Net Neutrality FCC Vote Today December 14, 2017

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    AT&T Drops Court Challenge That Kept FTC From Policing Net Neutrality
    AJ Dellinger, May 31st 2018, 8:05pm
    https://gizmodo.com/at-t-drops-legal-challenge-that-kept-ftc-from-policing-1826470000

    "Four years ago, the Federal Trade Commission accused AT&T of throttling the speeds of unlimited data plans. On Thursday, Reuters reported AT&T finally dropped its legal challenge against that complaint—and more broadly, the FTC’s ability to protect net neutrality—and is in talks to settle with the agency.

    AT&T, the second-largest mobile service provider in the US, initially announcedthat it would petition the Supreme Court to review the case on the grounds that the FTC has no jurisdiction over the company’s broadband services. AT&T has since pulled an about-face on those plans, informing court officials that it will not pursue its appeal, allowing the FTC to finally continue its legal case against the mobile carrier—though the telecom giant will try to reach an agreement to avoid allowing the complaint going to trial.


    “We have decided not to seek review by the Supreme Court, to focus instead on negotiating a fair resolution of the case with the Federal Trade Commission,” a spokesperson for AT&T told Gizmodo.

    The apparent end to a messy legal fight marks two potential victories for consumers. First and foremost, it presents a possible settlement that could secure refunds for AT&T customers who were misled by the company’s promise of unlimited data plans that were actually severely throttled and slowed.

    According to the FTC’s original complaint from 2014, AT&T began throttling data speeds for customers with unlimited plans after using as little as two gigabytes of data in a single billing period. AT&T slowed the download speeds of customers by as much as 90 percent. The FTC reported the mobile carrier throttled at least 3.5 million customers a total of 25 million times. (AT&T has since toned down its throttling practices and now issues notifications about slowdowns in bill statements and text messages.)

    In addition to some justice for the allegedly deceptive data plans, the lapsed legal challenge also means AT&T is dropping its claims that the FTC can’t regulate it, potentially restoring some of the agency’s ability to enforce net neutrality protections.

    The crux of AT&T’s argument hinged on the fact that the FTC doesn’t have authority from Congress to provide oversight over common carrier services. While the complaint was over wireless internet services, AT&T claimed that because it provides mobile and landline voice services, it should be classified as a common carrier and therefore be made immune to the FTC’s actions.

    That position initially worked for AT&T, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the company’s favor in 2016. Had that ruling stood, it would have allowed all companies that offer common carrier services to avoid punishment from the FTC even when offering non-common carrier services. However, earlier this year a ruling from an en banc session of the US Court of Appeals ruled the FTC did, in fact, have jurisdiction over broadband services provided by telecom companies.

    While the FTC has had some of its regulatory powers restored, it still does not have the same levers that the Federal Communications Commission had under the Open Internet Order. The FTC can punish ISPs that fail to keep net neutrality promises, but companies can just forgo making those promises in order to avoid penalties. Comcast almost immediately removed its pledge to not create internet fast lanes the day after the FCC announced its plan to repeal net neutrality protections.

    Winning the fight to preserve net neutrality protections remains a far better solution for consumers than the very narrow oversight now granted to the FTC."

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    California’s net neutrality bill could set a national standard
    Or unleash a series of lawsuits
    By Makena Kelly Jun 4, 2018, 11:38am EDT
    https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/4/17414384/california-net-neutrality-bill-washington-epa

    California’s net neutrality bill could set a national standard - the Market is too big to be ignored, which could change everything
    https://www.reddit.com/r/netneutrality/comments/8oiinb/californias_net_neutrality_bill_could_set_a/
    https://www.reddit.com/r/MarchForNetNeutrality/

    Thanks To No Competition, Broadband Satisfaction Scores Plummet

    from the this-is-why-we-can't-have-nice-things dept
    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/2...n-broadband-satisfaction-scores-plummet.shtml

    The FCC's Broadband Availability Maps Are a Joke
    by Karl Bode
    Thursday May 31 2018 11:44 EDT
    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Senators-Say-FCC-Broadband-Availability-Maps-Are-a-Joke-141925

    AT&T wants to settle with FTC to avoid unlimited data throttling lawsuit
    AT&T finally gives up attempt to cripple FTC authority over broadband.
    JON BRODKIN - 5/31/2018, 11:59 AM
    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...c-to-avoid-unlimited-data-throttling-lawsuit/
     
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    Lawmaker 'Disturbed' That FCC Made up DDOS, Lied to Press
    by Karl Bode
    Thursday Jun 07 2018 10:00 EDT
    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Lawmaker-Disturbed-That-FCC-Made-up-DDOS-Lied-to-Press-141963

    "Lawmakers aren't particularly impressed by reports that the Trump FCC made up several DDOS attacks to downplay massive public opposition to their net neutrality repeal, then repeatedly lied to reporters trying to get to the bottom of the scandal. A report by Gizmodo this week noted that the agency made up the attack after the FCC website collapsed under the load of angry citizens that had just watched HBO Comedian John Oliver's 2017 report on net neutrality, apparently hoping to downplay massive public anger at Trump FCC policies.
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    The report obtained FCC staffer e-mails showing they repeatedly misled reporters, then used those factually-incorrect reports to prop up their bogus DDOS attack claims.

    House Energy & Commerce Committee ranking member Frank Pallone says he wasn't particularly impressed by the report, and urged the FCC to cooperate with an ongoing GAO investigation into the DDOS attack that wasn't.

    "Last summer, I directed Government Accountability Office investigators to get to the bottom of this alleged cyberattack and the FCC’s unusual response," said Pallone. "In light of today’s news, I call on chairman [Ajit] Pai to ensure the FCC fully cooperates with GAO’s investigation so the American people can finally get a full accounting as to what happened in advance of the agency stripping away critical net neutrality protections."

    Of course the bogus DDOS attack is only one of several scandals plaguing Ajit Pai's FCC. The GAO is also investigating who was behind millions of bogus comments filed at the FCC website during the public comment period of the repeal of net neutrality, the only real chance the public had to weigh in on the proposal (not that the FCC listened). Ajit Pai himself is also being investigated by the nonpartisan FCC Inspector General for possible corruption in the wake of his efforts to gut media consolidation rules at Sinclair Broadcast Group's request.

    Whether any of this results in anything even resembling actual accountability for Pai or his incarnation of the FCC remains to be seen."

    https://www.reddit.com/r/technology...aker_disturbed_that_fcc_made_up_ddos_lied_to/

    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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    FCC Emails Show Agency Spread Lies to Bolster Dubious DDoS Attack Claims
    Dell Cameron, Tuesday 10:30am
    https://gizmodo.com/fcc-emails-show-agency-spread-lies-to-bolster-dubious-d-1826535344
     
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    Least Transparent FCC Ever Goes Dark as Former IT Chief Walks Back DDoS Attack Claims
    Dell Cameron, Today 4:22pm
    https://gizmodo.com/least-transparent-fcc-ever-goes-dark-as-former-it-chief-1826631088

    "A former FCC senior official who issued false statements to reporters, claiming a cyberattack hobbled the agency’s comment system in 2014 and that the ex-chairman ordered it kept quiet, is now backpedaling amid renewed scrutiny by U.S. lawmakers and a wholesale denial by the former chairman himself.

    The FCC itself has commenced a media blackout over the affair, refusing to address or even acknowledge questions from reporters for over a week.

    After the Federal Communications Commission’s comment system was battered by internet traffic in June 2014, then-agency IT chief David Bray repeatedly misportrayed the cause, claiming a malicious attack was a responsible. But until Commissioner Ajit Pai was appointed chairman of the agency in early 2017, Bray could only propagate his claims as an anonymous source—contradicting the findings of his agency’s own independent security contractors.

    After the Obama-appointed chairman, Tom Wheeler, stepped down in early 2017, Bray’s claims became FCC canon; for the first time, the agency’s press office began echoing his allegations about denial-of-service attacks pounding the agency’s comment system years ago, until the story eventually appeared in a print edition of the Wall Street Journal, among other outlets.

    But the story grew larger over time: As Gizmodo reported Tuesday, the FCC began telling journalists there was a reason this 2014 attack was never officially reported—the former chairman wanted it kept under wraps.

    None of it was true."
     
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    Net neutrality is really, officially dead on Monday. Now what?
    There are no more procedural delays. The FCC's decision to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules takes effect Monday. Here's a breakdown of everything you need to know.
    BY MARGUERITE REARDON, JUNE 9, 2018 11:18 AM PDT
    https://www.cnet.com/news/net-neutrality-is-really-officially-dead-on-monday-now-what/

    Net Neutrality Rules Expire as Backers Turn to Congress, Courts
    By Todd Shields, June 11, 2018, 1:00 AM PDT
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...les-expire-as-backers-turn-to-congress-courts

    The Date Is Here: So Long, Net Neutrality
    By DANIEL POLITI, JUNE 10, 20184:15 PM
    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/the-date-is-here-so-long-net-neutrality.html

    California moves closer to its own net neutrality rule—will it save the open internet?
    Antoinette Siu, CALmatters Published 4:20 p.m. PT June 10, 2018
    https://www.desertsun.com/story/new...s-own-sweeping-net-neutrality-rule/689368002/

    Goodbye to net neutrality. Hello to an even-bigger AT&T?
    By Tony Romm, June 10 at 8:21 PM
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busi...c67f56-6cc0-11e8-bf86-a2351b5ece99_story.html
     
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    Net neutrality rollback: FCC chairman Ajit Pai responds to critics
    CBS This Morning
    Published on Jun 11, 2018
    The federal government starts rolling back net neutrality rules today. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the Obama-era regulations in December. Those rules required online service providers to treat all internet traffic the same without slowing or blocking content from competing providers. FCC chairman Ajit Pai joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss why he thinks the rollback is "tremendously positive" for consumers.

    Fmr. FCC Commissioner on Net Neutrality: The rules aren't going away
    Fox Business
    Published on Jun 11, 2018
    Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell on the impact of the repeal of Net Neutrality and the upcoming decision in the Department Justice lawsuit to block AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner.

    Net neutrality is dead, now what?
    The Verge
    Published on Jun 11, 2018
    The FCC’s Net Neutrality rollback officially went into effect on June 11th, clearing the way for paid prioritization and lots of other sketchy behavior from telecom companies. So what does the internet look like without net neutrality rules?
    Here’s where you can see which members of the House have signed on to save the net neutrality rules: http://clerk.house.gov/115/lrc/pd/pet...
     
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    First state net neutrality law took effect today, countering FCC repeal
    Washington state law replaces repealed federal regulations.
    JON BRODKIN - 6/11/2018, 1:16 PM
    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...-law-took-effect-today-countering-fcc-repeal/

    "The State of Washington today became the first US state to impose a net neutrality law that replaces the nationwide regulations repealed by the Federal Communications Commission.

    Washington's legislature and governor approved the new law three months ago and arranged for it to take effect as soon as the FCC finalized its repeal. The FCC repeal was finalized today, so Washington's state law has gone into effect.

    The Washington state law prohibits home and mobile Internet providers from blocking or throttling lawful Internet traffic and from charging online services for prioritization. The rules will be enforced by the state attorney general under Washington's Consumer Protection Act.

    Bill author Drew Hansen, a Democratic state representative from Bainbridge Island, previously told Ars that he expects the state law to be upheld in court. The FCC is trying to preempt state net neutrality laws, but "the FCC doesn't have preemption authority just because it says so," Hansen said.

    The law was opposed by the cable and mobile broadband industries, and ISPs or their lobby groups could sue in an attempt to block it. When contacted by Ars today, Rep. Hansen said he's not aware of any lawsuits being filed yet.

    More state laws coming up
    Oregon also passed a net neutrality law, but it applies only to ISPs that sell Internet service to state or local government agencies, and it doesn't take effect until January 1, 2019.

    The governors of five states—Vermont, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, and New York—have also issued executive orders to impose net neutrality rules on ISPs that provide Internet service to state government agencies. As a Motherboard story noted, Washington is the first state with a net neutrality law applying broadly to all ISPs.

    Washington's law might not end up being the strictest state net neutrality regime, though. The California Senate last month approved stricter net neutrality rules, including a ban on paid data-cap exemptions, and there is pending net neutrality legislation in most states. The California bill still needs approval from the Democratic-majority State Assembly and Governor Jerry Brown.

    Separately, more than 20 Democratic state attorneys general have sued the FCC in an attempt to reverse the federal repeal."
     
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    Comcast, AT&T, Verizon say they have no paid prioritization plans
    ISPs make network management disclosures as net neutrality repeal takes effect.
    JON BRODKIN - 6/12/2018, 11:05 AM
    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...n-say-they-have-no-paid-prioritization-plans/

    "The repeal of federal net neutrality rules became official yesterday, giving broadband providers the right to block or throttle Internet traffic or to prioritize traffic in exchange for payment.

    But at least for now, some major ISPs are saying they won't do any of those things. The Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T websites all say they aren't doing any blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization.

    By contrast, Charter's network management disclosure only promises that it won't block or throttle, while making no promises about paid prioritization. That doesn't mean Charter has immediate plans to charge websites and online services for priority access to consumers. ISPs are required to disclose paid prioritization publicly, so we'll find out if it happens as long as the companies follow the disclosure requirements.

    Comcast, Charter, AT&T, and Verizon are the four biggest home Internet providers in the US.

    Net neutrality supporters have speculated that Internet providers will be on their best behavior for the time being. Congress is considering whether to impose a new version of net neutrality rules, with Democrats pushing for a full restoration of the FCC rules and Republicans pushing for a weaker form of net neutrality. ISPs likely want to avoid a public backlash that could increase pressure on lawmakers to enact strict rules.

    ISPs can make their disclosures either on their own websites or on the FCC website, but so far only two small ISPs have used the FCC site for their disclosures....more details on site..."
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    The Net Neutrality Repeal Is Official — Here’s How Massachusetts Can Fight Back
    Miles Howard,June 12, 2018
    http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2018/06/12/internet-access-miles-howard

    "...While it’s too soon to know how companies like Verizon and Comcast will use this new power, the signs from Portugal — which gives Internet Service Providers (ISPs) similar clout — are not good. Over there, consumers are given a range of Internet “package” options, which allow them a finite amount of content. The packages are geared towards different kinds of Internet utility — say, messaging, or social media — and the package prices are tied to their inclusiveness. To access everything, you have to pay more..."
     
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    Continue to stay classy, cultists.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/20...ollowing-death-threats-from-violent-leftists/

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai told The Wall Street Journal on Monday that he and his family are still being threatened in the months since the agency voted to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules.

    Pai visited the newspaper’s offices on Monday, the day the repeal went into effect, and said he has continued to receive threats following the December vote. His wife and in-laws have also received threatening phone calls and messages at home and at work, according to Journal opinion writer James Freeman.

    Freeman wrote that Pai’s family “still requires 24-hour security” as a result.

    The repeal of the 2015 net neutrality rules went into effect this week.

    The FCC in December voted 3-2 along party lines to roll back the regulations and shift authority for policing the broadband industry to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
     
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