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New York attorney general announces a multi-state lawsuit challenging the net neutrality vote

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a leading voice in the fight against the FCC’s net neutrality rules repeal, has stepped forward with one of the first legal challenges to the commission’s controversial vote. Citing his investigation into the FCC’s public comments process preceding the vote, Schneiderman declared his office’s intention to sue to “stop the FCC’s illegal rollback of net neutrality” — a forthcoming legal challenge that’s sure to be in good company. In response to questions from TechCrunch, Schneiderman’s office noted that he will spearhead a multi-state lawsuit and…

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US regulator scraps net neutrality rules that protect open internet

Decision, which critics warn will hand control of the web to big cable companies, a major victory for FCC chair and Trump appointee Ajit Pai The USs top media regulator voted to end rules protecting an open internet on Thursday, a move critics warn will hand control of the future of the web to cable and telecoms companies. At a packed meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, the watchdogs commissioners voted three to two to dismantle the net neutrality rules that prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from…

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The FCC Says Net Neutrality Cripples Investment. That’s Not True

Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai says the agency's net-neutrality rules are discouraging investment, leaving consumers with fewer, and less robust, choices for internet service, and potentially widening the digital divide. Broadband providers' own financial reports tell a different story. In its proposal to repeal the rules, which were enacted in 2015, the FCC cites industry-funded studies concluding that investment in internet infrastructure declined 3 percent in 2015 and another 2 percent in 2016. The proposal also claims that internet providers delayed new offerings, such as home-wireless plans or streaming…

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10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

How and to what extent the FCC should regulate internet access has been a hot question for years, and the present administration holds opposite views than the previous one, resulting in a proposal to eliminate 2015s Open Internet Order. But Congress isnt going to take that lying down: 10 Representatives who helped craft the law governing the FCC itself have submitted an official comment on the proposal ruthlessly dismantling it. You can check out the full comment here (PDF); at under 20 pages and written in a layman-friendly manner, its…

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Update: As Yahoos partnership with AT&T unwinds, users need to switch email addresses

Update: Never do a hot take on a cold story. As part of the new corporate merger of Yahoo and Aol under the Oath brand, it looks like Yahoo accounts will no longer be accessible through AT&T email addresses (or those of any A&T subsidiaries). The move provoked some uproar among net neutrality advocates, but it seems to be less about creating walled gardens and more about cleaning up prior commitments and pre-existing partnerships. While there is a level of inconvenience for AT&T customers, this is less about net neutrality…

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The FCC officially proposes to end net neutrality rules (but its not over yet)

Today the FCC voted 2:1 to signed an open letter saying just that in April, and hundreds more have been added since. The proposed rule would remove the classification of broadband as a telecommunications service governed by Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which gives the FCC broad powers to regulate internet service providers. Critics argue that this approach is overkill and could scare away investment or result in a government-controlled internet (the refutation of these arguments will be handled at length in a separate article). It would also remove…

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The FCCs comment system targeted by DDoS attacks during filing period for net neutrality

The FCC suffered multiple distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks Sunday night and Monday morning, submit opinions on the proposed rollback of net neutrality rules. Beginning on Sunday night at midnight, our analysis reveals that the FCC was subject to multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks, read a statement from the FCCs CIO, David Bray. These were deliberate attempts by external actors to bombard the FCCs comment system with a high amount of traffic to our commercial cloud host. These actors were not attempting to file comments themselves; rather they made it difficult for…

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Judge argues net neutrality violates the free speech rights of internet providers

In perhaps the most absurd attack on net neutrality yet attempted, a federal judge argues that the rules established in 2015 by the FCC violate the first amendment rights of internet service providers. Fortunately, this line of reasoning is as ineffectual as it is mistaken. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the net neutrality order last year; it was a significant victory for proponents. But because not every judge weighed in on the decision, there was a petition for another hearing en banc, meaning with all judges present. The…

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The FCCs anti-net neutrality proposal is a giant question mark

Yesterday the FCCs chairman, Ajit Pai, The NPRM is named, in patriotic fashion, Restoring Internet Freedom. To whom, though? I hasten to add that these NPRMs arent intended to be final proposals or anything like that. Theyre a cross between regulations saying were going to do this and honest questions asking but how should we do that? So the system is functioning as expected, and in fact Chairman Pai is following through on a promise made to make documents like this one available to the public quickly. The very questions…

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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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The FCCs Myths vs. Facts sheet defending its plan to reverse net neutrality, annotated

Immediately after FCC Chairman Pai announced his intention to remove the net neutrality rules set in place in 2015, the agency issued a little preemptive strike against detractors. Internet Regulation: Myths vs. Facts. Ive annotated it with a few extra facts. Myth: Title II regulations are necessary to preserve a free and open internet. Fact: The internet was free and open prior to the FCC adopting Title II regulations in 2015. Additional Fact: Internet providers before 2015 also attempted to monitor, modify, block and throttle internet traffic depending on the…

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