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Ninth Circuit Court to Hear Net Neutrality Lawsuit

Mozilla, consumer groups, and more than half the states in the country (including California) have sued [Federal Communications Commission], claiming it ignored the experts, ignored all objective data, and ignored the will of the public when it rushed to repeal the popular consumer protections at AT&T, Verizon and Comcast behest. – Karl Bode, DSL Reports http://ift.tt/2Df2phK

People are furiously criticizing Amazon over the NRA’s streaming TV channel

NRA TV is one of the ways the organization disseminates its message. According to The New York Times, the NRA’s television endeavors are part of a program that spent more than $35 million in recent years, and the NRA’s YouTube channel has over 8 million followers. If citizens wanted to curb the gun-rights group’s reach, targeting its distribution channels would be one way to go. But it seems the current Twitter mob hasn’t noticed that Amazon isn’t the only one hosting NRA TV. The channel is on all of the major streaming platforms, including Apple and Roku. – Cale Guthrie Weissman, Fast Company http://ift.tt/2EK9fgN

Comcast found a way to raise other cable companies’ prices, rivals say

The issue relates to Comcast’s ownership of regional sports networks that are marketed under the brand of Comcast’s NBC subsidiary. Comcast wants to redefine the so-called “minimum penetration policy,” essentially making it impossible for small cable companies to sell a cheap, basic tier of TV service that doesn’t include higher-priced channels, the ACA alleged. – Jon. Brodkin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2wQqNny

Cable Lobby Still Busy Hallucinating Broadband Competition

[NCTA: The Internet and Television Association] utilized a baseline definition of 3 Mbps downstream for broadband, despite the fact that the FCC redefined broadband as 25 Mbps down back in 2014 (a move the NCTA strongly opposed for what should be obvious reasons). Raise the bar to 25 Mbps, and the picture immediately gets less attractive, with two thirds of America unable to get those speeds from more than one provider. The cable lobby’s claims about dropping prices are misleading as well. While these uncompetitive providers often keep their advertised price the same, they’ve taken to getting their pound of flesh in other ways. – Karl Bode, DSL Reports http://ift.tt/2vYOlqt

Even the cable industry’s top lobbyist thinks cable customer care is awful

To oversimplify things a bit, cable lobbyists’ jobs are to believe cable companies can do no wrong, and to convince other people that the interests of their clients, regardless of how ridiculous they might be, are in consumers’ best interest as well.

It is particularly interesting, then, to learn that the cable industry’s top lobbyist has openly admitted that his clients’ customer service departments are subpar at best. – Zach Epstein, BGR

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This video opposing net neutrality is too ridiculous to be criticized

The worst propaganda is a YouTube video deceitfully titled “Clearing up Net Neutrality.” Produced by the conservative lobbying group FreedomWorks, which has reportedly taken money from both Verizon and AT&T, the 86-second production features a public relations employee hurling technologically illiterate accusations at supporters of the open Internet. The video, which is calculated to play on the layperson’s ignorance, unintentionally reveals the outright falsehoods of net neutrality opponents’ arguments. […] Most viewers are probably unaware that [Iris Somberg]’s organization has received funding from the very companies who stand to profit most from the death of net neutrality. FreedomWorks wants those naive individuals to believe that it’s actually speaking out against an injustice. The lie would be insulting if it weren’t so transparent. – Dell Cameron,The Daily Dot
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Net neutrality has some unlikely new champions, including Ford, UPS and Visa

So why were these huge companies, which typically aren’t the biggest fans of government regulation, pushing the FCC to reclassify ISPs under Title II? According to documents filed with the commission, all these companies are concerned that American ISPs have “terminating access monopolies,” which the companies were all concerned would be exploited to the detriment of online commerce as a whole. These revelations are all very interesting even though the companies involved don’t want anyone to know about their lobbying and they’re all denying that they specifically lobbied the FCC to enact Title II even though the newly unearthed documents show otherwise. – Bloomberg Businessweek via Brad Reed,BGR
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The worst video ever explains why you should fear municipal fiber and love Comcast

Once a day or so, I get propaganda messages from a pro-cable company advocacy group called Net Competition that tries to convince me that I should absolutely love my incumbent ISP and fear anything that could possibly give it real competition, including both government-funded municipal broadband networks and privately funded broadband networks such as Google Fiber. […] The push in some markets to build municipal broadband networks arose simply because so many citizens have grown fed up with their incumbent ISPs and they want some kind of alternative to the unacceptably bad service they’re getting. If Comcast and Time Warner Cable don’t want to deal with municipal broadband projects then maybe they should try to do something truly radical, such as try to make sure their customers don’t hate them quite so much. – Brad Reed,BGR
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AT&T: Cities should never offer Internet service where ISPs already do or might later

“GONs [government-owned networks] should not be utilized where the private sector already is providing broadband or can be expected to do so in a reasonable timeframe,” AT&T attorneys wrote in a filing with the FCC on Friday. “Although many GONs have failed, or at least failed to live up to expectations, GONs can nonetheless discourage private sector investment because of understandable concerns by private sector entities of a non-level playing field. And any policy that risks diminishing private sector investment would be short-sighted and unwise.” – Jon Brodkin,Ars Technica
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How big telecom smothers city-run broadband

Tullahoma, Tennessee is just one battlefront in a nationwide war that the telecommunications giants are fighting against the spread of municipal broadband networks. For more than a decade, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable Inc., and CenturyLink Inc. have spent millions of dollars to lobby state legislatures, influence state elections, and buy research to try to stop the spread of public Internet services that often offer faster speeds at cheaper rates. […] Now the fight has gone national. The Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC, is considering requests from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina, to pre-empt state laws that block municipalities from building or expanding broadband networks, hindering economic growth, the cities argue. – Allan Holmes,Ars Technica
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