FCC Chairman to unveil strategy to Reverse Net Neutrality

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    An interesting observation on how poor architecture is causing submissions to hang and not complete - which make it look like the result of DDOS...

    21:32 - FCC says it was victim of cyberattack after John Oliver show
    23:16 - Anti-net neutrality spammers are flooding FCC's pages with fake comments

    Level1 News May 16 2017: Neutral Nets Catch Spam, Not Fish
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    FCC takes first vote to reverse 2015 Net Neutrality Rule
    MAY 18, 2017

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?428533-1/fcc-take-first-vote-reverse-2015-net-neutrality-rule

    "Net Neutrality The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) meets to vote on moving ahead with the process to reverse a net neutrality rule put in place in 2015. Commissioners are also expected to vote on loosening media ownership regulations."

    THIS PROGRAM HAS NOT YET AIRED
    Airing LIVE Thursday, May 18 10:30am EDT on C-SPAN.org

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    The Republican push to repeal net neutrality is likely to get underway this week
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...ng-underway-this-week/?utm_term=.3c4925491f0d
     
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    FCC to vote on net neutrality policies
    Published on May 18, 2017
    A vote by the Federal Communications Commission may roll back policies for net neutrality -- the principle that all web content is equally provided to the public by internet service providers. CBS News' Errol Barnett explains on CBSN.


    FCC commissioner: ‘Net neutrality is doomed if we’re silent’

    Posted 22 hours ago by Lucas Matney (@lucas_matney)
    https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/16/fcc-commissioner-net-neutrality-is-doomed-if-were-silent/
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    Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn urged the public to continue voicing their support for a free and open internet.

    “Net neutrality is doomed if we’re silent,” she said.
     
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    FCC votes to start net neutrality rollback
    Published on May 18, 2017
    A preliminary vote passed in favor of killing off the existing regulations.


    The FCC moved to undo net neutrality. So what's next?
    Published on May 18, 2017
    The Federal Communications Commission voted May 18 to begin undoing Obama-era Internet regulations that disallowed Internet providers from favoring or blocking websites. Here's what's next for the commission and your Internet.


    Ajit Pai Read 'Mean Tweets' About Himself Instead of Net Neutrality
    Published on May 18, 2017
    ...and it's pure, uncut garbage. Why would Trump's FCC head choose to read "hilarious" tweets instead of directly respond to real complaints about Net Neutrality? And also, did he think he was being funny? Kim Horcher and John Rocha (Host -Outlaw Nation, The CineFiles, Super Animation Gametime) break it down!

    "FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is attempting to win over the YouTube audience with a Mean Tweets video.

    The FCC has been enjoying a lot of attention in the past week, after John Oliver called attention to the net neutrality debate. Amidst the ensuing kerfuffle, Pai shot a video for the Independent Journal Review in which he read tweets aimed at him and gave (or attempted to give) humorous commentary. The FCC tweeted it out today."


    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reading Mean Tweets is just as cringeworthy as it sounds
    https://thenextweb.com/insider/2017...weets-just-cringeworthy-sounds/#.tnw_tsfgdmu0
     
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    Posting this in here as well, not mine, just posting it to explain what is happening in 2 words

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    It took 7 days for C-SPAN to notify / alert me to the upload of the FCC vote on Net Neutrality...it's a long video 3:23:00 and has lots of other items on the agenda.

    MAY 18, 2017

    Net Neutrality The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) met to vote on moving ahead with the process of reversing “net neutrality” rules that require internet providers to allow content providers equal access to networks. Commissioners will vote on repealing the regulations that reclassified broadband service as a utility, or Title II service, thus making providers subject to stricter regulation.

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?428533-1/fcc-takes-first-vote-reversal-2015-net-neutrality-rule

    The FCC lumped it in with a long list of other subjects in their agenda. I don't see this video on the youtube C-SPAN channel yet.

    2.6 million comments in, the FCC has changed almost nothing about its net neutrality proposal
    by Jacob Kastrenakes May 24, 2017, 9:00am EDT
    https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/24/15682240/fcc-net-neutrality-proposal-sees-few-changes
     
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    GOP Busted Using Cable Lobbyist Net Neutrality Talking Points
    by Karl Bode Thursday May 25 2017
    https://www.dslreports.com/shownews...Lobbyist-Net-Neutrality-Talking-Points-139647

    "The GOP has been caught using talking points provided by the cable industry in their ongoing assault against net neutrality. Last week, as the FCC majority was voting to begin dismantling popular net neutrality protections, House Republican lawmakers received an email from GOP leadership on how to defend the decision. That e-mail included a "toolkit" (pdf) of misleading or outright false talking points that, among other things, attempt to portray net neutrality as "anti-consumer."
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    "All major internet providers strongly support a free and open internet," the packet falsely claims at one point. "Market and finance experts unanimously predict a massive drop off in investment under utility regulation," it incorrectly states in another section. "In practice, these regulations have proven to be anti-consumer," the authors bizarrely conclude.

    The packet then comically cites a rotating crop of telecom-funded think tank studies and telecom-written op-eds as supporting evidence for these repeatedly-debunked positions.

    "Want more information on the net neutrality discussion?" asked Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chair of the House Republican Conference in the e-mail pushing the talking points. "Here is a nifty toolkit with news resources, myth vs reality information, what others are saying, and free market comments."

    Rodgers failed to mention that the "nifty" package of pre-formulated ideas came directly from the cable industry."

    GOP Member Toolkit FCC Open Internet Order 5-2017
    https://www.documentcloud.org/docum...r-Toolkit-FCC-Open-Internet-Order-5-2017.html

    "According to analysis of packet metadata by the Intercept, the package was put together by Kerry Landon, the assistant director of industry grassroots at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association -- the cable industry's biggest lobbying and policy organization. The package was also circulated by Broadband for America, a lobbying coalition funded by most of the biggest broadband providers.

    While everybody knows (or should know) that this is how pay-to-play government works, it doesn't make the episode any less grotesque. For its part, the NCTA was quick to insist in a statement that politicians parroting pre-scripted talking points while they ignore the desires of consumer constituents is just how this stuff works.

    "NCTA is one of hundreds of organizations engaged in public policy on communications, technology and media and it is common practice to provide policymakers with information and background on key issues," said Joy Sims, a spokesperson for NCTA. "We are always happy to provide briefings, materials and other information to the media, policymakers and others.""
     
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    The FCC has asked for public comment on new rules about net neutrality.
    Use this form to submit a comment to the FCC. Learn more about the FCC rulemaking process.

    Dear FCC,
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    Save Net Neutrality

    A new proposal would destroy the FCC’s net neutrality guidelines, leaving the door open to ISPs creating “Internet fast lanes” that prioritize certain websites over others.

    Millions of people spoke out in 2014 to demand bright-line rules to ensure ISPs didn’t violate net neutrality. Now that victory is in jeopardy.

    But you can save it. The FCC is accepting comments on this proposal. Use the form below to submit comments to the FCC.

    Tips for writings comments:
    • Make it personal! Explain who you are and why you are concerned about losing net neutrality.
    • Make it unique! You’ll have a chance to edit the comments before they are submitted and you should try to make the comment in your own voice.
    Note: all comments will be part of the online, searchable public record.

    Start your letter to the FCC: (link to form)
    https://dearfcc.org/


    A bad broadband market begs for net neutrality protections
    BY KATE TUMMARELLO MAY 26, 2017
    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/05/bad-broadband-market-begs-net-neutrality-protections

    "Anyone who has spent hours on the phone with their cable company can tell you that in the broadband market, the customer is not always right.

    When it comes to Internet access wired into your home, the major ISPs like Comcast, Charter, and Verizon don’t have to play nice because they know that most customers aren’t able to switch to another provider.

    Thanks to policies at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as some careful planning by the major ISPs, there is no meaningful competition in the broadband market in most parts of the country. Instead, consumers are stuck with government-backed monopolistic ISPs that can get away with anti-consumer business practices.

    Luckily, the FCC has laid down some basic net neutrality protections to keep ISPs from completely controlling what you can do online. The basic idea behind those protections is that your ISP shouldn’t be able to block or slow your access to certain websites or online services. Under the bright-line rules passed by the FCC in 2015, ISPs can’t provide faster or slower access to certain websites and services based on whether those sites and services are willing to pay."...article has more...

    A Bad Broadband Market Begs for Net Neutrality Protections
    https://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/6dnvzq/a_bad_broadband_market_begs_for_net_neutrality/
     
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    JULY 12TH: INTERNET-WIDE DAY OF ACTION TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY
    The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them.
    https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12/


    Amazon, Kickstarter, Reddit, YC join ‘save net neutrality’ protest planned for July 12
    https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/07/a...e-net-neutrality-protest-planned-for-july-12/

    "A day of protest over the FCC’s controversial proposal to eliminate net neutrality rules has been planned for July 12, with supporters of the online action including the likes of Amazon, Etsy, Github, Kickstarter, Reddit and Y Combinator.

    The protest website lists more than 60 participants who are planning to join in the day of action next month, and is soliciting more signs up.

    The action is being organized by three online rights organizations, Fight for the Future,freepress and Demand Progress — some of which were also involved in the 2012 online protests against the SOPA and PIPA bills. Those protests, five years ago, saw more than 50,000 websites blackout their homepages — and led to a rethink in Congress.

    Evidently the hope is for a repeat performance that can head off the 2017 net neutrality threat.

    “The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them,” they write on the protest website.

    “We’ll provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your followers / visitors to take action. From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we’ve shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!”


    As we reported in May, the FCC’s proposed rule — due to be voted on later this summer — would remove the classification of broadband as a telecommunications service governed by Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which gives the FCC broad powers to regulate internet service providers.

    Meaning that ISPs and cable providers would — at least in theory — be free to throttle, block or censor online services, or apply extra fees for accessing certain content. They would certainly gain greater potential power over online content.

    Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator — one of the backers of the protest — has said his reasons for joining the action are the risk of cable and wireless companies having “outsized power to pick winners and losers in the market”.

    For a deeper dive into the FCC’s proposals check out our earlier post."
     
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    FCC has no documentation of DDoS attack that hit net neutrality comments
    Records request denied because FCC made no "written documentation" of attack.
    https://arstechnica.com/information...ddos-attack-that-hit-net-neutrality-comments/

    "The US Federal Communications Commission says it has no written analysis of DDoS attacks that hit the commission's net neutrality comment system in May.

    In its response to a Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request filed by Gizmodo, the FCC said its analysis of DDoS attacks "stemmed from real time observation and feedback by Commission IT staff and did not result in written documentation." Gizmodo had asked for a copy of any records related to the FCC analysis that concluded DDoS attacks had taken place. Because there was no "written documentation," the FCC provided no documents in response to this portion of the Gizmodo FoIA request.

    The FCC also declined to release 209 pages of records, citing several exemptions to the FoIA law. For example, publication of documents related to "staffing decisions made by Commission supervisors, draft talking points, staff summaries of congressional letters, and policy suggestions from staff" could "harm the Commission’s deliberative processes," the FCC said. "Release of this information would chill deliberations within the Commission and impede the candid exchange of ideas."

    The FCC also declined to release internal "discussion of the Commission’s IT infrastructure and countermeasures," because "It is reasonably foreseeable that this information, if released, would allow adversaries to circumvent the FCC’s protection measures."

    The FCC did release 16 pages of records, "though none of them shed any light on the events that led to the FCC’s website crashing on May 8," Gizmodo wrote yesterday. "The few e-mails by FCC staff that were actually released to Gizmodo are entirely redacted."

    ...lots of dot dot dot to read :)

    "UPDATE: The FCC released a statement this afternoon claiming that it is "categorically false" to suggest that "the FCC lacks written documentation of its analysis of the May 7-8 non-traditional DDoS attack that took place against our electronic comment filing system." The FCC statement said there is publicly available written analysis in the form of a letter to Congress (which we quoted and linked to in the next section of this article).

    The FCC statement also said it has "voluminous documentation of this attack in the form of logs collected by our commercial cloud partners," which has not been released publicly.

    But again, the FCC refused to provide its internal analysis of the attack, which is what Gizmodo requested. The FCC's new statement says that "Gizmodo requested records related to the FCC analysis cited in [CIO] David Bray’s May 8 public statement about this attack. Given that the Commission’s IT professionals were in the midst of addressing the attack on May 8, that analysis was not reduced to writing. However, subsequent analysis, once the incident had concluded, was put in writing."

    We asked the FCC to provide this "subsequent analysis," and haven't heard back yet..."

    Lots of interesting wriggling by the FCC to get out of providing anything to backup their claims...
     
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