• The FCC has voted to kill net neutrality regulations

    1 month ago - By Phandroid

    Net Neutrality regulations keep ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from serving up the internet a la carte based on your own interests. It keeps the internet open and free so you can access whatever websites you want, without worrying about forking over more money for the Social Media Package or the Online Gaming package.
    Today, the FCC voted to eliminate the 2015 Open Internet Order that established net neutrality rules to prevent blocking and throttling at the ISP level. This effectively removes the FCC as a governing body of regulatory rules for the internet and leaves it up to the...
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  • Net Neutrality Is Over. Now What?

    Net Neutrality Is Over. Now What?

    1 month ago - By Slate

    On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to enshrine new policies that could radically change the way you use the internet. In a 3-2 vote on party lines, the agency decided to move forward with undoing Obama-era net neutrality rules, which prohibited internet providers, like Comcast or Verizon, from blocking access to websites or charging websites a fee to reach users at faster speeds.
    Democratic commissioners who voted against Chairman Ajit Pai's deregulatory agenda didn't mince words. “I dissent. I dissent from this fiercely spun, legally lightweight, consumer-harming...
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  • The FCC Had to Pause Its Net-Neutrality Hearing Because of a Bomb Threat

    1 month ago - By Slate

    According to multiple reporters at the scene, security services cleared everyone in attendance at the FCC's much-awaited vote on net neutrality Thursday afternoon. Security guards escorted everyone out of the room, instructing them not to bring any posessions along, and then led in dogs to sniff the area.
    Washington Post reporter Brian Fung also wrote on Twitter that security personnel inquired about his phone, asking him if he had taken a picture, and that other reporters noted their items had been moved around after they were let back in following the 20-minute recess.
    Upon returning...
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  • What Is Ajit Pai Doing in This Anti-Net Neutrality Video Next to a Proponent of Pizzagate?

    1 month ago - By Slate

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai appeared in a video by the Daily Caller on Wednesday in which he pantomimes millennial habits to assert that you can still “gram your food” and “post photos of cute animals” if his proposal to end net neutrality goes into effect. On Thursday, the FCC voted to end its net neutrality rules, the Obama-era regulations dictating that internet service providers cannot throttle the speeds at which certain websites load and impose fees for higher speeds.
    This wasn't the first volley in Pai's charm offensive in response to the growing protests...
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  • While killing net neutrality, FCC Chair Ajit Pai unwittingly made an eloquent argument for greater internet regulation

    While killing net neutrality, FCC Chair Ajit Pai unwittingly made an eloquent argument for greater internet regulation

    1 month ago - By VentureBeat

    FCC Chair- cum-video star Ajit Pai won the day by rallying the agency to crush net neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote. But oddly, in making his case in prepared remarks, Pai offered a compelling argument for even broader regulation of the internet, though that almost certainly wasn't his intention.
    I was listening to him deliver his remarks live, and did a bit of a double take at the end as he started bashing a bunch of unnamed Silicon Valley companies for being hypocrites on the issue. So I went back and read a copy of his prepared remarks. Here's the bit that left me a bit slackjawed:
    “Some...
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  • The FCC repeals net neutrality rules

    The FCC repeals net neutrality rules

    1 month ago - By VentureBeat

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.
    The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal marks a victory for internet service providers like AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc and hands them power over what content consumers can access.
    Democrats, Hollywood and companies like Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc had urged Pai, a Republican appointed by U.S. President Donald...
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  • FCC votes to end net neutrality

    FCC votes to end net neutrality

    1 month ago - By Tech Radar

    The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality rules that guaranteed an open internet. Developing...
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  • Security problem disrupts FCC vote to kill net neutrality rules

    Security problem disrupts FCC vote to kill net neutrality rules

    1 month ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai listens during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2017.
    Just as the FCC was about to vote on eliminating its net neutrality rules this afternoon, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was interrupted by a staffer and then called for a break in the meeting.
    "On advice of security, we need to take a brief recess," Pai said.
    Best part of the net neutrality hearing so far is when they let dogs wander all over the room. pic.twitter.com/kscIfR0BGE
    - Philip Bump December 14, 2017
    A security official then advised attendees to leave all of...
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  • Goodbye, net neutrality-Ajit Pai's FCC votes to allow blocking and throttling

    Goodbye, net neutrality-Ajit Pai's FCC votes to allow blocking and throttling

    1 month ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai arrives for his confirmation hearing with the Senate Commerce Committee on July 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.
    The Federal Communications Commission voted today to deregulate the broadband industry and eliminate net neutrality rules that prohibit Internet service providers from blocking and throttling Internet traffic.
    The repeal of net neutrality rules became a near-certainty about a year ago when Donald Trump won the presidency and appointed Republican Ajit Pai to the FCC chairmanship. Pai and Republican Commissioners Michael...
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