Thursday, July 26, 2018

Nebraska Congressman accused by FTFF of sandbagging discharge petition on net neutrality vote



I got an email from Fight for the Future about Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) has taken money from telecoms but refused to sign a discharge petition to vote for a modified net neutrality bill in Congress.
  
Here is their link.  They want to raise money for a highway billboard campaign, especially in Nebraska and the midwest (I have a lot of ties to KU and Kansas). 
  
I’ll leave the decisions on donations to the judgment of the visitors.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Small ISP's fight anti-competitive claims by big telecom's on "unbundled network elements" (UNE's)



USTelecom, a trade association of seven major telecom companies, wants to have the right to starve smaller ISP’s out of existence (including community or municipal owned), according to story on on Engadget by Nicole Lee, tweeted by Electronic Frontier Foundation, by rolling back part of the 1996 Telecommunications Act (which contains Section 230) that requires them to sell unbundled network elements (UNE’s) to smaller companies.

Ernesto Falcon had written about this problem on June 8 for EFF, as a “fight for their lives” of smaller companies.
  
It’s pretty easy to imagine who this jives with the network neutrality “repeal”.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kavanaugh has a bizarre way of applying the First Amendment to telecoms, undermining net neutrality


I’ll pass along “Fight for the Future” group’s emergency link  and let the visitor decide.

The group FTFF writes about Brett Kavanaugh’s views on network neutrality, which it says are a misinterpretation of the First Amendment. “ ISPs are like newspaper editors, empowered to decide what speech is suitable to share and what isn’t. This, simply put, is nuts. It’s like saying the electric utility can decide what we can plug in and what we can’t.”  I think he is comparing a telecom to a cable service that just doesn’t carry all possible channels.  (Comcast doesn’t carry OANN, for example, and I’ve brought this up with both companies.  But there is a difference between cable service and Internet/web access.   Kavanaugh does allow the idea of regulation telecoms that have no competition in their service areas. 

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Broadband for America sends out confusing call to action on discharge petition


I’ll pass along Broadband for America’s call to reject H.R.joint resolution 129, in Congress, here.  Here is the associated discharge petition  to express disapproval of Pai’s weakening of net neutrality rules, effective June 11.

  
However this group seems to be a front for a corporate anti-net neutrality lobbying effort, as in this story.

Update: July 8

Comcast has been accused of "pseudo-throttling" but only end-users, not publishers (would not be illegal under Obama), nevertheless, FTFF raised the alarm.