Monday, 11 December, 2017

SD Senator John Thune; Time to Roll Back Net Neutrality

Federal Communications Commission building in Washington D.C Federal Communications Commission building in Washington D.C
Howard Terry | 05 December, 2017, 02:07

Specifically, the groups propose the FCC delay the vote until a pending court case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - the en banc review in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility - resolves. The hard-fought rules were approved in 2015 after years of wrangling and lawsuits.

In an open letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last month, Schneiderman wrote that the FCC's public comments website had been deeply "corrupted", and that his office had uncovered "enormous numbers of fake comments concerning the possible repeal of net neutrality rules". "Although these comments represent less than 10% of the total, this is a notable difference", the report said.

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The group is led by Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New York.

"The raw number is not as important as the substantive comments that are in the record", Pai said a July FCC meeting. Dianne Feinstein, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and others, wrote in a letter dated December 4. The Pew Research Center found that 57% of comments submitted to the FCC regarding the upcoming net neutrality vote used temporary or duplicate email addresses.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling on the FCC to cooperate after the identities of real Americans were used to submit fake comments on net neutrality. An FCC spokesperson previously dismissed the complaints as "nothing more than a transparent attempt by a partisan supporter of the Obama Administration's heavy-handed internet regulations to gain publicity for himself".

More: Net Neutrality comments were a record. Unlike legislative votes in Congress, concerned citizens don't have a local senator to complain to, and the FCC's comment process has left a lot to be desired. "The FCC has held zero public hearings". He called on government officials in other states that with residents that appear to have "likely victims" to get involved, including California, Missouri, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. "That includes as many as 50,000 people here in NY", he said. "Anyone else see the irony?"

Furthermore, protests have been planned throughout the nation over the coming days in opposition to the FCC's "scorched-earth" attack on net neutrality: More than 600 demonstrations are scheduled to take place at Verizon stores and congressional offices across the country on Thursday, exactly one week ahead of the FCC's planned vote.

"The idea that the FTC will come to the rescue if net neutrality is destroyed at the FCC is a bad joke".

Pai's plan "removes bright-line rules based on bipartisan principles, embraced by Republican and Democratic FCC chairmen over the last two decades", Eshoo said.

The FCC's plan to roll back Title II Net Neutrality regulations has been the subject of dire controversy and heated debate lately.

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