Net Neutrality FCC Vote Today December 14, 2017

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    Cult-site rabble-rousing aside, I'm all for spending our time and efforts to honestly and peacefully effect change. :cool:

    FCC chair says his family is still being threatened over net neutrality repeal
    BY BRETT SAMUELS - 06/11/18 07:47 PM EDT
    http://thehill.com/policy/technolog...-journal-his-family-requires-24-hour-security

    Ajit Pai’s FCC lied about “DDoS” attack, ex-chair’s statement indicates
    Wheeler: There was no "coverup" of 2014 DDoS attack, because there was no DDoS.
    Jon Brodkin - 6/8/2018, 8:35 AM
    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...ut-ddos-attack-ex-chairs-statement-indicates/

    FCC accused of “spreading lies” about DDoS hitting comment system
    A year later, FCC hasn't proven that DDoS disrupted net neutrality comments.
    Jon Brodkin - 6/6/2018, 11:07 AM
    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...ading-lies-about-ddos-hitting-comment-system/
     
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    Senators Press Ajit Pai on DDOS Attack His Agency Made Up
    by Karl Bode
    Wednesday Jun 13 2018 08:10 EDT
    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Senators-Press-Ajit-Pai-on-DDOS-Attack-His-Agency-Made-Up-141999

    "Last week e-mails obtained by Freedom of Information Attack revealed that Ajit Pai's FCC completely made up two different DDOS attacks in an attempt to downplay public opposition to the agency's net neutrality repeal.

    The fake DDOS attacks stemmed from periods when the FCC's website failed both times HBO Comedian John Oliver discussed net neutrality on his popular show (here's the first and second bits). Whereas the FCC website failed due to the volume of angry users trying to contact the FCC, the agency tried to claim these floods of outraged consumers were actually malicious attacks.

    The problem is they provided no evidence for those claims, and the evidence that does exist strongly indicates they made the DDOS attacks up to try and downplay massive public opposition to their large-ISP friendly policies.

    The FCC is already facing a GAO investigation into the DDOS attacks that weren't. Smelling a little political blood in the water, Senators Brian Schatz and Ron Wyden are also now pressuring the FCC for more information on what occurred:

    quote:In a letter shared with Gizmodo, Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) tell the FCC that they would like to see evidence of either cyberattack beyond “initial internal analyses,” such as subsequent government or third-party security firm investigations. They also ask the FCC to clarify on what grounds they determined the comment system downtime on either date was best classified as a cyberattack, as well as ask Pai whether he is cooperating in full with the Government Accountability Office (GOA) investigation to determine exactly what happened.The bogus DDOS attacks, as well as the FCC's failure to do anything about the identity theft and bogus comments during the public comment period of the repeal, are likely to both be subjects of interest during the looming court battles over net neutrality. They're also ongoing evidence that the Trump FCC is more than a little eager to try and stifle public, Democratic opposition to what by any measure are extremely unpopular, corporate-friendly policies."
     
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    ATT works to throw wrench in CA Net Neutrality bill - which ended up being canceled after being gutted at the last minute.

    This guy does a good job of (if not a little emotional) describing the situation. It is so disappointing that wrench tosser injected himself into the reboot of the bill as well. The $ war against Net Neutrality continues state by state...

    Californian Dem Who Killed Net Neutrality Plays Victim Amid Backlash
    The Humanist Report
     
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    NET NEUTRALITY IS GONE & THROTTLING IS HERE 2 STAY
    Joker Productions
    Published on Jul 3, 2018
    Comcast is now THROTTLING video playback for Xfinity Mobile users to 480p and requiring customers to pay extra for 720p. This is what happens when you REPEAL NET NEUTRALITY!
    Sources: http://bit.ly/NEWS07032018

    Comcast starts throttling mobile video, will charge extra for HD streams
    Comcast, which resells Verizon Wireless service, limits video and hotspot speed.
    JON BRODKIN - JUL 2, 2018 3:58 PM UTC
    https://arstechnica.com/information...obile-video-will-charge-extra-for-hd-streams/

    Surprise, surprise: Comcast is already throttling users
    Christina Bonnington— 2018-07-02 03:02 pm | Last updated 2018-07-02 03:27 pm
    https://www.dailydot.com/debug/comcast-throttling-internet-speeds/

    Surprise, surprise: Comcast is already throttling users.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/netneutral...prise_surprise_comcast_is_already_throttling/
     
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    Unpacked: Repeal of Open Internet Rule enables monopoly networks
    Brookings Creative Lab
    Published on Jul 3, 2018
    Tom Wheeler, Brookings visiting fellow and former chairman of the FCC, explains how the repeal of the Open Internet Rule will enable monopoly networks. Wheeler notes that internet providers will be able to discriminate access to networks in subtle ways and points to AT&T’s recent acquisition of Time Warner as important because it combines a major provider of wired and wireless internet service and gives them the opportunity to discriminate against competitors to favor their own content.
     
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    If you use more data, you should have to pay more. I fail to see the problem here. Also, this is not a policy unique to Comcast:

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/2/17526230/comcast-xfinity-mobile-480p-video-slower-mobile-hotspot

     
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    California lawmakers restore tougher net neutrality provisions
    A committee removed the loopholes that it added to the original bill
    By Mark Huffman

    07/06/2018 | ConsumerAffairs
    https://www.consumeraffairs.com/new...tougher-net-neutrality-provisions-070618.html

    "California's tough net neutrality bill, stripped of much of its enforcement powers by a legislative committee, is tough once again.

    The bill's author, State Senator Scott Weiner, says the General Assembly's Communications Committee has restored most of the original provisions, which were written to mirror the national policy put in place under the Obama Administration.

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under President Trump, began the process of repealing the national policy last December.

    “After Donald Trump’s FCC obliterated net neutrality, we stepped in to protect California residents and businesses and to ensure an open internet,” Wiener said. “For months, we have worked with a broad coalition to pass strong and enforceable net neutrality protections. As internet service providers and media companies like AT&T and Time Warner consolidate, net neutrality is more important than ever."

    Committee gutted the bill
    Net neutrality supporters were outraged two weeks ago when the chairman of a key legislative committee amended the bill. At the time, Weiner said the watered down measure allowed for massive loopholes sought by major telecommunications companies.

    For example, the amended bill would have allowed internet service providers (ISP) to charge websites a fee for consumers to access it. The amended bill also allowed ISPs to classify some content as "privileged," meaning it would not count against a consumer's allotted data, while other content would.

    Critics were also unhappy that the amended bill would allow ISPs to throttle entire classes of applications. For example, providers could slow all online gaming or all online voice calls.

    It prompted Weiner to call the amended version a "fake net neutrality bill." But after working with the chairman of the committee and other key lawmakers, Weiner says everyone has agreed to a version that closely resembles the original bill and reflects the FCC policy under the Obama administration.

    States that pass strict net neutrality rules could pose a problem for ISPs and large telecom companies, which will have to abide by different sets of rules in different states.

    What the bill does
    Weiner said the revised net neutrality bill will prohibit the blocking of websites, the speeding up or slowing down of websites or whole classes of applications such as video, and the practice of charging websites for access to an ISP’s subscribers or for fast lanes to those subscribers.

    The bill also bars ISPs from circumventing these protections at the point where data enters their networks, and from charging access fees to reach ISP customers.

    It would also prevent companies like AT&T, which is both an ISP and a content provider, from not counting the content and websites they own against subscribers’ data caps.

    Weiner said he is confident the revised package of net neutrality measures has the votes needed for passage.

    The California legislature has until August 31 to vote on it."
     
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    They aren't being charged for more data usage - they already have a large data cap or unlimited data.

    They are being denied the ability to use their data allocation as they choose.

    They are being denied from using HD video services - services they were already using, and now their video service has been degraded to lower resolution.

    A new tier or "Internet Fastlane" has been created - with higher charges for higher resolution video - it was created to force people to pay more for what they were already paying to receive.

    Paying for more data is one thing, telling users what services they can use that data to access is the activity that Net Neutrality was enacted to protect consumers against.

    The Merged ISP's + Media content providers can now do this to people because Net Neutrality protections were removed by the US Federal Government.

    See the other post I made today where California is restoring the Net Neutrality consumer protections for their state residents.

    If enough state governments put together a united front against such consumer abuses by enacting their own Net Neutrality consumer protections, the repeal of Net Neutrality by the federal government won't matter.

    Maybe the next US Administration or the Senate / House in this Administration will respond by restoring Federal Net Neutrality Protections before any more state governments take further control of Internet policy away from the Federal Government.

    It may already be too late for the Federal Government to regain control, the FCC shouldn't have abandoned their policy control and consumer protections for the Internet.

    Now it's open territory for states to set and control their own Internet policies and consumer protections.
     
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    India now has the 'world's strongest' net neutrality rules
    by Rishi Iyengar @Iyengarish
    July 12, 2018: 12:10 PM ET
    https://money.cnn.com/2018/07/12/technology/india-net-neutrality-rules-telecom/index.html

    "India has just adopted tough new rules guaranteeing an open and fair internet for nearly half a billion people.

    The government has taken an "unambiguous stand" on the issue by endorsing net neutrality rules proposed last November, India's telecom regulator said on Thursday.

    Net neutrality rules require internet providers to treat all online content the same, preventing them from favoring — or withholding — access to certain websites, services or apps.

    The principle is under attack in America, where the Trump administration repealed federal laws last month, but has been staunchly defended in India in the face of attempts by global tech companies such as Facebook (FB) to offer stripped-down internet access.

    Over 800 million Indians — or two thirds of the country's population — still don't have access to the internet, but that is changing fast thanks to a smartphone boom and cheaper mobile data. It's a huge potential market that companies are racing to tap, and Indian activists believe net neutrality is vital to ensure that hundreds of millions of Indians aren't exploited in the process.

    The government seems to agree.
    "Internet access services should be governed by a principle that restricts any form of discrimination or interference in the treatment of content," the new Indian regulations state. That includes "practices like blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content."

    Internet service providers who break the rules could lose their licenses to operate in India.

    With Telecom Commission's endorsement of TRAI's recommendations on #NetNeutrality, India takes an unambiguous stand on this issue.
    — TRAI (@Trai) July 12, 2018

    The rules grant exceptions to some services, including internet calling and online television provided by telecom companies. It also allows these providers to ignore net neutrality in case of emergencies, security threats or to manage high traffic across the network.

    'Strongest' rules in the world
    But proponents of net neutrality hailed the Indian government's decision as a major step, particularly given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to roll back similar protections in the United States.

    "This is a very strong deterrent that has been created for net neutrality violations," said Nikhil Pahwa, co-founder of India's Save the Internet campaign. "Unlike the US, where the FCC has gone back and is essentially opposing net neutrality, India has now the strongest net neutrality regulations in the world," he added.

    Pahwa was at the forefront of India's first battle to preserve net neutrality in 2015, when Facebook's plan to provide free internet to hundreds of millions of Indians came under immense public pressure. The government ultimately blocked the "Free Basics" program in early 2016, on the grounds that it violated net neutrality.

    Facebook wanted to offer a free, lighter version of the internet to people without broadband or data connections, featuring select apps including Accuweather, Wikipedia and, of course, Facebook.

    The new regulations affirm the Indian government's commitment to a free and fair internet, Pahwa added.

    "It is way better than what we were up against when we started, when we thought India would have no net neutrality at all," he said.

    CNNMoney (New Delhi)First published July 12, 2018: 12:10 PM ET"
     
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    California's Net Neutrality Bill Is Strong Again Because You Spoke Out
    BY KATHARINE TRENDACOSTA
    JULY 5, 2018
    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/...ality-bill-strong-again-because-you-spoke-out

    "After a hearing that stripped California’s gold standard net neutrality bill of much of its protections, California legislators have negotiated new amendments that restore the vast majority of those protections to the bill. The big ISPs and their money did not defeat the voices of the many, many people who want and need a free and open Internet.

    On June 20, the Communications and Conveyance Committee of the California Assembly, after having rejected proposed amendments to move Senator Scott Wiener’s S.B. 822 and Senator Kevin de León’s S.B. 460 forward as a package, also voted to gut S.B. 822's strong net neutrality protections. It was a move that resulted in a hollowed-out version of S.B. 822 that left huge loopholes for ISPs.

    Since then, there’s been an outcry from Team Internet in California, making clear how important effective, strong net neutrality protections are. Senator Wiener, Senator de León, Assembly member Rob Bonta, and Assembly member Miguel Santiago, the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance that voted on the watered-down bill, have all come to an agreement that once again makes California’s proposed legislation the strongest net neutrality bill in the country.

    The willingness of Assembly member Santiago to listen to his constituents’ opinions and realize their needs, as opposed to those of large ISPs like AT&T, is laudable. And the resulting agreement puts California net neutrality back on track.

    As was initially proposed by Senator Wiener and Senator de Leon, both net neutrality bills will now become a package.

    The ban on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization remains—paid prioritization has been a particular target of misleading ISP arguments.

    The ban on certain kinds of zero rating—the kinds that lead consumers to services that ISPs want them to use rather than giving them choices—also remains. And so does the ban on access fees, which means ISPs will not be able to get around these protections by charging fees at the places where data enters their networks.

    This is what real net neutrality looks like. And it all happened because people spoke out. You sent emails, called offices, crowdfunded a billboard—all of that was heard. People’s voices trumped company money this time.

    The fight’s not over: these bills still need to be passed by the California legislature and signed by the governor. So keep telling them to vote for S.B. 822.

    TAKE ACTION
    TELL CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY MEMBERS TO VOTE YES ON S.B. 822"
     
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