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This Is Ajit Pai, Nemesis of Net Neutrality

In March, Ajit Pai, the 45-year-old chair of the Federal Communications Commission, took to the internet—a community he joyfully inhabits and grudgingly regulates—to pay tribute to his favorite movie. “It’s not just, like, my opinion, man: 20 years ago today, #TheBigLebowski—the greatest film in the history of cinema—was released,” Pai wrote on Twitter. “Decades on, the Dude still abides and the movie really ties us all together.” And sure enough, the response to Pai’s cheerful tweet was united. You’re out of your element Ajit.—@JohnsNotHere Yes, Ajit. Stop trying to mingle…

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FCC Commissioner: Our Policy Is Custom Built for Right-Wing Sinclair Broadcasting

Sometime this spring, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to take a step without precedent in the history of U.S. communications policy. Once upon a time a watchdog agency, the FCC is going to approve a near-$4 billion merger between two companies that will result in the parent companys programmingand probably not coincidentally, its right-wing politicsbeing broadcast into 72 percent of American homes. They teach us in journalism school never to write is going to, because, well, there might be an earthquake. OK. There might be an earthquake. But Im…

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Ajit Pais Plan Will Take Broadband Away From Poor People

It’s indisputable: A broadband internet connection is vital to full participation in our society and economy. Increasingly, government services and job opportunities can only be accessed online. Indeed, homework assigned to seven out of 10 K-12 students in the US requires internet access, according to a recent study. The internet provides access to necessary information and a way to stay connected to friends and family, be they around the corner or around the world. Currently, if the Lifeline disbursements in any year meet or exceed 90 percent of that year’s…

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Net neutrality killed by FCC after 3-2 vote

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to repeal net neutrality rules despite a large public outcry against the proposal. Critics fear the FCC’s vote, which was split down party lines, with Democrats opposed to repealing the rules and Republicans voting to do so, will open the floodgates for internet service providers (ISPs) to defy a founding principle of the internet that ensures all internet traffic is treated equally. The plan to repeal the rules was anticipated for months and met with fierce opposition. Essentially, critics say, by repealing net…

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We fact-checked Ajit Pai’s net neutrality ‘facts’and they’re almost all bulls**t

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a proposal that could, if the critics are to be believed, change the internet forever. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has put forward a proposal that would roll back rules protecting net neutrality, a founding principle of the internet that demands internet service providers (ISPs) treat all internet traffic equally. That means they can’t block content, throttle traffic from particular sources, or create “fast lanes” that speed up traffic for content providers that pay extra for the privilege. Until 2015, net…

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FCC details plan to roll back net neutrality rules

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, newly appointed by President Trump, announced his intention to rescind the net neutrality rules created by the agencys 2015 Open Internet Order. He called the 2015 Open Internet Order an aberration that puts the federal government at the center of the internet. The chairman was introduced by speakers who talked of ending nanny state regulation that used a 1934 law meant for rotary telephone services, and assuring the audience that no one is against net neutrality. One, noting that a dam had broken in California, warned…

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