Six major tech companies, joining the legal battle over net neutrality, announced plans today to sue the US Federal Communications Commission.
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US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democrats in the upper chamber of Congress, is very concerned about what will happen to screwing once the Federal Communications Commission puts its new rules enabling ISPs to violate net neutrality principles into effect in a little under two months.
If all goes as the USbFCC's Republican commissioners planned, December 14 will be known as the day that net neutrality died in the US. But thanks to the mercifully slow gears of the federal bureaucracy, big changes don't happen immediately. On Thursday, the US Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality protections is scheduled to hit the federal register. Sixty days later, it will be official. But there's a lot happening in the meantime.
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.
Many pundits and companies have tried to illustrate how the net neutrality repeal will affect internet users, but YouTuber Rob Bliss has made one of the best demonstrations yet. It's good because it's simple, it isn't trying to sell you hamburgers, and it confused police officers.
Video: Known in Australia as Hungry Jacks, fast food franchise Burger King is taking shots at FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's decision to repeal net neutrality.
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.
A cadre of public interest groups and at least 22 attorneys general have filed petitions this week challenging the US FCC order that seeks to gut net neutrality. But before the real legal challenge begins, net neutrality advocates are fighting to ensure the case is heard in their court of choice.
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.
A group of US senators yesterday announced that more than 40 lawmakers had joined an effort to overturn the 2017 FCC order killing net neutrality.
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.