As Net Neutrality Officially Ends, Internet Defenders Gear up for a Fight

Trump-appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, “a former Verizon lawyer, bucked the law, ignored public opinion and twisted the facts to kill Net Neutrality.

Sammi LeMaster helps to dismantle a large alarm clock display that reads "Net Neutrality Wake Up Call" from the stage after a protest at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, Dec. 14, 2017, where the FCC met to vote on net neutrality. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

As the FCC's rollback of net neutrality protections officially took effect on Monday, a broad coalition of free press and digital rights campaigners vowed to maintain pressure on members of Congress to either restore the federal rules "or prepare to face our wrath" in the November midterm elections. Supporters of net neutrality rules—which

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Nationwide Protests Planned Ahead of FCC Vote to Kill Net Neutrality

Open internet supporters are demanding that lawmakers answer a simple question: “Do you stand for your constituents’ ability to communicate and connect, or do you stand for Verizon’s bottom line?”

Demonstrators protest in front of the White House in support of net neutrality. 2014. (Joseph Gruber, Flickr Creative Commons)

With the FCC set to vote on chairman Ajit Pai's plan to kill neutrality in just over a week, a diverse coalition—ranging from consumer protection organizations to progressive lawmakers to Harvard professors—is denouncing the FCC's proposals and scheduling nationwide protests to combat the agency's move to let massive telecom companies "cash in on

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Following New FCC Rules, Massive Corporate Consolidation Of Local News Underway

Such a move wouldn’t have been possible until Trump’s new Federal Trade Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, began implementing sweeping changes to previously established media ownership rules.

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai presents his dissent during a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hearing at the FCC in Washington. (AP/Susan Walsh)

In a deal that will allow one broadcasting company to reach 72 percent of U.S. households through ownership of local news stations, it was reported this week that Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Tribune Media for nearly $4 billion. Such a move wouldn’t have been possible a few weeks back, but Donald Trump’s new Federal Trade Commission (FCC)

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FCC Blocks Nine ISPs From Providing Internet Access To Low-Income Families

New Trump appointee Ajit Pai told a handful of internet service providers (ISPs) that they could not take part in the Lifeline broadband program.

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai presents his dissent during a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hearing at the FCC in Washington. (AP/Susan Walsh)

(REPORT) --- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), newly under Republican control, on Friday blocked nine internet companies from providing service to low-income users, curtailing a groundbreaking program green-lit during the previous administration. Under the new Republican FCC chairman Ajit Pai, an appointee of President Donald Trump,

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