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  • Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly want the commission to break with past practice by releasing the entire proposal before the vote. Typically, the FCC releases a summary of the proposal but not the entire document until after it votes on it.
  • In accordance with long-standing FCC process followed in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Chairman Wheeler circulated his proposal to his fellow Commissioners for review three weeks before the scheduled vote. The Chairman has seriously considered all input he has received on this important matter, including feedback from his FCC colleagues.”
  • Copps wrote on Twitter that Pai and O'Rielly are "way off base" in the comparison to the 2003 media ownership rules. The FCC's record in the current net neutrality proceeding is far more extensive than the "vacuous media ownership decision from 2003 that @FCC voted on and [a] court rejected as totally inadequate," he wrote.

  • Twitter notes Wheeler’s proposed use of Title II of the Communications Act to ground net neutrality rules, and then endorses the proposed impact of the rules, and not their legal foundation
  • Parsing aside, Twitter did the FCC a solid today by writing its post — each time an innovative Internet company comes out publicly in favor of net neutrality, it undercuts the argument promulgated by opponents of the regulatory concept that business will be stifled by the introduction of open Internet rules.

  • In a letter sent to Wheeler, dozens of musicians wrote in their letter that “there is a public interest imperative in preserving an open Internet and the creative sector is a huge part of this interest.”

  • Wheeler noted that ISPs have said a Title II approach will chill investment, but the prospect of such rules has not stopped wireless carriers and other entities from bidding nearly $45 billion in the AWS-3 spectrum auction.
  • He noted that under Section 332 of the Telecommunications Act, wireless carriers are regulated as Title II common carriers, but crucially the FCC is instructed to forbear, or abstain, from "what are onerous provisions and inappropriate provisions," except for Sections 201, 202 and 208 of the law.  
  • At the same time, he said, there should be no need for ISPs to file tariffs, informational activities and other onerous requirements of Title II.

  • The permissionless Internet, which allows anyone to introduce a website, app or device without government review, ends this week.
  • No one, including the bullied FCC chairman,                Tom Wheeler,         thought the agency would go this far
  • Those harmed by the new rules could argue in court that political pressure made the agency’s actions “arbitrary and capricious.”

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  • "New taxes and fees" could total "$15 billion annually," Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, claimed in an op-ed. It's "Obamacare for the internet," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) hollered.
  • Norquist and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), another net neutrality foe, have cited a study by the Progressive Policy Institute to support their argument. Two weeks before Sen. Lee blasted out his email, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, who writes the Washington Post's "Fact-Checker" column, gave Norquist and Blackburn "three Pinocchios" for this—in part because the PPI study didn't say what they claimed it did.
  • The PPI study relies on the assumption that, if the FCC decides to treat the internet as a telecom service, local and state regulators across the country will apply existing telecom fees to internet services

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  • Her statement implies that LGBT people and people of color have achieved equality. They haven’t. LGBT justice and racial justice still have far to go. It blatantly ignores coalition building that has happened across movements. Arquette excludes women of color and queer women with her statement. Women have multiple, intersecting identities. To ignore that fact erases many women’s existence.

  • Might the ecosystem be witnessing the first meaningful sign that the cable bundle — a linchpin of television economics for two decades — is fraying?
  • History shows that incumbents really don’t react to disruptive products and services until it’s too late. That’s because either the market is too small or there’s a risk of cannibalizing one’s own business.

  • Schulman said there has been plenty of case law, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions, to establish that people have no expectation of privacy from the air, and that law enforcement doesn’t need a warrant to surveil someone from an altitude of several hundred feet.

  • Existing federal law and judicial rulings make it clear property owners do not enjoy unlimited privacy rights to their airspace. In fact, some believe that drones — quadcopters, octocopters, and other small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles — are already governed under the same laws that regulate aircraft like helicopters and airplanes.
  • But shotguns aside, do we even have a legal expectation of privacy when it comes to being photographed from above?
  • Jackson thinks existing laws don’t do nearly enough. That’s why the Santa Barbara Democrat introduced a bill designed to specifically make it illegal to fly a drone without permission over someone’s property at an altitude of less than 400 feet. Airspace over 400 feet is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, she said.

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  • Surveillance is the business model of the Internet, and Google is one of the most successful companies at that. To claim that Google protects your privacy better than anyone else is to profoundly misunderstand why Google stores your data for free in the first place.
  • cryptography pioneer Whitfield Diffie. Diffie said:


    You can’t have privacy without security, and I think we have glaring failures in computer security in problems that we’ve been working on for 40 years. You really should not live in fear of opening an attachment to a message. It ought to be confined; your computer ought to be able to handle it. And the fact that we have persisted for decades without solving these problems is partly because they’re very difficult, but partly because there are lots of people who want you to be secure against everyone but them. And that includes all of the major computer manufacturers who, roughly speaking, want to manage your computer for you. The trouble is, I’m not sure of any practical alternative.

  • Governments are no different. The FBI wants people to have strong encryption, but it wants backdoor access so it can get at your data

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  • Hulu today is introducing a new feature called Watchlist, designed to offer users a smarter and more personalized area featuring the shows you’re interested in viewing
  • replaces three others features on Hulu: your Queue, your Favorites and the Shows You Watch
  • it begins to learn about your preferences over time. That is, the shows it displays are ordered based on your own viewing behavior

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  • Ironically, the industry can blame Verizon for where we are now. In 2010, Verizon sued the FCC after the commission took a first stab at ensuring net neutrality. Verizon argued that the agency had overstepped its bounds.

    An appeals court ruled last year in Verizon's favor. But it also said that if the FCC wanted net neutrality, it had all the authority it needed by just reclassifying the Internet as a utility. Boom.

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