net neutrality

theverge.com
Trump’s new FCC chief is Ajit Pai, and he wants to destroy net neutrality
Donald Trump has elevated Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, giving control over the agency to a reliable conservative who’s been opposed to pretty much every big action...
By Jacob Kastrenakes

Just in case y’all needed any more reasons to loathe and despise Donald Trump, he just appointed an FCC chief who is expressly anti-net-neutrality and gives zero shits about the potential of cable companies merging to form a monopoly over both TV and internet.

Best hope social media and regular media/news sites are in the first/basic tier of internet packages, because that’s what’s coming without net neutrality: cable companies will prioritize traffic to certain websites, and websites will have to pay more to make their site prioritized, and we will probably be sold the internet in much the same way we are sold television: in packages and tiers of channels, based on how much you’re willing to pay. Imagine a world where you paying your cable bill no longer gets you access to an open internet, but rather, you must pay extra to get access to certain levels of information on the internet. Imagine people with less money getting a smaller internet, with less information and less access. Because that could be what’s coming.

I will fight, tooth and nail, against this fuckery. Not in my lifetime. Not in my country. Access to information is a right. An open, accessible internet is not something we can compromise on. Net neutrality is a must.

Trump’s FCC Chief Ajit Pai would kill net neutrality. That’d be a disaster.

  • Ajit Pai, the senior Republican on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been appointed FCC chairman under President Donald Trump.
  • Pai replaces Democrat Tom Wheeler, who resigned last month after serving as Chairman for three years.
  • During his time as a commissioner, Pai has held strong views opposing net neutrality — the principle that internet service providers should give consumers equal access to all legal content and applications without favoring or blocking particular sources — leaving advocates of an open internet concerned about the future.
  • Without net neutrality companies could, in theory, block certain content, slow down a user’s web experience and offer faster speeds to those willing to pay more. Read more

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People ask me how to get into animation, and I tell them (for starters) to put something on the internet. If you show that you can attract an audience without the support of massive advertising money, companies will want to hire you. The internet is a great way for new talent to make itself known.

If net neutrality goes away, though, we’ll have to return to a system where it’s all about “who you know”. Where your ideas are bought (and generally discarded) before you even have them. In short: Finish up those internet films, comics, and cartoons before you’re directly competing with the Big Six. They’ve already got Batman and Star Wars and they don’t want you.

On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoked all of the designations of Lifeline Broadband Providers and ordered the retraction of multiple reports, including the “E-rate Modernization Progress Report” and “Improving the Nation’s Digital Infrastructure.”
The American Library Association (ALA) is dismayed by these actions to reduce digital opportunity and revise the public record. ALA President Julie Todaro released the following statement.
“The American Library Association (ALA) strenuously objects to recent actions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). First, the ALA is alarmed by the sudden revocation of the nine Lifeline Broadband Provider designations. Reducing options for Lifeline broadband services is a step back in efforts to close the homework gap and digital divide, and is at odds with Chairman Pai’s stated desire to advance digital empowerment. The 2016 Lifeline modernization order represented a critical milestone in our national commitment to connect low-income Americans to the broadband that powers educational and economic opportunity. ALA and our nation’s 120,000 libraries are committed to advancing digital opportunity for all, and we urge the FCC to increase the number of broadband options available for Lifeline customers.
—  Julie Todaro, Alarming new FCC moves

A Trump presidency reopens the issue of net neutrality

  • One day it could cost you more money to watch a YouTube video than to check your email.
  • That’s what could happen if the United States ends net neutrality. 
  • The debate over net neutrality has flared up again following the appointment of Jeff Eisenach and Mark Jamison to Trump’s Federal Communications Commission landing team.
  • Both are staunch opponents of net neutrality. Read more

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THIS IS IMPORTANT AND WILL AFFECT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU

the FCC is trying (again) to put an end to net neutrality. This will mean profit for a lot of big websites and companies like your cable or ISP, and general shittiness for everyone else. It’s not a complicated issue. It’s a shady deal that needs to be stopped.

IF NET NEUTRALITY DIES:

YOUR ISPS AND CABLE COMPANIES WILL DECIDE HOW WELL YOUR INTERNET WORKS.

YOU WILL BE CHARGED MORE FOR USING CERTAIN WEBSITES.

YOU WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO CERTAIN WEBSITES.

YOU WILL HAVE SLOW AND SHITTY CONNECTIONS TO CERTAIN WEBSITES.

DO NOT LET THE FCC END NET NEUTRALITY

yall we really need to keep a close, close eye on the trump administration and the now-republican congress because both HATE net neutrality and are real threats to it. if they try anything we need to be ready to fight back against any laws because it will affect every single one of us; it won’t matter if you live in the U.S. or not. it will still affect you.

Remember net neutrality? That vital, democratic framework for keeping the internet open to everyone? You fought with us to introduce it as the law of the land, and then you fought with us again to make sure sure Congress didn’t undo it.

And now there’s been an update: Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the FCC’s proposed rules for internet providers. It’s an important milestone for permanently protecting the internet you know and love. 

You had a big hand in making this happen, Tumblr. Congrats.

The fight’s not over just yet. This could still go to the Supreme Court. Something to keep in mind when you vote this November, and something we’ll keep you updated on as the situation develops.

washingtonpost.com
Trump's FCC is stopping 9 companies from providing federally subsidized Internet to the poor
And it could signal broader restrictions for the program known as Lifeline.
By https://www.facebook.com/brian.d.fung

Trump’s newest yes man, Ajit Pai kills Lifeline. Net Neutrality is next! 

#StayWoke  “Ignorance is Strength”

The move, announced Friday by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, reverses a decision by his Democratic predecessor, Tom Wheeler, and undercuts the companies’ ability to provide low-cost Internet access to poorer Americans. In a statement,  Pai called the initial decisions a form of “midnight regulation.”

Ajit Pai’s Trumpian authoritarianism in full effect: 

“In some cases, commissioners were given no advance notice whatsoever of these midnight regulations,”

“In other cases, they were issued over the objection of two of the four commissioners. And in all cases, their release ran contrary to the wishes expressed by the leadership of our congressional oversight committees. These last-minute actions, which did not enjoy the support of the majority of commissioners at the time they were taken, should not bind us going forward. Accordingly, they are being revoked.”