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iconnumber posted 09-12-2018 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The original thread Beware - FCC Voted to Kill Net Neutrality Rules - This can be reversed!! has current info (as of 01-17-2018 & 01-26-2018) but was getting a little long.

So this is the continuation.

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Tell the Congressional Holdouts: Get on the Right Side of History and Save Net Neutrality for All

The Congressional Review Act is a measure lawmakers can use to overturn rules from federal agencies. Supporting the Net Neutrality CRA is the fastest and most effective way to restore the FCC’s strong open-internet rules.

Members of the House of Representatives need to follow two simple steps to restore these protections:

  1. First, 218 House members need to sign the discharge petition allowing the Net Neutrality CRA to come up for a full vote. 177 lawmakers have already signed on so we need to get just 41 more reps to step up.
  2. Second, a majority of House members need to vote yes to pass the CRA.

It’s really that simple.

With California becoming the fourth state to pass its own Net Neutrality rules, it’s clear that grassroots activism has companies like Comcast on the ropes. Now is the time to keep pushing for the CRA.

We need to show every representative that it’s crucial to protect their constituents’ online rights from predatory companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

Over the years we’ve rallied to tell lawmakers that an open, accessible and affordable internet is essential to the health and well-being of our movements, our local economies and our ability to tell our own stories. Now we must come together to do it again.

This fight is so vital because, at its core, restoring the Title II Net Neutrality rules is about preserving civil rights online. The open internet is a place where movements are born, where communities often ignored or stereotyped by mainstream media can tell their own stories, and where families, friends and people who might have never before connected can build community.

Remind the representatives who haven’t yet supported the CRA that they work for the people, not power-hungry telecoms.

Urge the congressional holdouts to sign the discharge petition and support the Net Neutrality CRA today.
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I did send my message in. However as my Congressman thinks the ocean rise is caused by rocks falling into the sea, I do not think he will change is mind.
I went to an interesting book signing recently for Amy Siskind's book "The List". Not much is the same as two years ago.

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Senate Democratic Leaders Unveil Save The Internet Act To Restore Net Neutrality Protections
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Senate Democratic Leaders Unveil Save The Internet Act To Restore Net Neutrality Protections
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Democratic leaders of the House and Senate today unveiled the Save the Internet Act, legislation that will keep the internet open and free. The legislation will reverse the disastrous repeal by President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late 2017 of critical net neutrality protections. The legislation is co-sponsored by 46 Senate Democrats.

The Save the Internet Act enacts the three legacy net neutrality principles – no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization – and empowers the FCC to prohibit unjust, unreasonable and discriminatory practices. The legislation also ensures consumers can make informed decisions when shopping for internet plans and restores the FCC’s authority to fund broadband access and deployment, particularly for rural communities and struggling Americans. The Save the Internet Act codifies the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order in a similar manner to last year’s Congressional Review Act that passed the Senate and had bipartisan support in the House.

The legislation, introduced and lead-sponsored by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) in the Senate and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) in the House, was unveiled at a press conference today by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.).

“When the Republican-led FCC repealed net neutrality rules, they handed the big internet service providers the car keys and left American families and small businesses standing on the sidewalk,” said Leader Schumer. “Special interests and the biggest corporations shouldn’t get to decide how consumers access the internet. Democrats are fighting for everyone who relies on the free and open internet. We call on Republicans to join the vast majority of Americans who oppose the FCC’s horribly misguided decision and support this legislation to restore net neutrality.”

“When we talk about a free and open internet, we mean an internet that is free from corporate control and open to anyone to communicate, innovate and connect,” said Senator Markey. “Net neutrality ensures that when you pay your monthly bill to your internet service provider, you can able to access all content on the web at the same speed as your neighbor or big corporations. The Save the Internet Act is clear and simple: overturn the Trump FCC’s wrongheaded decision and restore strong net neutrality protections. Whether in the halls of Congress or the halls of the courts, we will not stop fighting until net neutrality is fully restored. I thank my colleagues in the Senate and House for their partnership in this fight.”

“Consumers deserve protection from price-gouging cable companies,” said Senator Cantwell. “Regulators need to do their jobs and protect consumers.”

“People don’t want their internet service providers to have control over what they can see on the internet. That’s why we need this bill,” said Senator Schatz, the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet.“Consumers need all the help they can get when it comes to internet service, so I hope we see bipartisan support and quick action in passing this bill.”

“The free and open Internet is a pillar of our democracy,” said Speaker Pelosi. “It is an honor to join Democrats from both sides of the Capitol to introduce this strong legislation, which honors the will of the millions of Americans speaking out to demand an end to the Trump assault on net neutrality. Democrats are proudly taking bold action to restore net neutrality protections: lowering costs and increasing choice for consumers, giving entrepreneurs a level playing field on which to compete, helping bring broadband to every corner of the country, and ensuring that American innovation and entrepreneurialism can continue to be the envy of the world.”

“The Save the Internet Act puts consumers first by once again putting a cop on the beat at the FCC and protecting them from abusive and discriminatory practices by internet service providers,” said Chairman Pallone. “This legislation protects a free and open internet, and I look forward to moving it through the Committee soon.”

“The bill we’re introducing today would provide essential protections against abusive Internet Service Provider practices like throttling, blocking, and paid prioritization to prevent or reduce competition,” said Rep. Doyle.

“The Save the Internet Act puts power back in the hands of the American people by restoring net neutrality,” said Rep. Clarke. “We have promised the American people to restore open, unrestricted access to the internet and build out high-speed internet to every, school, small business and community in America still waiting for it. Today we are keeping that promise.”

A copy of the Save the Internet Act can be found HERE. Click HERE for comments of support from consumer groups.

All Senators co-sponsoring the legislation include: Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Robert Casey (D-Penn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jackie Rosen (D-Nev.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), John Tester (D-Mont.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).


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It's really a shame that the Save The Internet Act To Restore Net Neutrality Protections is so partisan... this really shouldn't be so one sided. This act helps to ensure everyone has the same Internet access equally.

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The Save the Internet Act would restore net neutrality, by overruling Ajit Pai's repeal of net neutrality. The public overwhelmingly supports net neutrality. But because of unanimous Republican opposition, we can only afford to lose two Democrats on this crucial vote for The Save the Internet Act — and FOUR Democrats who have gotten money from Big Cable/ISP still aren't on board. mad

The Four Democrats that are threatening to kill the Save the Internet Act

  • Reps. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina
    Rep. Butterfield's #1 contributor is AT&T
  • Tom O'Halleran of Arizona
    Comcast is Rep. O'Halleran's third biggest donor.
  • Tony Cárdenas of California
    AT&T Inc is his #3 contributor
  • Kurt Schrader of Oregon
    Comcast Corp is his #9 largest contributor
    AT&T Inc is his #10 largest contributor
    He ran for reelection telling constituents he supports net neutrality
And Darren Soto of Florida is a co-sponsor of Save the Internet Act but is now making noise about cutting deals with the Big Cable companies. Soto ran for reelection telling constituents he supported net neutrality.

It's obvious why these Democrats are waffling on net neutrality now. It's not that their constituents oppose net neutrality or that they suddenly realized that it might not be good policy.

Soto and Schrader now they are both openly saying they think the bill should probably be weakened.

Here's the good news. Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of net neutrality, and nearly 40 opponents of net neutrality were replaced in the last election. With Republicans on the subcommittee united in opposition, we need these Democrats to lead. Voters expect Congress to act, and to get net neutrality back in place.

Demand Progress is calling constituents in these key districts and directly patching them through to their representative to urge them to pass the Save the Internet Act with no loophole amendments from Big Cable. These calls are really effective, tell your friends and family in North Carolina, Arizona, California & Oregon to reach out to their representatives telling them to vote for and to support the Save the Internet Act.

Don't let big money and lobbyists control our future!

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Sign the petition and call on Congress to pass the legislation to fully restore net neutrality!

Tell Congress:
Support the ‘Save the Internet Act’to Restore Net Neutrality!

IMPORTANT: Note: They do contact congress but they also share your email address with their petition partners (see the long list at the bottom of the sign up page). SO use an email that you are prepared to receive a lot of "Bla Ba Bla" on a variety of current issues. All the email's received come with an opt out option.

You can also give them a fake email address/street address but use a correct zip code to see which Congressional phone number you should call.

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It’s been more than a month since the House passed legislation that would save the open internet and restore Net Neutrality as the law of the land — but Mitch McConnell is refusing to move it in the Senate. Instead, he’s bragging about being the “grim reaper” for legislation he doesn’t like.

Contact your senators and let them know this bill must be brought to the floor and passed.

Give Mitch hell

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"Net neutrality law to take effect in California after judge deals blow to telecom industry"
From the Washington Post.

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What Is Net Neutrality? Myths and Realities
October 12, 2023
Timothy Karr

No single issue seems to scare large phone and cable companies more than Net Neutrality.

That’s because Net Neutrality is built on the sound legal notion that broadband access must be classified under Title II of the Communications Act, which gives the Federal Communications Commission the comprehensive authority it needs to hold powerful companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon accountable.

Lawyers and lobbyists working for these companies don’t like this, and they are willing to tell all manner of lies to prevent the FCC from restoring the popular rules that the Trump administration dismantled in 2017. Restoring Title II oversight would enable the FCC to protect Net Neutrality — and to track service outages, rein in abuses by monopoly-minded internet service providers (ISPs) and help make broadband more affordable, ubiquitous and competitive.

One of the things we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is that high-speed internet is not a luxury item but essential infrastructure. Broadband allows people to access education, employment, health-care services, emergency alerts, voting information and more. If you believe that the agency charged with oversight of this infrastructure needs the ability to stop ISPs from ripping off or otherwise abusing internet users, you should support Title II reclassification.

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel now has the votes needed to restore the agency’s rightful authority to protect internet users in this way, and has announced her plan to do just that. To undermine this effort, the industry’s coin-operated sock-puppets have cranked up their Title II myth machine. Free Press is duty bound to debunk these industry lies as we have an untold number of times in the past.

So let’s set the record straight … again.

Myth #1: Title II is ‘heavy-handed internet regulation.’

Despite what these companies claim, Title II authority is not a regulation of the internet itself. Rather, it gives the FCC oversight of monopoly-minded broadband providers that provide last-mile connectivity to users. These ISPs don’t represent the internet any more than lumber companies like Georgia Pacific and Weyerhaeuser represent the forest.

If there are going to be rules for the online road, they must be designed to protect the rights of internet users, and not the profit margins of massive — and massively unpopular — phone and cable companies.

For all the fear-mongering about more regulation, the draft of the “notice of proposed rulemaking” that Rosenworcel released offers a light touch. For example, it explicitly refrains from imposing 26 Title II provisions, while also “clarifying that the commission will not regulate rates.”

“They say this is a stalking horse for rate regulation,” Rosenworcel said. “Nope. No how, no way. We know competition is the best way to bring down rates for consumers. And approaches like the Affordable Connectivity Program are the best bet for making sure service is affordable for all.”

Myth #2: Title II rules are a ‘solution in search of a problem.’

This is the most prolific talking point of the anti-Net Neutrality set. Just Google it. Their claim is that ISPs would never, ever throttle content that they don’t like while prioritizing websites and services that they do. That myth has been thoroughly busted. Over the past two decades, providers both in the United States and abroad have violated Net Neutrality — and they’ll continue doing so absent Title II oversight.

And while these companies now claim to respect the open internet, they have also said that they need to violate open-internet principles to implement new discriminatory pay-to-play business models.

So which is it? The answer is that ISPs will do whatever they can to maximize their profits — like that time that the wireless services of AT&T, Sprint and Verizon blocked access to Google Wallet, a mobile-payment system that competed with a service that all three companies had a stake in developing. Or that time Comcast secretly blocked peer-to-peer file-sharing technologies that its customers were using over its network.

The problem is real. The solution is Title II oversight.

Myth #3: The Biden FCC should be focusing on ‘real problems,’ such as obstacles to broadband deployment and accessibility.

The largest obstacles to broadband deployment and accessibility are the ISPs themselves. This problem came into full view at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis as people came to rely more heavily on broadband to learn about vital health-care services, search for work, access remote schooling and connect to other essential benefits. At the time, Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai implored ISPs to “Keep Americans Connected” — even though he ditched his own agency’s authority to challenge broadband providers that cut people off during such emergencies.

And while hundreds of ISPs signed Pai’s toothless and voluntary pledge, there were widespread reports that these same companies continued to shut off hundreds of internet connections, leaving many people across the United States without access to this lifesaving infrastructure.

Even prior to the pandemic — thanks again to the Trump FCC’s decision to repeal the Title II Net Neutrality rules — the agency lacked the authority it needed to monitor and address broadband outages that threatened public safety. This was especially problematic during times of natural and man-made emergencies, like forest fires, flooding and hurricanes.

Reclassifying broadband access as a Title II service will allow the FCC to require that ISPs address such internet outages. Title II classification also supports FCC efforts to ensure that we have resilient networks that are capable of withstanding and recovering from disasters. And it gives the agency a path to prevent ISPs from throttling first responders’ emergency communications, which occurred when Verizon throttled a fire department’s allegedly “unlimited” data during 2018’s deadly California wildfires.

Myth #4: The FCC’s Obama-era Open Internet Order hampered capital investments, delaying new broadband deployment and innovation.

This is a favorite fib repeated by Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and parroted by industry mouthpieces. It’s also easy to debunk using freely available Securities and Exchange Commission data on broadband capital expenditures before, during and after the two-year period that Title II oversight was in effect.

If broadband investment is the FCC’s preferred metric, then there’s only one possible conclusion: Net Neutrality and Title II were smashing successes. According to Free Press research, capital investments by publicly traded ISPs were 5 percent higher following the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet vote when compared to the two years prior to the adoption of these rules. During this time, cable-industry physical-network investments increased 48 percent compared to the amount invested during the prior two years. Cable ISPs’ core network investments accelerated dramatically in 2016, representing the highest single-year jump since 1999.

ISPs continued to enjoy robust revenue and profit growth in the two years following Title II reclassification, even as wireless consumers saw greater cost declines during this same period. After the Trump FCC repealed Title II in 2017, however, the ISP industry recorded a year of lower aggregate investment. A 2018 decline came despite the Trump tax cuts, which — like massive deregulation at the FCC — were supposed to spur large investments. That didn’t happen.

All the available data indicate that the Obama-era decision to adopt strong rules worked as intended, benefiting internet users, broadband-access providers and the myriad businesses that distribute services over the open internet.

Don’t believe us? Then listen to the executives at major ISPs. After the Obama-era FCC reclassified broadband access under Title II, Comcast’s leadership told its investors that Title II “really hasn’t affected the way we have been doing our business or will do our business.” And Charter’s CEO said: “I mean, Title II, it didn’t really hurt us; it hasn’t hurt us.”

It’s important to remember that the internet economy is about far more than the size of these executives’ salaries or the dominance of their companies. Protecting broadband access under Title II is good for all businesses that rely on the internet to make a buck — a.k.a., nearly every business out there. Anyone who tells you otherwise is ignoring the numbers.

Myth #5: Net Neutrality is a ‘hyper-partisan, politicized’ issue.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you’ve been on hold for hours with your phone or cable provider, you know the frustration of dealing with companies that feel no accountability to the public. It’s no secret that people loathe these companies: Major broadband providers have repeatedly ranked at the bottom of customer-service satisfaction indices.

Internet users want choices, privacy protections, and a free and open internet. These needs are practical, not political — which is why for years public polling has shown broad support across the political spectrum for Net Neutrality rules and FCC oversight.

University of Maryland public polling in 2022 showed that majorities of voters from all major parties rejected the Trump administration’s repeal and supported reinstating the FCC’s power to protect internet users. It found that more than 72 percent of all those surveyed “favor reinstating Net Neutrality regulations,” including 65.4 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of Democrats and 67.5 percent of independents.

The overwhelming and ongoing cross-partisan support is why millions of people from all 50 states have called on the FCC to enforce Title II oversight, breaking all prior records for public participation in an agency rulemaking.

Myth #6: The FCC lacks statutory authority over broadband-internet access; reinstating Title II is pointless because it won’t survive judicial review.

The FCC has clear authority to reinstate Title II. This authority has survived judicial review on multiple occasions, including a 2005 Supreme Court decision that upheld the agency’s right to exercise its expertise and discretion in interpreting these laws. Moreover, a 2016 U.S. Court of Appeals decision by the D.C. Circuit rejected a broadband-industry challenge and upheld the Obama FCC’s Open Internet Order in all respects, stating that the agency exercised its proper authority when it reclassified broadband-internet access as a telecom service under Title II. And in 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed that California also had the statutory authority it needed to enforce the state’s own Net Neutrality law.

The courts have consistently ruled that state and federal regulators have the power to protect everyone’s right to connect and communicate online, and can choose the correct legal path to prevent online discrimination and abuse by the likes of AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. In the case of the FCC, that path is paved by Title II.

Myth #7: It’s been nearly six years since the Trump FCC repealed the Open Internet Order and nothing bad has happened.

When Pai stripped internet users of the federal protections that flow from Title II oversight, dozens of state-level lawmakers and more than a hundred mayors rushed into the void to put in place local Net Neutrality protections of their own. This patchwork line of defense has managed to restrain the ISPs from moving forward on previously stated plans to throttle the connection of popular websites that don’t pay extra for using their pipes.

Backed by a groundswell of grassroots activism, these leaders managed to hold the line via state laws, executive orders and ISP-contracting policies. The cumulative effect is a loose set of open-internet policies that have prevented much of the outright throttling and prioritization that many had feared. “But when you are dealing with the most essential infrastructure in the digital age, we benefit from one national policy,” Rosenworcel said as she announced her intention to restore a nationwide Title II standard to broadband access.

We agree. The United States needs a national policy so everyone, everywhere is guaranteed the same protections. Having this will help guide changing technology to better serve internet users, and prevent anti-competitive ISPs from stifling innovation and shutting out new entrants to cement their market dominance.

Free Press looks forward to helping Rosenworcel and her colleagues fix Trump-era FCC mistakes, debunk the industry lies and return these basic internet protections to people across the United States.

With a national Title II regime back in place, internet users will be able to log on knowing that their broadband provider won’t violate their online rights without being held to account. And that’s the truth.

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