U.S. agency to vote on net neutrality rules despite outcry

WASHINGTON – Internet service providers clashed with Democrats and celebrities like “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill ahead of a vote on the Trump administration’s plan to revoke net neutrality rules barring the blocking or slowing of internet traffic. The Federal Communications Commission is due to vote on Thursday on chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to rescind so-called net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that treated internet service providers like public utilities. Protesters…

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Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality

WASHINGTON – Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet. The FCC is expected to vote on Dec. 14 to scrap the landmark so-called net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama, given FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and two Republican commissioners support the repeal. Advocates for the rules doubt…

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U.S. agency prepares to hand over internet oversight to FTC

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to turn over oversight of internet service providers to another federal agency as it plans to vote on Thursday to revoke the landmark 2015 “net neutrality” rules. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last month unveiled plans to repeal the rules that prohibit internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content. The 2015 rules bar broadband providers from blocking or slowing access to web content. On Monday,…

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NY attorney general asks for net neutrality vote to be put off

WASHINGTON – New York’s attorney general urged the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote rolling back net neutrality rules because of the large number of fake comments submitted to the agency on the issue. The FCC is expected to vote on Feb. 14 on Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to scrap the 2015 landmark net neutrality rules, moving to give broadband service providers sweeping power over what content consumers can access. Pai is a Republican…

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Thursday Morning Briefing

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions orders a review of the country’s gun background check system, Uber’s data breach collides with the launch of a SoftBank deal and Roy Moore’s communications director resigns. Business A newspaper advertisement for an Uber stock sale was juxtaposed with a report that the ride-service provider had covered up a data hack – something of a metaphor for Uber, a company with boundless investor interest, but whose penchant for rule-breaking has…

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Democratic FCC Commissioner sides with keeping net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON – Democratic Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said on Wednesday she supported the net neutrality rules adopted by the U.S. communications regulator in 2015, saying a proposal by the FCC chairman to end Obama-era net neutrality rules would hurt consumers. “The Commissioner continues to believe that the 2015 rules adopted by the FCC are the best way to protect consumers and small businesses while promoting innovation,” said a fact sheet prepared by Clyburn’s office.…

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FCC head proposes review of U.S. TV station ownership cap

WASHINGTON – The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday asked the agency to review rules capping television station ownership, a move that could speed consolidation in the industry. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, asked the four other members of the commission to vote to kick off a process to decide if the nation-wide cap, set at 39 percent of television-owning households, should be eliminated or raised, the agency said. Big media firms like…

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Breakingviews – Trump administration scrambles media signals

NEW YORK ( Breakingviews) – President Donald Trump’s administration is scrambling media signals. The Department of Justice on Monday sued to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner over concerns the two will use content to stiff rivals. But another agency intends to scrap rules that force internet providers to treat web traffic equally. Trying to stop AT&T’s $85 billion offer for HBO’s parent is an unusual move in itself. The success of M&A transactions based…

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