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T-Mobile Not So Subtly Hints That It Wants To Disrupt The Cable TV Industry

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While T-Mobile isn't without its faults (like its opposition to net neutrality, or the time its CEO mocked the EFF), there's little doubt that T-Mobile has been a good thing for the wireless industry. The company has managed to dragShow More Summary

Net neutrality should be Silicon Valley's next fight

Silicon Valley is rightly focused on President Donald Trump's immigration order. But it should be gearing up for another fight that's vital to both tech companies and their customers.

Net neutrality foe John Thune starts work on legislation to weaken it

Sen. John Tune (R-SD) doesn't want to wait around for the new FCC to kill net neutrality, or perhaps it’s that his big telecom overlords don't want to wait. So he's moving forward with trying to craft legislation. “Sen. Thune is open...Show More Summary

GOP Prepares Bill to End Net Neutrality

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune is crafting legislation that will likely kill net neutrality -- under the pretense of saving it. Rolling back the net neutrality rules via the FCC process would be logistically complicated and require a new, extended public comment period. Show More Summary

New FCC Against Net Neutrality? FCC Scraps Investigations Into Offenders

The concept of “net neutrality” is coming under fire as the FCC under the Trump administration appears set against it, going so far as to scrap several investigations into potential offenders. Ajit Pai is Donald Trump’s new chairman for the Federal Communications Commission, and Pai has been an outspoken critic of net neutrality for years. Show More Summary

Comcast, AT&T Are Paying Minority Groups To Support Killing Net Neutrality

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For years, we've noted how one of the greasier lobbying tactics in telecom is the use of minority groups to provide the illusion of broad support for what's often awful policy. Such groups are given cash for a shiny new event centerShow More Summary

“Civil Rights Groups” Throw Public Under the Bus on Net Neutrality for Their Big Telco Donors

How the big telcos have bought off so-called civil rights groups, who are pushing hard to end net neutrality.

Techdirt Podcast Episode 109: The New FCC

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Net neutrality is at risk. The FCC under Ajit Pai is clearly intent on destroying it, and this is quickly turning into a fight for the future of the internet. This week, we're joined by Gigi Sohn, one of former chairman Tom Wheeler's...Show More Summary

Meet the man who'll dismantle net neutrality 'with a smile' - CNET

The well-liked Ajit Pai was a smart pick by President Trump to lead the FCC. But advocates fear his deregulatory policies will hurt consumers.

Trump Takes on Tech Industry in Early Policy Moves

Silicon Valley executives worry President Donald Trump will scale back or undo net neutrality and other Obama-era victories for internet companies.

Consumers Are Going to Love the End of Net Neutrality---at First

The Trump administration looks likely to change a foundational principle of America’s tech ecosystem. And consumers are going to love the government’s possible first steps at dismantling net neutrality, writes Christopher Mims.

New FCC chair keeping mum on strategy to restructure net neutrality

(Reuters) – The new chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission under President Donald Trump is keeping under wraps his strategy to revise or reverse the Obama administration’s “net neutrality” rules, but emphasized he is committed to ensuring an open internet. Ajit Pai, 44, a Republican lawyer who has served as a FCC commissioner since […]

Merriam-Webster Embraces 'Botnet,' 'NSFW,' and 'Net Neutrality'

If you're looking for the definition of demurrer or argle-bargle, pretty much any reputable dictionary published in the last hundred years will do. But if you're looking to find the meaning of "botnet," you might have to rely on less-established sources, even Wikipedia. While language and technology evolve quickly,......

Wyden, Other Senators Warn That Net Neutrality Repeal Will Make SOPA Backlash Look Like A Fireside Snuggle

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've repeatedly noted how for some stupid reason, net neutrality is treated as a partisan issue in Washington -- with Democrats (generally) in support, and Republicans (generally) opposing the idea. It's an absurd, myopic paradigm given the fact that net neutrality has broad, bipartisan consumer support. Show More Summary

Child exploitation, free speech and net neutrality tangle in fervent documentary 'I Am Jane Doe'

Mary Mazzio’s documentary “I Am Jane Doe” is a whirlwind primer on the case of Backpage, a classified ads website with a serious problem: the exploitation and trafficking of minors conducted in the escorting and adult section of the site. Backpage is now the center of a legal drama that has proceeded...

Trump's FCC head is doing exactly what we expected

The newly minted head of the FCC has only been in the job for a few weeks but has already begun to make changes. Ajit Pai is a vocal opponent of net neutrality, promising to "fire up the weed whacker" against his agency shortly before assuming leadership. Show More Summary

Donald Trump might end net neutrality

Donald Trump wants to build another wall. Not a physical wall to keep out illegal immigrants, like his proposed Mexican border project, but a virtual wall around the internet. And just as with Mexico, he wants the people behind the wall to pay for it.

The six terrible ways your life will change when Net Neutrality dies

We’ve been debating Net Neutrality for more than 20 years. In that time, the internet's gone through substantial changes, and maybe those old concerns about an open and equal Internet might no longer be a concern? Not even close. IfShow More Summary

FCC Puts the Brakes on 'Zero Rating'

In what may be the first casualty of net neutrality rules, the new Federal Communications Commission announced it will not investigate internet service providers who may offer "zero-rating" data plans to customers. The FCC notified AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Comcast that the investigations the Obama administration started are over.......

Open-Internet rules look dead. Now what?

Diluting net neutrality regulations looks to be a priority for the new head of the Federal Communications Commission.

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