Net Neutrality FCC Vote Today December 14, 2017

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    Inside House Democrats’ Plans to Investigate the FCC and Net Neutrality
    Ajit Pai has been able to escape scrutiny as head of Trump’s FCC. That’s about to change.
    Tonya Riley December 4, 2018 6:00 AM
    https://www.motherjones.com/politic...s-investigations-net-neutrality-sinclair-att/

    “What is the FCC hiding?” Pai still won’t release net neutrality server logs

    FCC denies NYT appeal, says producing requested records is too hard.
    JON BRODKIN _- 12/3/2018, 2:59 PM
    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...f-russia-meddling-in-net-neutrality-comments/
     
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    House Democrats to Ajit Pai: ‘It’s oversight time’
    Andrew Wyrich— 2019-02-05 09:22 am
    https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/fcc-house-democrats-oversight-letter/

    "Democrats in the House of Representatives are taking aim at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its chairman Ajit Pai, telling them on Monday that it is “oversight time” while requesting answers to a number of questions.

    House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and subcommittee Chairman Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.)—Democrats who have taken the reigns of oversight of the FCC due to the party’s gains in the 2018 midterms—sent a letter to Pai on Monday requesting information and documents about the agency’s workload.

    In the letter, Pallone and Doyle said it will “resume its traditional role of oversight” over the agency, a prediction made by experts shortly after Democrats took control of the House.

    “Under your leadership, the FCC has failed repeatedly to act in the public interest and placed the interest of corporations over consumers,” the letter reads. “The FCC should be working to advance the goals of public safety, consumer protection, affordable access, and connectivity across the United States. To that end, it is incumbent upon the committee’s leadership and its members to oversee the activities of the FCC.”

    It adds:

    “Not only have you failed on numerous occasions to provide Democratic members of this committee with responses to their inquiries, you have also repeatedly denied or delayed responding to legitimate information requests from the public about agency operations. These actions have denied the public a full and fair understanding of how the FCC under your leadership has arrived at public policy decisions that impact Americans everyday in communities across the country.”

    Pallone and Doyle asked Pai to update them on:
    • The agency’s current workload.
    • The work of its bureaus and field offices.
    • Its handling of consumer complaints.
    • Its handling of Freedom of Information Act requests.
    • To provide a “list of each letter sent to the FCC from a member of Congress to which the FCC has not yet provided a response.
    The two congressmen asked that Pai respond to them by March 4. You can read their whole letter here.

    The letter comes on the heels of Doyle announcing that his Communications and Technology Subcommittee will have a hearing focused on the repeal of net neutrality later this week."
     
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    A new net neutrality bill is headed to Congress
    Sen. Ed Markey said it’s coming ‘soon’

    By Makena Kelly@kellymakena Feb 1, 2019, 1:02pm EST
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/1/18206984/net-neutrality-bill-congress-new-fcc-markey

    "Today, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said he would “soon” introduce a bill to permanently reinstate the net neutrality rules that were repealed by the Federal Communications Commission, led by chairman Ajit Pai, in 2017.

    Markey’s announcement comes as a federal court is set to hear oral arguments over the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality regulations in 2017. Markey, who is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, has previously introduced a bill that would permanently reinstate net neutrality as a member of the House of Representatives, although the measure ultimately failed.

    It’s unclear when the bill would be formally introduced, but Markey said it was imminent. “We will soon lay down a legislative marker in the Senate in support of net neutrality to show the American people that we are on their side in overwhelming supporting a free and open internet.”

    I’m at the D.C. Circuit Court where the case to save #NetNeutrality is getting its day in court. Whether in the courts or in the halls of Congress, we will fight to defend the free and open internet. pic.twitter.com/w2xwfHSPcw

    — Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 1, 2019
    A spokesperson for Markey confirmed to The Verge that the measure is a bill that would codify net neutrality rules into law.

    There have been other congressional efforts to undo the FCC’s rollback, but all have failed to conjure up the necessary votes to codify net neutrality rules. Earlier this year,Senate Democrats pushed through a Congressional Review Act measure that was aimed at reversing the commission’s repeal, but the House of Representatives failedto collect enough signatures for the bill to be brought to the floor for a vote.

    As a result of the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats now hold a majority in the House and would likely be able to easily approve a net neutrality measure this session. However, Senate Democrats could face tougher waters, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may refuse to take the bill to the floor. Then, another discharge petition would be required to bring it up for a vote to bypass McConnell.

    “Whether in the halls of the courts or the halls of Congress, we will fight to defend net neutrality,” Markey said in a statement today. “Nothing less than the fate of the internet is being argued in this court case, and we must do everything we can in this historic fight.”

    Industry groups like the Internet Association (IA) also back Congress’ efforts to permanently codify net neutrality. In a statement today, IA said, “The internet industry stands with consumers in this fight. . . Internet Association and our member companies are as committed as ever to ensuring all Americans enjoy strong, enforceable net neutrality protections, whether it be through the courts or bipartisan legislation.”

    In August, Markey, along with Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), led a bicameral effort along over 100 members in Congress in filing an amicus brief in the net neutrality case being heard today, condemning the FCC’s move to repeal net neutrality.

    “Both the plain language and Congressional intent behind the Telecommunications Act of 1996 make clear that today, broadband access to the internet is a telecommunications service,” Markey said in a statement. “Yet Chairman Pai and President Trump ignored the statute and Congress’s intent when the FCC reclassified broadband back to an information service and eviscerated the net neutrality rules.”

    “They are on the wrong side of history, and I believe the court will find in our favor.”"
     
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    FCC struggles to convince judge that broadband isn’t “telecommunications”
    Skeptical judges question FCC's justification of net neutrality repeal.
    JON BRODKIN - 2/1/2019, 3:15 PM
    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...fcc-case-as-it-defends-net-neutrality-repeal/

    "A Federal Communications Commission lawyer faced a skeptical panel of judges today as the FCC defended its repeal of net neutrality rules and deregulation of the broadband industry.

    FCC General Counsel Thomas Johnson struggled to explain why broadband shouldn't be considered a telecommunications service, and struggled to explain the FCC's failure to protect public safety agencies from Internet providers blocking or slowing down content.

    Oral arguments were held today in the case, which is being decided by a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Audio of the four-hour-plus oral arguments is available here.) Throttling of firefighters' data plans played a major role in today's oral arguments.

    Of the three judges, Circuit Judge Patricia Millett expressed the most skepticism of Johnson's arguments, repeatedly challenging the FCC's definition of broadband and its disregard for arguments made by public safety agencies. She also questioned the FCC's claim that the net neutrality rules harmed broadband investment. Circuit Judge Robert Wilkins also expressed some skepticism of FCC arguments, while Senior Circuit Judge Stephen Williams seemed more amenable to FCC arguments. (Williams previously dissented in part from a 2016 ruling that upheld the Obama-era net neutrality rules. Now the same court is considering FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's repeal of those rules.)

    The lawsuit seeking to overturn the net neutrality repeal was filed by more than three dozen entities, including state attorneys general, consumer advocacy groups, and tech companies such as Mozilla and Vimeo.

    Is broadband telecommunications?..."
     
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    Net Neutrality Gets HUGE Boost In Federal Court!
    The Jimmy Dore Show
    Published on Feb 8, 2019
    The court battle over Net Neutrality has begun…here’s some reasons for optimism
     
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