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FCC explains why public support for net neutrality won’t stop repeal

Pai’s proposal says that the tens of thousands of complaints do not prove that the net neutrality rules solve any real problems. “The Commission takes consumer complaints seriously and finds them valuable in informing us about trends in the marketplace, but we reiterate that they are informal complaints that, in most instances, have not been verified,” the proposal said. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2hLvyJ6

You have 30 more days to tell Ajit Pai not to neuter broadband

While it’s attacking net neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pushing a second proposal that could also limit internet freedom. Under Tom Wheeler, broadband was redefined to mean 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds, but Pai’s FCC wants to change that to include mobile networks with meager 10Mbps/1Mbps speeds. That hasn’t been as well-publicized as the Title II issue, so many folks aren’t aware that the comment period expires tomorrow. After a letter from 12 Democrat Senators urging an extension, however, the FCC agreed to prolong it by 30 days. – Steve Dent, Engadget http://ift.tt/2xOrhLT

Hollywood Writers: Set-top Box Piracy Fears Are Overblown

Comments submitted by the Writers Guild of America, West this week suggest that piracy fears are being overblown. This is an unexpected stance from a labor union represents thousands of screen writers in Hollywood and Southern California, many of whom work for the major movie and TV studios. Instead of repeating the piracy concerns, the writers believe that it’s crucial to offer the public more choice and they expect that the proposal will benefit both consumers and content creators. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

Colleen Ballinger Sings To Her Trolls And The Money They’ve Made For Her

photo: Colleen Evans, Youtube

YouTube star Colleen Evans (AKA Colleen Ballinger, as well as Miranda Sings) handles comment section criticism like a pro. With over 2.5 million subscribers, Evans just had to write a song about her trolls to show her strength. The tune, which calls out the trolls’ poor grammar and bullying, reveals a positive side of the negativity (at least for Evans). – Chris Huqueriza, Women’s Rights News via The Daily Dot

Pandora CEO: Apple Music has had ‘no impact’ on our business

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[I]t’s perhaps a bit too premature to start wondering whether or not Apple Music has what it takes to put a dent into Spotify and Pandora’s respective bottom lines. With respect to Pandora in particular, CEO Brian McAndrews recently said during an earnings conference call that the threat posed by Apple Music, at this point, is much ado about nothing. Not only does McAndrews not see Apple Music as a viable threat today, he doesn’t believe it will pose much of a threat in the long-term either. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

WTF of the Week: FCC Commissioner Says People Don’t Need the Internet

It is important to note that Internet access is not a necessity in the day-to-day lives of Americans and doesn’t even come close to the threshold to be considered a basic human right. I am not in any way trying to diminish the significance of the Internet in our daily lives. I recognized earlier how important it may be for individuals and society as a whole. But, people do a disservice by overstating its relevancy or stature in people’s lives. People can and do live without Internet access, and many lead very successful lives. Instead, the term “necessity” should be reserved to those items that humans cannot live without, such as food, shelter, and water. – Michael O’Rielly, FCC via Zach Epstein, BGR

Music Streaming is “just dressed-up piracy” says Rosanne Cash

Singer and songwriter Roseanne Cash has testified passionately before Congress on the need for copyright reform. But Johnny Cash’s little girl also has some strong opinions about music streaming – including paid services like Spotify. She took to Facebook this week to throw a few bombs at what she sees as pirates dressed in new clothing. – Bruce Houghton,Hypebot 
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FCC received a total of 3.7 million comments on net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission finished accepting comments on its controversial net neutrality proposal last night, and it closed out as by far the most-commented issue in agency history with a total of approximately 3.7 million replies. […] Net neutrality advocates have been deeply concerned about the new proposal. Though the proposal is meant to protect net neutrality — the idea that all internet traffic, no matter what it is or where it’s coming from, should be treated equally — it would actually undermine it, allowing internet providers to create so-called fast lanes that might give an edge to companies that can afford to pay. Advocates would instead like to see the commission reclassify broadband as a utility, thus subjecting it to tighter regulations. Based on an automated analysis of just over 800,000 comments, the Sunlight Foundation believes that two-thirds of initial comments supported that reclassification. – Jacob Kastrenakes,The Verge
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