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Re: We Won Net Neutrality!!!

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:55 pm

Huckleby wrote:[ Is the tax question related to sales taxes for purchases? Probably that is separate issue.

Probably because sales taxes aren't imposed by any part of the federal government.

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Re: We Won Net Neutrality!!!

Postby Bwis53 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:00 pm

Below is an old article. I ran into it last year, doing research to get a pilot project into the south side.

FCC to Launch Rural Broadband Trials
By Tim Marema

02/04/2014
For years, small broadband providers have been locked out of the Connect America Fund, which is supposed to support broadband service in hard-to-reach areas. Now rural groups are a step closer to getting access to some of that funding -- if enough of them ask for it.

http://www.dailyyonder.com/fcc-launch-r ... 02/04/7185
Broadband and Tech

and

FCC will allow EPB to expand gigabit Internet beyond Chattanooga
"The bottom line of these matters is that some states have created thickets of red tape designed to limit competition," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said. "These issues that we're talking about have a very human face."


But there will be push-back:
Team Cable won't take this defeat lying down, and as early as tomorrow we're sure to see intense pushback in Congress.

Sen. John Thune Will Lean on FCC Over Net-Neutrality Rule
http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress ... e-20150226

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Re: We Won Net Neutrality!!!

Postby Huckleby » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:23 am

Henry Vilas wrote:
Huckleby wrote:[ Is the tax question related to sales taxes for purchases? Probably that is separate issue.

Probably because sales taxes aren't imposed by any part of the federal government.


The Feds determine if and when sales taxes are collected.
http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/boehner-k ... -tax-bill/

Local companies still don't have to collect sales tax for out-of-state customers. Big outfits like Amazon and Walmart who have infrastructure all around country collect for all states.

Also, there is no reason the Feds can't choose to impose a sales tax like it does with gasoline taxes. But probably the direction they go is with sneaky, fixed use taxes, like with cable tv.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_taxes

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Re: We Won Net Neutrality!!!

Postby Bwis53 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:13 pm

From: Ron Johnson:


Thank you for contacting me regarding the issue of net neutrality.

On February 26, 2015, unelected bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to impose heavy-handed regulations known as net neutrality on the Internet. The term "net neutrality" might sound good, but it is just a clever name for government control of the Internet.

Since the Clinton administration, the FCC has wisely applied a light regulatory touch to broadband services, resulting in a highly successful broadband industry. The FCC reversed that bipartisan policy decision after consulting with outside interests rather than Congress. The decision is wrong, and the process raises serious questions about the president's inappropriate influence over what is supposed to be an independent agency overseen by Congress.

Thank you again for contacting my office. It is very helpful to hear the views of the constituents I serve. To date, my office has received more than 1,400,000 letters, emails and phone calls. My mission is to provide information to as many people as possible concerning the enormous financial and cultural challenges facing America.

Please see my website at www.ronjohnson.senate.gov for additional information. It is an honor representing you and all the people of Wisconsin.

Sincerely,

Ron Johnson
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Re: We Won Net Neutrality!!!

Postby Stebben84 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:27 pm

Verses AT&T's control of the Internet. I can't wait to see him go.

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Re: We Won Net Neutrality!!!

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:31 pm

The FCC is already cracking down on violations of net neutrality.

he Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it plans to fine AT&T Mobility $100 million for misleading customers about its "unlimited" mobile data plans, imposing the agency's largest proposed fine ever in alleging that the carrier "severely" slowed down the data speeds for customers with such plans.

AT&T failed to adequately notify its customers that they could receive speeds slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised, the FCC said. AT&T's actions also violated the FCC's 2010 Open Internet Order, commonly called net neutrality rules, the agency said.

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Re: We Won Net Neutrality!!!

Postby Bwis53 » Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:23 pm

Anyone who's following this issue closely also knows that there's an incredible amount of push-back, in every imaginable way. I tried to do some calling yesterday and all the legislator's mailboxes were full. It's important to keep the light shining on the big ISP's.

From Daily Kos:
there is a sneak attack underway in the House Appropriations Committee which could undermine the FCC and net neutrality rules.

The net neutrality rules went into effect on Friday, but these new amendments would stall the rules from taking effect, tie the hands of the FCC from making additional rules in the future, and would change the FCC rule making process--the same process most government agencies use. These amendments are retaliation for the net neutrality order and a gift to Big Cable lobbyists who still oppose the rules.

We need you to contact the Appropriations Committee immediately--the full Committee markup is on Wednesday, June 17.

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Re: We Won Net Neutrality!!!

Postby Bwis53 » Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:19 am

From Demand Progress:

Comcast's war on Net Neutrality just went nuclear.

A key committee in Congress voted yesterday to attach a provision blocking Net Neutrality to a must-pass spending bill that funds the federal government.

Their implicit threat: Give in on Net Neutrality or we'll shut down the government.
Yesterday's committee vote was the first step on the path to shutting down the government to block Net Neutrality—and we need to hold every member of Congress who voted against Net Neutrally accountable.

If we can organize a backlash that's loud and clear, we can show Comcast's friends in Congress that they're not going to get away with this.

And we're already on our way. As Net Neutraliy champ Rep. Jose Serrano said before yesterday's big vote, "We have received more phone calls on this issue than any other issue in a long, long time. And I don't understand why some people can't understand that net neutrality is here, it is here to stay and it is what the American people want."

Going forward, we're going to keep flooding Congress with phone calls and making sure that voters in their districts know which representatives are standing with Comcast against the free and open Internet.

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Re: We Won Net Neutrality!!!

Postby Bwis53 » Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:54 pm

From Fight for the Future:

Bad news: The House Appropriations Committee just voted for 3 provisions that gut Net Neutrality less than a week after the rules finally went into effect.

All of the provisions are poison for Net Neutrality, killing or delaying net neutrality for up to a decade. Big Cable is exploiting the courts and Congress to win one net-neutrality killer lawsuit or bill. To make it so there's simply no more appetite whatsoever to keep attacking the open Internet, we need to intervene big time.

So we've filed to formally intervene in the DC Circuit's US Telecom Association v. FCC, on the side of the FCC, and will fight Comcast tooth and nail until we win, alongside some of the smartest lawyers and groups out there.

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Re: We Won Net Neutrality!!!

Postby Shorty » Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:13 am

Donald Trump just named a net neutrality foe to head the FCC
http://www.vox.com/technology/2017/1/23 ... -fcc-chair

"Under President Barack Obama, the Federal Communication Commission passed regulations that provided strong legal protections for network neutrality. These rules, which were strongly opposed by telecommunications giants such as Comcast and Verizon, were designed to create a level playing field for online companies. Now Donald Trump has taken the first step toward gutting those regulations: He has named Ajit Pai to be the next chair of the FCC."

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Re: We Need to Win Net Neutrality all Over!!!

Postby Bwis53 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:49 pm

For those who care about free press and net neutrality:
Battle for the internet
https://www.battleforthenet.com/


Ron Johnson's reply and Free Press' rebuttal:
He's just regurgitating telecom lies/talking points.

This reclassification imposed heavy-handed utility-style regulations on internet services and led to greater government control of the Internet.

This is not true, there's nothing heavy handed about Title II. It simply holds telecoms as "common carriers" which means they can't be discriminatory about the traffic that travels from the internet to the consumer.

This heavy-handed regulation has caused investment in Internet infrastructure to decline. According to the FCC, among the nation’s 12 largest internet service providers, domestic broadband capital expenditures decreased by 5.6 percent, or $3.6 billion, between 2014 and 2016. As the new chairman of the FCC recently explained, “regulations designed for monopoly will push the market further toward monopoly.” This is not what is best for citizens of Wisconsin or the rest of the country

All of this is also untrue. Here are some blog posts based on a giant research paper we put out earlier this year:

Two on investment since Title II

Sorry Chairman Pai, Your Investment Numbers Don't Add Up
FCC Chairman Pai Doesn't Know How to Measure Investment

A couple more on Chairman Pai's dishonest justification for serving the telecoms instead of the American People:

The Trump FCC's Opposition to Net Neutrality Rests on a Weak Foundation
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Doesn't Want to Admit How Enormous the Internet Economy Really Is

And one more with a broader perspective

Six Things Trump's FCC Chairman Doesn't Want You to Know About Net Neutrality

If that's a little bit too much information, I'll just quote VP Joe Biden, "it's malarkey!"


Italics: Ron Johnson Regular: Free Press


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