Net neutrality today, tomorrow, forever

Net neutrality today, tomorrow, forever…

‘I don’t think consumers are going to see any change at all,’ FCC chief Ajit Pai says of net neutrality repeal

Ajit Pai talks about net neutrality, telecom consolidation and more.

By Tony Romm  •  Read more »

 

Internet Defenders Say Net Neutrality Isn’t Yet Dead As ‘Most Important Battle’ Begins

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

"Any lawmaker, of any party, that fails to sign the discharge petition in support of the CRA will regret it come election time." READ MORE»

 

Goodbye to net neutrality. Hello to an even-bigger AT&T?

Two developments this week could dramatically expand the power of major telecom companies.

By Tony Romm  •  Read more »

 

The FCC’s net neutrality rules are officially repealed today. Here’s what that really means.

Here’s how your Internet experience could change now that the rules are off the books.

By Brian Fung  •  Read more »

 

THE INTERNET IS RUN BY GIANTS This fascinating piece looks at how net neutrality ended long before this week. [The New York Times]

Yesterday, our fears became reality as the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality officially went into effect.

Now more than ever, we’re counting on Congress to step in and overturn the FCC’s repeal of net

For more background information, check out the email below that we sent last Saturday, just before the repeal went into effect.

Republicans killed net neutrality today. What happens next?   We keep fighting

 

Joan McCarter Daily Kos Staff……2018/06/11 · 10:28

Even though the Senate voted last month to save net neutrality, the House has yet to act. That means that today is the day. The FCC’s execution date for the rule. As of now, it’s over. There are no enforceable legal protections against content discrimination by internet service providers.

… the new ruling clears the way for massive internet service providers to do practically whatever they like — including paid prioritization, throttling, and otherwise messing with traffic as it moves across the internet. […]

Carriers aren’t going to drop the throttle-hammer on day one, but they will continue on the path they have been on for years: using their control over the network to promote carrier-owned services and products.

 

That’s a given. We know ISPs are going to exploit their new-found freedom because they have a long history of abusing their power to control content. Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, MetroPCS—they’ve all taken actions that demonstrate just how far they’re willing to go to shut down content and services that threaten their profits. While they’re unlikely to take immediate action to take over the internet—that could backfire for them legally and politically—they’ll slowly but surely continue down the path of controlling the internet.

But here’s the thing. We are as relentless in saving the internet as they are in destroying it. We’ve been at this for a lot of years now and aren’t going to give up. Open internet advocates are fighting back in the courts, in the states and still in Congress, where the effort to force a discharge petition vote is still gaining steam.

In a midterm election year in which Republicans just keep shooting themselves in the foot, here’s another instance. A poll by Ipsos Mozilla in April found a whopping 91 percent of Americans "believe consumers should be able to freely and quickly access their preferred content on the internet." It’s why we won the fight for net neutrality in the first place, and while we’ll win again in the end.

 

A federal judge approved the $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner on Tuesday, delivering a major blow to the Justice Department’s effort to block the mega-deal opposed by President Donald Trump.

Judge Richard Leon rejected the DOJ’s argument that allowing the two companies to combine could lead to higher television bills for consumers and stifle media competitors. AT&T and Time Warner argued the merger would save consumers money and yield more innovative products.

Trump pledged to stop the merger during the 2016 presidential campaign, and he frequently attacks Time Warner-owned CNN over its coverage of his administration.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/12/att-time-warner-merger-approved-642333

now an acceptable public response

…Thanks to politicians, Hollywood, and media … FUCK YOU … is now an acceptable public response…

De Niro’s anti-Trump Tonys speech reveals the tribalistic and vulgar new normal in political discourse

The usual rules of political disagreement appear to have gone out the window.

By Eugene Scott  •  Read more »

 

mesmerized by what pass as compelling labels defining nothing…

…Americans are mesmerized by what pass as compelling labels defining nothing…

America is Suffering an Epidemic of ‘Dishonest Fake Belief’ — Promoted by the People Who Took Over the GOP

By Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

Just call yourself a Christian, a patriot or a True American and you can get away with anything.  READ MORE»

 

the day the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality takes effect

It’s Monday, June 11: the day the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality takes effect.

You may not notice any changes immediately. We don’t know exactly when or how AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast will start throttling speeds and creating fast and slow lanes on the internet.

But we know it’s coming. And that’s why we need to force the House to save net neutrality.

Thanks to your activism, a bipartisan majority of senators voted to overturn the FCC and save net neutrality.

Now the fight is in the House, where we are gaining more support for the CRA resolution by the day. But we still need dozens more reps to sign a discharge petition to force a floor vote.

There’s not a moment to lose. Every day the American people go without protections for a free and open internet will be one too many.

Tell your member of Congress: Sign the discharge petition for the CRA resolution to restore net neutrality!

The pundits and Big Cable lobbyists said we could never win the CRA resolution in the Senate, but we did.

We flooded the Senate with millions of calls and emails from constituents — and we got all 49 members of the Democratic caucus, along with three Republicans, to pass the CRA. It’s going to be an uphill climb, but if we make sure our representatives hear us loud and clear, we can win in the House too.

86% of Americans oppose the repeal of net neutrality, including a huge majority of Republicans. With multiple Senate Republicans voting to overturn the FCC, we have a strong shot of winning the House if we get the support of all Democrats and about two dozen Republicans.

We proved the pundits wrong once, and will prove them wrong again. But we need to raise our voices and make sure every representative knows you expect them to stand on the side of Team Internet, and not Team Cable.

 

Actually he has, we did not query him to define the best people for whom…???

President Donald Trump, leading vacancies to pile up in spite of a campaign promise to hire "the best people in the world" … Actually he has, we did not query him to define the best people for whom…???   They are beholding to TRUMP and not to us…

Trump’s White House Isn’t Just a ‘Miserable Place to Work’ Like John Kelly Says — It’s Dismantling the Democratic System

While the revolving door of staff members in the White House has become routine, and therefore normalized, it indicates a troubling aspect on the current state of American democracy.

By Clarrie Feinstein / SalonJune 12, 2018, 8:01 AM GMT

It’s not news to anyone that inside the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue lies pure chaos. Numerous White House staffers continue to resign or be fired by President Donald Trump, leading vacancies to pile up in spite of a campaign promise to hire "the best people in the world." The president’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, for one, has been describedas a "ghost town."

The inner workings of Trump’s White House were exposed in great detail in Michael Wolff’s much-anticipated book, "Fire and Fury" in January, which claimed that the president is unafraid of firing any person who opposes him – and also relishes in creating a chaotic work environment.

Most recently, John Kelly, the president’s chief, reportedly called the White House a “miserable place to work” as speculation circles about his departure from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. While the revolving door of staff members in the White House has become routine, and therefore normalized, it indicates a troubling aspect on the current state of American democracy