neutrality until 2023 under the terms of its acquisition of Time Warner Cable in 2016.

Meanwhile, most major internet providers have promisednot to block, throttle, or discriminate against legal content. But net neutrality activists don't want to take the companies at their word. They’re fighting to block the FCC's December decision in both Congress and the courts while also working to pass new state laws.

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https://www.inverse.com/article/46064-net-neutrality-maps-show-states-fighting-fcc-repeal

With net neutrality dead and gone, internet service providers now have unprecedented power to control the online experience. Of course, ISPs are happy about it, but not every state is willing to leave their citizens vulnerable to paid prioritization, watchdog surfing, blocking, and other limitations.

In December, the Republican-led FCC repealed net neutrality protections that were first set up under the Obama Administration. The repeal did away with rules that inhibited ISPs from slowing down access or prioritizing their own content, and quickly became a point of contention with consumer advocacy groups and progressive lawmakers. As responses from state and local governments become more diversified, the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) will now track legislative action.

 

Map of state actions in response to net neutrality repeal Map of state actions in response to net neutrality repeal 

The NRRI has developed two maps that track which states have passed laws, executive orders, or other resolutions in response to the repeal. NRRI is the research branch of the regulatory non-profit NARUC, a national association that represents state public service commissioners who regulate utility services. These maps not only show which regulatory approaches individual states will use to protect internet freedom but reveal which states have gone so far as to sue the FCC.

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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/06/bill-to-save-net-neutrality-is-46-votes-short-in-us-house/

Bill to save net neutrality is 46 votes short in US House

172 Democrats signed petition to force vote, but they need 218 signatures.

Congressional Democrats seeking to reinstate net neutrality rules are still 46 votes short of getting the measure through the House of Representatives.

The US Senate voted last month to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules, with all members of the Democratic caucus and three Republicans voting in favor of net neutrality.

A discharge petition needs 218 signatures to force a House vote on the same net neutrality bill, and 218 votes would also be enough to pass the measure. So far, the petition has signatures from 172 representatives, all Democrats. That number hasn't changed in two weeks.

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Common Dreams @commondreams 57m57 minutes ago

 
 

'Deeply Concerned': Worries Mount That FCC Rule Change Would Force Consumers to Pay $225 to File Complaints Against Telecoms

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Deeply Concerned': Worries Mount That FCC Rule Change Would Force Consumers to Pay $225 to File Complaints Against Telecoms

"At a time when consumers are highly dissatisfied with their communications companies, this abrupt change in policy troubles us."

 

....concern that the proposal "would eliminate the agency's traditional rule of helping consumers in the informal complaint process" by directing staff "to simply pass consumers' informal complaints on to the company."

"Historically, FCC staff has reviewed responses to informal complaints and, where merited, urged companies to address any service problems," wrote the congressmen. "We have all heard countless stories of consumers complaining to the FCC about waiting months to have an erroneous charge removed from their bill or for a refund for a service they never ordered or about accessibility services that are not working. Oftentimes these issues are corrected for consumers as a result of the FCC's advocacy on their behalf."..............

"customers will either be at the mercy of their service providers—which are hated by consumers specifically because of their terrible customer service—or pony up $225" to file a formal complaint. Although, as The Verge noted, "the fee for a formal complaint isn't new," the lawmakers believe the optional and "complicated formal legal process" soon could be the only way to get help from agency staff.

"Too often, consumers wronged by communications companies face unending corporate bureaucracy insetad of quick, meaningful resolutions," the letter concluded. "At a time when consumers are highly dissatisfied with their communications companies, this abrupt change in policy troubles us."

 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/11/deeply-concerned-worries-mount-fcc-rule-change-would-force-consumers-pay-225-file?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/07/fcc-limits-reviews-of-customer-complaints-claims-that-nothing-is-changing/

Ajit Pai finalizes vote to limit FCC reviews of customer complaints

Real change or not, the FCC won't rule on complaints unless you pay $225.

The Federal Communications Commission today voted 3-1 to stop reviewing informal consumer complaints about telecom companies. To get an FCC review of a company's bad behavior, a consumer will have to file a formal complaint—which requires a payment of $225 to the FCC.

Even if an ISP fails to respond to a customer's informal complaint, the FCC would not review the complaint until after a consumer pays $225 and goes through the formal complaint process.

While the text of the FCC's rule about informal complaints was changed, commissioners disagreed on whether this will result in a real change in commission policy. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argues that the rule change merely codifies the commission's existing practices. At Pai's urging, an FCC Enforcement Bureau staff member supported Pai's contention during today's meeting.

"Nothing is substantively changing in the way that the FCC handles informal complaints," Pai said. "We're simply codifying the practices that have been in place since 1986." The formal complaint process and $225 fee pre-date Pai's chairmanship.

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Republicans Who Oppose Net Neutrality Could Pay the Price in November, According to New Poll

 

"The new survey was conducted by Republican pollster Bryan Sanders, the spouse of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Bryan Sanders works at IMGE, a firm retained by the Super PACs of both Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The poll asked voters in battleground districts in California, Colorado, Florida, and New York about their stance on net neutrality and whether their congressperson’s position on internet freedom would affect their support. The pollsters found that “voters overwhelmingly say they support net neutrality.” Crucially, the survey also found that support for net neutrality would be a significant factor for a majority of undecided voters in making their final decision on election day....

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/06/net-neutrality-repeal-republican-districts/

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Common Dreams @commondreams 2h2 hours ago

 
 

"The Inspector General report tells us what we knew all along:

the FCC's claim that it was the victim of a DDoS attack during the net neutrality proceeding is bogus." http://ow.ly/HS0m30lj4xW 

A 'Complete Fabrication': FCC Chair Ajit Pai Finally Admits Claim of Attack on Net Neutrality Comment System Was Total BS

The agency has maintained since last summer that its comment system was targeted by multiple "distributed denial-of-service attacks" (DDoS) on May 7, 2017, just after TV host John Oliver urged his audience to comment in favor of protecting net neutrality.

Fight for the Future has accused the FCC of "invent[ing] a fake DDoS attack to cover up the fact that they lost comments from net neutrality supporters."

In his statement on Tuesday, Pai blamed the accusations of hacking on former chief information officer David Bray, who was appointed by the Obama administration and who left the agency a year ago, suggesting that Bray lied about an attack to make it seem as though an inaccurate number of people were trying to comment in favor of net neutrality.

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Common Dreams @commondreams 17h17 hours ago

 
 

'This Victory Belongs to the Internet': Big Telecoms on Verge of #NetNeutralityNet_Emoji_v3.png Defeat in California After Assembly Passes

#SB822 https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/30/victory-belongs-internet-big-telecoms-verge-net-neutrality-defeat-california 

"Net neutrality isn't dead. It's back with a vengeance." @evan_greer

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'Massive Victory for the Whole Internet' as California Passes Nation's Strongest Net Neutrality Bill

"AT&T and Comcast spent enormous amounts of money lobbying to kill SB 822. They almost succeeded more than once, but we fought back."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/31/massive-victory-whole-internet-california-passes-nations-strongest-net-neutrality?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

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https://abovethelaw.com/2018/08/comcast-is-trying-to-ban-states-from-protecting-broadband-tv-consumers/

Comcast Is Trying To Ban States From Protecting Broadband & TV Consumers

They're doubling down.

We’ve repeatedly tried to make it clear that while everybody tends to focus on the death of net neutrality itself, the Pai FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order killing net neutrality had a farbroader impact than just killing net neutrality rules. As part of the repeal, Comcast, Verizon and AT&T also convinced FCC boss Ajit Pai to effectively neuter FCC authority over ISPs entirely, making it harder for the agency to hold giant ISPs accountable on a wide variety of issues ranging from privacy to transparency (the recent fire fighter kerfuffle being a prime example).

The order also attempts to ban individual states from holding giant ISPs accountable as well, though early ISP efforts to take advantage of this legal language haven’t gone very well. In an effort to double down on weakening state oversight of natural telecom monopolies, Comcast lobbyists at the NCTA (the cable industry’s biggest lobbying and policy organization) have also started petitioning the FTC, urging it to similarly “pre-empt” (read: ban or ignore) state-level efforts to protect consumers:

“The FTC should ensure that the Internet is subject to uniform, consistent federal regulations, including by issuing guidance explicitly setting forth that inconsistent state and local requirements are preempted,” the NCTA wrote.

The FCC is already trying to preempt state net neutrality laws at the urging of industry groups, and courts might ultimately have to decide whether federal agencies can preempt such rules.

“The FTC should endorse and reinforce the FCC’s ruling by issuing guidance to state attorneys general and consumer protection authorities reaffirming that they are bound by FCC and FTC precedent in this arena,” NCTA argued.”

 

The shorter version: the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom order effectively cripples the FCC’s ability to protect consumers, then shovels any remaining enforcement authority over to the FTC, which is ill-equipped to actually police the telecom market. Predicting that states would then try to jump in and fill the oversight accountability vacuum (which is precisely what started happening on both net neutrality and privacy), ISPs have also been urging both the FCC and the FTC to ban states from doing so.

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What Is Net Neutrality?

DoJ is Suing California Over New Internet Law

"The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a lawsuit against California Sunday after the state's governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill reinstating net neutrality into law.

The Obama-era legislation was dismantled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in June, but Brown moved to re-enact the rules at a state level. At its core, net neutrality forces internet providers to treat all data equally—and not give enhanced coverage for money.

 

But Trump-appointed attorney general Jeff Sessions claimed in a statement on Sunday that the move in California was “an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy.”....

The California law banned companies from blocking lawful content and prohibited zero-rating—which is when firms offer content exemptions from a data plan, often around video streaming. Engaging in “paid prioritization”—also known as “fast lanes”—would also be outlawed. ......

https://www.newsweek.com/what-net-neutrality-doj-suing-california-over-extreme-and-illegal-internet-1145533?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter

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NBC NewsVerified account @NBCNews 3m3 minutes ago

 
 

The House passed a bill that restores the net neutrality rules put in place by the FCC under the Obama admin.

Those rules were undone by the FCC under President Trump, leaving the FTC to regulate internet providers.

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