FCC stonewalling probe of 'massive scheme' involving fake net neutrality comments, Ne

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FCC stonewalling probe of 'massive scheme' involving fake net neutrality comments, New York attorney general says - ABC News
By J.J. GALLAGHER

"New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released an open letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, accusing the agency of stonewalling his office's investigation into what he called a "massive scheme" to inundate the FCC's public net neutrality review process with fake comments."
"The process the FCC has employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to current net neutrality rules has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities and the FCC has been unwilling to assist my office in our efforts to investigate this unlawful activity," Schneiderman wrote to Pai, a Republican appointed to head the agency by President Donald Trump."
"Net neutrality rules prevent internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and others from charging more to access certain websites. The rules were established to provide an equal playing field online."




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Listen Folks! EVERY ONE needs to get involved in this very important Net Neutrality issue! The stakes are just too high to forget about it, ignore or think that others will take care of it. They won't. It is all up to Each and Everyone of us to make sure that Republicans do not change the very fair and equitable Obama rules on Net Neutrality. Anything less could end up costing you MORE!

Let YOUR VOICE Be Heard NOW!
 

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This one is really overblown, I have to say. For one, it's not at all clear that the rules the Obama administration imposed are required to enforce net neutrality, and there is a basic wisdom to the principle that if a rule is not going to be broken if it does not exist, it should not exist.

For another, Pai --- who I don't especially agree with, setting aside my pride for any Kansan who is in a position of national leadership --- is not just straight-up repealing the rules, he's replacing them with requirements that all fees and slowdowns which net neutrality advocates fear must be a matter that an ISP takes no measures to conceal. In this way, it does become a market-enforced status of affairs.

Any ISP which dares to cap speeds or, especially, restrict access to certain domains will experience an immediate and unstoppable tide of customers switching off of their network. With mobile phone providers moving closer and closer to 5G data use nationwide, there will soon be enough fish in the sea that only anti-competitive practices would be able to shield an ISP from such consequences, and we have rules to deal with that which we should be mobilizing to enforce rather than crying out for new rules.

Finally, the net neutrality debate makes a mountain out of a molehill when there's an active statovolcano in Silicon Valley we will have to tackle sooner or later --- the main reason you don't hear as much about it is because the companies responsible donate to Democrats. Google has gained a generally unrestricted ability to de-list and otherwise suppress content it doesn't like, in a way that has nothing to do with how the data comes and how fast. Facebook can certainly push content providers in similar ways. And in general these firms are becoming the new Standard Oil.