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Re: Net Neutrality
« Reply #30 on: January 01, 2018, 06:41:16 PM »
A bit mile regime of intercarrier charges has briefly come up in the past. That would stir the pot quite a bit.


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Re: Net Neutrality
« Reply #32 on: March 14, 2018, 06:11:36 PM »
While California and other states have begun trying to pass state laws to preserve Net Neutrality (https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/03/att-and-verizon-data-cap-exemptions-would-be-banned-by-california-bill/), there is a bill in Congress attempting to limit states' rights: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4682/text

"Preemption Of State Law.—No State or political subdivision of a State shall adopt, maintain, enforce, or impose or continue in effect any law, rule, regulation, duty, requirement, standard, or other provision having the force and effect of law relating to or with respect to internet openness obligations for provision of broadband internet access service."

This next part is truly hilarious. They have sections requiring the FCC to classify internet service (and just about everything telecommunications) as an information service, not telecommunications.

"Broadband To Be Considered Information Service.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provision of broadband internet access service or any other mass-market retail service providing advanced telecommunications capability (as defined in section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (47 U.S.C. 1302)) shall be considered to be an information service."


So they say they are providing telecommunications capability while saying they shouldn't be considered a telecommunications service.

Hopefully this bill gets shut down and anyone in Tennessee tries to vote out the bill sponsor, Marsha Blackburn (https://www.congress.gov/member/marsha-blackburn/B001243)
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Re: Net Neutrality
« Reply #33 on: June 21, 2018, 01:30:27 PM »
In a shining example of good corporate citizenship, AT&T has sneakily de-fanged California's net neutrality law.


https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180620/12174040079/att-successfully-derails-californias-tough-new-net-neutrality-law.shtml


Since California's law would have severely hampered AT&T's dreams of dominating the streaming video and ad wars to come, the company got right to work derailing California's legislative push in its usually-underhanded way. The company managed to convince California Assemblyman Miguel Santiago to introduce a series of last-minute secretive Tuesday night amendments that were then voted on without debate during a Wednesday morning hearing:

"The committee, lead by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, issued amendments to the bill late Tuesday night. Among its recommendations were to permit a controversial internet service provider practice called “zero rating,” where some websites and apps don’t count against a consumer’s data allotment. Opponents view zero rating as a backdoor way of discriminating against online services that don’t strike free-data deals with broadband and wireless companies."

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Re: Net Neutrality
« Reply #34 on: December 05, 2018, 08:42:53 AM »
FCC admits Russian interference in Net Neutrality decision:

https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/net-neutrality-comments-lawsuit/

“As many as nine and a half million people had their identities stolen and used to file fake comments, which is a crime under both federal and state laws,” she wrote. “Nearly eight million comments were filed from e-mail domains associated with FakeMailGenerator.com. On top of this, roughly half a million comments were filed from Russian e-mail addresses. Something here is rotten—and it’s time for the FCC to come clean.”


One recent study recently found that of the real comments, nearly 100 percent were made in favor of the FCC keeping the existing net neutrality rules.



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Re: Net Neutrality
« Reply #35 on: December 12, 2018, 08:08:30 AM »
House Democrats also playing the politics game:

https://gizmodo.com/last-minute-push-to-restore-net-neutrality-stymied-by-d-1831023390

Activists marked Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, a Democrat of Pennsylvania, who was sworn in less than a month ago, as a particularly egregious case. In a Facebook video this week, Scanlon acknowledged having received numerous calls from constituents, but claimed she was refusing to sign on to the CRA because it is, she said, an “an arcane congressional maneuver.” (The Congressional Review Act was enacted in 1996.)

Scanlon, whose campaign’s second largest contributor was Comcast and whose office has dodged inquiries from reporters, also claimed there was “no way” the required number of signatures would be collected before the December 10 deadline, failing to inform the some 3,000 Facebook viewers that the deadline has actually been extended. (It’s unclear whether Scanlon was misinformed.)


The corrupt:
Brendan Boyle (PA-13) - Comcast, Verizon, NCTA

Robert Brady (PA-1) - Comcast

G.K. Butterfield (NC-1) - AT&T and NCTA

Matt Cartwright (PA-17) - Comcast

Jim Costa (CA-16) - AT&T & Comcast

Henry Cuellar (TX-28) - Verizon

Dwight Evans (PA-2) - Comcast

Vicente Gonzalez(Tri-Caucus) - Charter

Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) - NCTA, Charter

Gene Green (TX-29) - Verizon

Tom O'Halleran (AZ-1) - NCTA

Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-7) - Comcast (Rep. Scanlon was only recently sworn in)

David Scott (GA-13) - AT&T

Brad Schneider (IL-10) - Verizon

Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) - Comcast

Filemon Vela (TX-34) - Verizon, NCTA

Pete Visclosky (IN-1) - Verizon and NCTA

Frederica Wilson (FL-24) - Comcast

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Re: Net Neutrality
« Reply #36 on: January 12, 2019, 04:02:55 PM »
https://www.extremetech.com/internet/283522-att-plans-to-fire-7000-people-despite-tax-breaks-net-neutrality-repeal

AT&T is reportedly preparing to fire 7,000 people, despite having previously promised that tax breaks and freedom from burdensome regulation would actually create jobs.


How is this possible! Could it be that reduced taxes and reduced regulation didn't cause an increase in hiring, but just higher payouts to executives and shareholders!? I'm absolutely STUNNED!
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Re: Net Neutrality
« Reply #37 on: January 24, 2019, 02:09:31 PM »
Just in case people forgot:

Network investment is down, layoffs abound, and networks are falling apart. This isn’t the glorious future Ajit Pai promised.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/gyab5m/its-now-clear-none-of-the-supposed-benefits-of-killing-net-neutrality-are-real

I thought de-regulation was supposed to open the floodgates to provide better service, increased hiring and investments, increased competition:

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Comcast’s latest earnings report indicates that the cable giant’s capital expenditures (CAPEX) for 2018 actually decreased 3 percent. The revelation comes on the heels by similar statements by Verizon and Charter Spectrum that they’d also be seeing lower network investment numbers in 2018.

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Phone companies (AT&T, Verizon) are similarly expected to see their wireline capex fall from $20.3 billion in 2018 to $19.6 billion this year, notes the firm. And while investment in wireless is expected to jump slightly thanks to fifth generation (5G) investment, there too analysts have noted that overall investment is notably more sluggish than many had predicted.

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Motherboard has exclusively reported how AT&T is prepping another major round of layoffs despite netting nearly $20 billion from the Trump tax cuts. And Verizon this week said it would be cutting 7 Percent of its media staff—on the heels of a 10,000 employee “voluntary” severance package—despite its own mammoth windfall of government favors.

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Other ISPs, like Frontier Communications, have been literally letting their networks fall apart in many states, despite millions in taxpayer subsidies and repeated allegations of fraud. These are problems that were never going to be solved by killing popular consumer protections.

We should've listened to The Who - it turns out we got fooled again :( :( :(
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Re: Net Neutrality
« Reply #38 on: March 06, 2019, 11:41:04 AM »
https://www.fightforthefuture.org/news/2019-03-06-congress-introduces-save-the-internet-act-to/

Congress introduces ‘Save the Internet Act’ to overturn Ajit Pai’s disastrous net neutrality repeal and help keep the Internet
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