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Two weeks ago, residents of Hawaii kissed their loved ones goodbye or huddled in confusion after emergency warnings of an incoming ballistic missile threat were sent out in error. Forty minutes later, they were told it was all a mistake, and that an employee clicked the wrong button. But an FCC investigation has concluded that wasn't actually what happened.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Under the tenure of its new Donald Trump-appointed chair Ajit Pai, the US Federal Communications Commission recently revoked Barack Obama-era regulations mandating service providers abide by net neutrality rules. But on the way there, the agency had to overlook millions of allegedly fraudulent comments submitted to its Electronic Comment Filing System - likely corrupting one of the only methods for the public to make its voice heard during the rule-making process.

Under chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC has had a lot of stupid initiatives that would only serve the interests of telecoms. Ranking high on the list was a plan to redefine speed requirements for fixed broadband to include slower mobile connections. As of Thursday, that plan appears to be dead. But never say never.

Senate Democrats are getting serious about overruling the FCC's recent decision to kill net neutrality protections. Republican Senator Susan Collins has joined 49 Democrats in the endorsement of a legislative measure that would reverse the FCC's ruling. Only one more vote is necessary for the measure to pass the Senate.

Last week, the Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission and its Verizon-loving chair Ajit Pai rammed through a wildly unpopular decision to repeal Barack Obama-era open internet guidelines in the US, potentially opening the door for internet service providers to start blocking or throttling anyone on the web they want or hitting them up for extortionate fees. With the FCC abrogating most of its own enforcement powers, the only way to stop the decision is Congress - but the Republican solution, Rep. Marsha Blackburn's "Open Internet Preservation Act," is just as bad as you'd expect.

It's that time again. It's time to break the internet in order to raise awareness about net neutrality. The FCC vote to repeal Title II protections is on Thursday in the US, and web-based protests are kicking off in response. Some of the biggest pioneers of tech jumped in on Monday to give the protests a bump, but the difference now is that it may be the last time we'll see such calls to action over Title II.