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    Jessica Rosenworcel is now Biden's Acting Chairmwoman of the FCC After Trump’s FCC, under corporate shill Ajit Pai, did away with net neutrality consumer protections, many states and municipalities began looking into what could be done to protect their citizens from unregulated monopolies. California lawmakers and activists worked hard on a roller coaster of a bill, SB-822, that was considered the strictest protections being negotiated in the country. The bill, after being defanged with help of the telecommunications industry lobby, was ultimately restored to its strength and passed in 2018. The Trump administration sued California to stop the implementation of SB-822, but their arguments, on the face of it, were hypocritical at best.  On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez rejected the telecom industry lawyers’ arguments for stopping California’s implementation of SB-822, the country’s most strenuous net neutrality consumer protections law, saying that the Golden State can begin enforcing its law. This...
    California will soon implement its own net neutrality law after a judge’s ruling. U.S. Judge John Mendez, of the Eastern District of California, denied a motion for a preliminary injunction from a group of internet service providers that sought to halt the enforcement of the law on Tuesday. The ruling will allow the state to begin enforcing the rule soon, according to the state attorney general, Xavier Becerra. BIDEN DOJ DROPS TRUMP LAWSUIT AGAINST CONTROVERSIAL NET NEUTRALITY LAW “We applaud the Court for affirming that California has the power to protect access to the internet, and that net neutrality is vital for healthcare, education, public safety and economic growth. This is an important victory for all Californians and for our democracy,” Becerra said in a statement. “The ability of an internet service provider to block, slow down or speed up content based on a user’s ability to pay for...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge said on Tuesday he will not block California's state net neutrality law aimed at protecting the open internet, according to a lawyer who listened to the hearing. Several trade groups had filed suit to block California's net neutrality law of 2018 that has never taken effect. Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department withdrew its Trump-era legal challenge to the California law. Andrew Jay Schwartzman, a senior counselor for the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society that filed in support of California, said the judge's decision was a "huge victory for net neutrality." (Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, California
    An article about Wikipedia published last Thursday on the Fox News website examined the left-wing bias of the online encyclopedia. Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, stated in an interview for the article: “The days of Wikipedia’s robust commitment to neutrality are long gone.” Fox also interviewed economics professor Bryan Caplan regarding the slanted coverage of communism and socialism on their Wikipedia pages, notably the omission of atrocities carried out by communist governments. Fox cited other critics of the site and its biased handling of left-wing ideologies. Sanger previously published a blog post criticizing Wikipedia for its left-wing bias, declaring the site’s neutrality policy “dead” due to bias. In the Fox piece by Maxim Lott, Wikipedia is noted as having received less scrutiny than the other Big Tech firms. However, the piece further notes these tech firms, such as Google, also rely heavily on the site and Wikipedia itself is one...
    The Justice Department dropped its 2018 lawsuit challenging California’s state net neutrality rules on Monday, removing one of the law’s major roadblocks preventing it from going into effect. In 2017, the Trump Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the Obama-era internet regulations banning internet service providers, like AT&T and Verizon, from throttling or blocking traffic and implementing paid fast lanes. The following year, California passed its own law instituting net neutrality rules at the state level. That law was quickly challenged by the Trump-led Justice Department, which argued that California’s law was preempted by the FCC’s 2017 repeal. “I am pleased that the Department of Justice has withdrawn this lawsuit. When the FCC, over my objection, rolled back its net neutrality policies, states like California sought to fill the void with their own laws,” FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement Monday. “By taking this step, Washington...
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday withdrew its 2018 legal challenge to the state of California's state net neutrality law after the Trump administration had asked a court to block it. Under then-President Donald Trump, the Justice Department argued that federal law preempts the state statute to prohibit internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or offering paid fast lanes. The California law would reinstate those prohibitions in the state. A separate challenge to the California net neutrality law from industry is pending. (Reporting by David Shepardson) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, California
    Liberals are pressuring Democrats newly in power to pass net neutrality legislation, push for state-level internet regulations, and reinstate Obama-era Federal Communications Commission rules — the last of which they say is only a matter of time. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers should treat all data on the internet the same and not discriminate or charge differently based on where it’s coming from or to whom it’s going. Under Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC in 2017 voted down rules created by the commission in 2015 that classified internet service providers such as AT&T and Comcast as Title II public utilities, subject to FCC control. Democrats at the FCC are expected to reinstate the 2015 Title II regulations on internet service providers after President Biden nominates a fifth commissioner and gives them the majority. The rules were meant to ensure the providers could not block...
    Big Tech took a major step as the de facto arbiters of political speech by deplatforming former President Donald Trump and thousands of his supporters following the Capitol riot and Democratic Senate takeover early in January.
    Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said his family was so severely harassed in 2017 after he repealed the Obama-era internet rules known as net neutrality that he had to take extraordinary security measures. "People were threatening to murder my children," said Pai during an interview with the Washington Examiner. "So, my son, who was in kindergarten at the time, couldn't take the school bus to school for that entire year." Pai, who was confirmed to head the commission in 2017, stepped down from his position on Inauguration Day. He said the vicious attacks against his family were one of the worst events of his tenure. Pai said the protesters even violated the privacy of his home. "I had to spend thousands of dollars out of my own pocket for a home security system, my personal email account was hacked, my in-laws would get calls at three in...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The deal reached by European Union leaders in the early hours of Friday to cut net emissions at least 55% by 2030 is a step for the bloc towards having zero net emissions in 2050, the head of the European Commission said. "Today's agreement puts us on a clear path to climate neutrality in 2050," Ursula von der Leyen told a news conference after the deal was reached. She said the agreement gives certainty to investors and "will be our growth strategy." (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio and Robin Emmott. Editing by Jane Merriman) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Poland, environment, Czech Republic, European Union, EuropeGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan Conflict EscalatesNewsThe Week in Cartoons: Dec. 7-11RecommendedThe ReportNo Vaccine, No School? Best StatesStates With Most Older WorkersHealthiest CommunitiesThe 15 Richest Counties in the U.S.Health NewsFDA Panel Advises Use of Pfizer VaccinePoliticsTrump’s Morocco Agreement Faces GOP...
    TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged a 2 trillion yen ($19 billion) fund on Friday to promote ecological businesses and innovation to achieve his goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Suga, who took office in mid-September, set climate change as one of his main policy goals along with promoting a digital transformation of Japanese society — issues which were left behind by his predecessor, Shinzo Abe, who resigned because of ill health. “The fund is to bolster environmental investment as we aim to become a global leader in this area,” Suga said. He pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 in a policy speech in October, though it will be a major challenge given Japan’s significant reliance on fossil fuel. Suga, in his first full-fledged news conference since taking office, said Friday that his Cabinet plans next week to approve an economic package that will...
    Have a few minutes of celebration that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman and net neutrality killer Ajit Pai is stepping down and leaving the agency on Jan. 20. But only a few minutes, because what he and the Republican Senate have cooked up could keep net neutrality from becoming a reality that again has to be fought for. Pai's departure coincides with fast-tracking the nomination of Nathan Simington. What appears to be happening here is that the Senate is trying to jam Simington on to the FCC now so that when Pai steps down in January, the FCC will be hamstrung 2-2: two Democratic commissioners and two Republicans. They're engineering it so that Senate Republicans could block a nominee from President-elect Joe Biden. Campaign Action Simington has been Trump's accomplice in trying to limit free speech on the internet, or as Techdirt says, "the guy who wrote the utterly nonsensical, blatantly unconstitutional Executive Order...
    Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a long-time champion of net neutrality in Congress, is projected to keep his Senate seat in Massachusetts. Hide The Massachusetts senator defeated his Republican challenger Kevin O’Connor, who he faced after a grueling Democratic primary battle with Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) earlier this year. Hide NBC News called the race in favor of Markey at 7pm CT. The Associated Press also called the race for Markey at 7pm CT. During the primary battle with Kennedy, Markey found himself with a massive online fandom called “the Markeyverse” that passionately supported him. Hide Ed Markey wins 2020 Massachusetts Senate race Senate Democrats/Flickr (CC-BY) The senator’s re-election also ensures that one of the most vocal supporters of net neutrality remains in Congress’s upper chamber. Hide Markey has pushed the Save the Internet Act, a bill that would essentially make the 2015 Open Internet Order,...
    Mike Spies - Jake Pearson October 28, 2020 9:26PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. Debbie Chacona oversees the division of the Federal Election Commission that serves as the first line of defense against illegal flows of cash in political campaigns. Its dozens of analysts sift through billions of dollars of reported contributions and expenditures, searching for any that violate the law. The work of Chacona, a civil servant, is guided by a strict ethics code and long-standing norms that employees avoid any public actions that might suggest partisan leanings. But Chacona's open support of President Donald Trump and her close ties to a former Republican FEC commissioner, Donald McGahn, who went on to become the 2016 Trump campaign's top lawyer, have raised questions among agency employees and prompted at least one formal complaint. Chacona, a veteran agency staffer who has run the FEC's Reports Analysis Division, or...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Tuesday to leave the 2017 repeal of landmark net neutrality rules unchanged even after a U.S. court directed a review of some provisions. A federal appeals court in October 2019 largely upheld the FCC’s December 2017 repeal of net neutrality rules, but ordered the agency to reconsider the repeal's impact on public safety, regulations on attachments to utility poles and the agency’s ability to provide subsidies for broadband service. The FCC majority opted to leave the order unchanged. (Reporting by David Shepardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    By Muyu Xu and David Stanway BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Chinese leaders will discuss ambitious new measures to tackle climate change on Monday at a government plenum to finalise a new five-year national development plan, after Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to make the country “carbon neutral” by 2060. Policymakers are under pressure to include radical climate targets in the new 2021-2025 “five-year plan”, with the COVID-hit economy weighing on their decisions. Government departments drawing up the document were scheduled to complete the first draft by April, but Xi’s announcement to the United Nations that the country will offset all its emissions within 40 years meant they must integrate the new climate goals. Xie Zhenhua, formerly China’s top climate official and now advisor to the environment ministry, told Reuters that while the new targets were “based on ample research and calculation”, everyone would now have to make adjustments. Before...
    Experts have been warning people about climate change for decades. While some people still see it as a distant issue to worry about late or even flat-out deny its existence, the devastating effects of climate change are already being felt around the world. Natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, and wildfires are getting worse and occurring more frequently. In August, Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes, destroying thousands of homes, and causing so many people to lose access to power and clean water. The hurricane was incredibly destructive, taking lives and livelihoods. Sadly, the devastation didn’t stop there. Part of the aftermath included swarms of mosquitoes descending on helpless animals and bleeding them to death. Within just a few weeks, over 300 cows, scores of deer, and several horses were killed by these mosquitoes. Now, people in Louisiana are having to brace themselves for Hurricane...
    More than two dozen tech advocacy groups have filed briefs with a federal court supporting California’s net neutrality law as it faces an attempt to block it by the Department of Justice. Hide The groups filed two separate amicus curiae, or friend of the court briefs, on Thursday in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Hide In August, the Department of Justice and groups representing internet service providers (ISPs) restarted their efforts to block California’s net neutrality law, which has been hailed as a “gold standard” for other states to follow because it goes well beyond what the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 Open Internet Order did in establishing net neutrality rules. California’s law, SB 822, was passed in 2018 and almost immediately was hit with a lawsuit from the Department of Justice. The two sides agreed to halt the enforcement of...
    Loading the player... Members of the British royal family have historically stayed clear of making political statements to maintain a sense of “royal neutrality.” However, this week it’s been alleged that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upset their family across the pond after making strong statements about the upcoming presidential election. Tuesday, while speaking in a Time 100 video message in celebrating of National Voter Registration Day, Harry admitted he was not eligible to vote in America and noted that he had never voted in the U.K. due to guidelines that dictate royals avoid taking sides in politics. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) Harry went on to ask voters to “reject hate speech” while he noted the undeniable significance of the current race.  READ MORE: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry sign multiyear deal with Netflix “Every four years we are told the same thing, that this...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is announcing a new plan to protect public health and create clean energy jobs. Whitmer signed an executive order to create the MI Healthy Climate Plan. The initiative will push the state towards carbon neutrality by 2050. The order will be led by an advisory board with the department of environment, great lakes and energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. The governor says climate change directly impacts the environment and is a contributing factor behind her new plan. “This plan is one of the boldest plans in the united states. Michigan now joins California, New York, Hawaii and Maine to commit to 100 percent economic carbon neutrality. We will continue to develop this plan alongside our new climate solution advisory council of experts and community members to make sure that Michigan’s entire economy is carbon neutral by 2050 with interim...
    UNITED NATIONS — Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop adding to the global warming problem by 2060. Xi’s announcement during a speech Tuesday to the UN General Assembly is a significant step for the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Calling for a “green revolution,” Xi said the coronavirus pandemic had shown the need to preserve the environment. “Humankind can no longer afford to ignore the repeated warnings of nature,” he said. Citing the Paris Agreement that he and former US President Barack Obama helped forge in 2015, Xi said his country would raise its emissions reduction targets with “vigorous policies and measures.” “We aim to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060,” he said. The term “carbon neutrality” means releasing no additional CO2 into the atmosphere, though technically it allows countries to keep emitting if they ensure that an...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want Joe Biden to become the next President of the United States. They haven't actually said that in so many words. But it's very obvious from a video message they released last night via Time magazine which way they want the result of the election to go and it's not in Donald Trump's direction. Meghan, a US citizen and well-known Trump-hater (she's called him 'divisive' and a 'misogynist' and once told me herself how much she loathed him) said: 'We're just six weeks out from Election Day and today is National Voter Registration Day. Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lifetime. But this one is.' She added: 'When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do, and...
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday filed a brief defending the state’s “gold standard” net neutrality law amid attempts by the federal government to block it. Hide The U.S. Department of Justice last month restarted attempts to block the law, seeking an injunction stopping California from enforcing its law, which goes beyond the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) original 2015 Open Internet Order, which established net neutrality rules. Hide California’s law, called SB 822, has been heralded as a “gold standard” for other states to follow if they wanted to pass net neutrality in the wake of the FCC’s repeal in 2017. The law was passed in 2018 and almost immediately faced a lawsuit from the Justice Department. The two sides agreed to halt the legal back-and-forth until the end of a federal court case over the FCC’s repeal—Mozilla Corporation v. FCC—was settled. Last October, a panel...
    Corpus Christi-based nurse Marissa Zamora is asking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C., to intervene in a union case and overturn an administrative law judge’s ruling. Zamora was denied access to a nationwide union “neutrality agreement” struck in secret between her employer, HCA Holdings (which operates Corpus Christi Medical Center and Doctor’s Regional Medical Center, among many others) and National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) union organizers, she claims. In June 2018, Zamora began posting information at her workplace to educate her coworkers about how they could obtain a vote to oust the union. Union agents and HCA officials actively stymied her efforts, she argues. As a result, she filed federal charges against the union for prohibiting her from being able to read the “neutrality agreement” that ultimately prevented her and her coworkers from decertifying the union. She is asking the NLRB to rule...
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's highest court on Tuesday gave its backing to the European Union's net neutrality rules which require telecoms operators to treat all Internet traffic equally, dealing a blow to the telecoms industry which wants a less restrictive regime. Adopted in 2015, the rules, which have got strong backing from large tech companies and consumer groups, prevent telecoms operators from blocking or slowing down traffic, or offering paid fast lanes. Telecoms operators have been pushing for less stringent rules to allow them to increase revenues from specialised services such as connectivity for driverless cars and Internet-connected devices to offset declining turnover from their traditional telephony business. The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in its first ruling on the subject backed the principle of an open internet. "The requirements to protect internet users' rights and to treat traffic in a non-discriminatory...
    Edge: Sky deck to reopen at Hudson Yards in New York City Why Whole Foods is trying out a dark store as part of its vision for the future of grocery shopping online Body neutrality, not body positivity, may be the best way to fight unsustainable beauty ideals. Heres how to channel it. © Provided by INSIDER Getty Body neutrality is a philosophy that you should focus on what your body can do for you rather than what it looks like. In recent years, body positivity, which urges people to love their bodies regardless of what they look like, has become a cultural buzzword. For people who find loving their appearance 24/7 impossible, body neutrality could be a more helpful mindset. The goal pf body neutrality is to feel at peace with your body. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Imagine just not thinking about your body....
    Getty Body neutrality is a philosophy that you should focus on what your body can do for you rather than what it looks like. In recent years, body positivity, which urges people to love their bodies regardless of what they look like, has become a cultural buzzword. For people who find loving their appearance 24/7 impossible, body neutrality could be a more helpful mindset. The goal pf body neutrality is to feel at peace with your body. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Imagine just not thinking about your body. You're not hating it. You're not loving it. You're just a floating head. I'm a floating head wandering through the world," Jameela Jamil, an actress on NBC's "The Good Place," said during a September 2019 Glamour interview. The actress, known for calling out the Kardashians for their promotion of diet products, was describing "body neutrality." The concept...
    Both sides of Congress have taken shots at big tech over the past year, but Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), who is running a fraught challenge against Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) for his seat—has a stock portfolio that includes shares in a number of the companies that have taken heat from lawmakers. Hide And with big tech the pressing issue coming up over the next few years, will millions in tech money shape just how tough Kennedy will be on Silicon Valley? Hide Overall, the race has become one of the most closely watched Democratic primaries with party leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and progressive stalwarts like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) weighing in. But the result of today’s primary could shift various aspects of tech policy in Congress. Markey has led the charge for a number of tech-related issues like net neutrality and rules surrounding the collection...
    On Wednesday, the US Justice Department asked a federal judge to block California’s pivotal net neutrality law, according to Reuters. In 2017, the Trump Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the Obama-era internet regulations that barred internet service providers from throttling or blocking traffic and instituting paid fast lanes. In August 2018, California passed its own law upholding those net neutrality principles at the state level; now, the US government is seeking a preliminary injunction to block the law before the state is able to enforce it. The Department of Justice filed suit against California soon after the law was passed, but the case was put on hold as legal challenges to the initial FCC order were adjudicated. With this latest request, the Justice Department is seeking to suspend implementation of the California law as the case proceeds. The California law won its first challenge last year The California law...
    The U.S. Department of Justice has restarted its attempts to block California’s net neutrality law, which has been lauded as the “gold standard” for states trying to enact their own regulations in the wake of the federal repeal. Hide The Department of Justice filed complaints to a federal judge in California’s Eastern District seeking to halt the implementation of California’s law. The move is the latest in a legal back-and-forth between the government and the state regarding its net neutrality law, which was also tied to a major court decision regarding the Federal Communications Commission‘s (FCC) repeal of the rules. Hide California passed a net neutrality law in 2018, SB-822, that would reinstate protections similar to the ones the FCC repealed. It was called a “gold standard” template for other states to use moving forward. The law went beyond the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality rules by also banning “zero-rating,”...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block California's net neutrality law, arguing that federal law preempts the state statute. In October, a U.S. appeals court largely upheld the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repeal of landmark U.S. net neutrality rules. In 2018, California agreed not to enforce its own state net neutrality law until a final court decision on the FCC repeal. The Trump FCC in 2017 voted 3-2 to toss out Obama-era rules prohibiting internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or offering paid fast lanes. The California law would reinstate those prohibitions in the state. The U.S. government is seeking a preliminary injunction to block California from being able to enforce its law. The California attorney general's office said it is reviewing the Justice Department's filing "and look forward to defending California’s state net neutrality protections." The 2017 FCC 3-2...
    A sweeping set of policy proposals released by former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday includes reinstating FCC authority to enforce net neutrality rules. Hide Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, and Sanders released a long set of policy proposals on Wednesday that touched on climate change, criminal justice reform, health care, immigration, and more. Hide The proposals come from unity task forces created in May, which Biden and Sanders both appointed people appointed to. The proposal on responding to coronavirus mentioned net neutrality—an issue that Sanders and a host of other presidential hopefuls were outspoken about on the 2020 campaign trail. Biden had remained more-or-less silent on the issue until March, which raised some eyebrows from advocates. Hide The proposal—which is essentially a list recommendations for the DNC to adopt as the party’s platform and for Biden to...
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