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Submission + - New FCC chief gets to work cutting back regs (thehill.com)

jriding writes: Ajit Pai vowed to reduce regulatory "barriers" to growth and innovation and prioritize reducing the digital divide.

But Pai, a Republican, who was promoted from commissioner to the agency's top spot by President Trump last week, also said he hadn't made a decision on one of the FCC's signature rules: net neutrality.

Speaking to reporters at the meeting, Pai dodged questions regarding the rule.

âoeI favor a free and open internet, and I oppose Title II," he said. Title II is one of the key elements of net neutrality, reclassifying broadband as a utility and allowing the FCC to enforce the rules. Pai has long been a critic of net neutrality and in December said he wanted to review the rules. Top members of Trump's FCC transition team are critics of the internet rule.

Submission + - Verizon might buy Charter, which just bought Time Warner Cable (theverge.com)

jriding writes: if Verizon decided to go through with it, and Charter agreed, it would create a telecom behemoth with a wide reach in both wired and wireless communications: Verizon is the largest wireless provider in the US. And with its acquisition of Time Warner Cable complete, Charter is now the second-largest provider of cable, behind Comcast.

Submission + - The FCC just passed sweeping new rules to protect your online privacy (washingtonpost.com) 1

jriding writes: Federal regulators have approved unprecedented new rules to ensure broadband providers do not abuse their customers' app usage and browsing history, mobile location data and other sensitive personal information generated while using the Internet.

The rules, passed Thursday in a 3-to-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission, require Internet providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, to obtain their customers' explicit consent before using or sharing that behavioral data with third parties, such as marketing firms.

Submission + - FCC chairman, Justice Department sign off on Charter's takeover of Time Warner C (latimes.com)

jriding writes: "If the conditions are approved by my colleagues, an additional 2 million customer locations will have access to a high-speed connection," Wheeler said in his statement. "At least 1 million of those connections will be in competition with another high-speed broadband provider in the market served, bringing innovation and new choices for consumers, and demonstrate the viability of one broadband provider overbuilding another."

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Comment Re:"Destroy ing innovation" (Score 1) 390

The same was said for slave labor.
Funny thing is when a company or mega corp actually does look out for its employees they get more in return then just profits.
More pay and better benefits show that the employees work harder, produce more, and the quality of the work improves. They also have more money to spend so that money goes right back to the company producing more profits.

imagine if the companies treated us well and we returned the favor. In stead you would rather us to beg the rich for our small crust of bread, and hope that if we treat them well they will return the favor.

Submission + - Texas narrowly rejects allowing academics to fact-check public school textbooks (csmonitor.com)

jriding writes: AUSTIN, Texas â" Top Texas education officials rejected Wednesday letting university experts fact-check textbooks approved for use in public-school classrooms statewide, instead reaffirming a vetting system that has helped spark years of ideological battles over how potentially thorny lessons in history and science are taught.

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