New FCC Ruling Gives Federal Government Control of 5G Rollout

As the push towards 5G-powered “Smart” surveillance cities begins across the United States the Federal Communications Commission has approved a new rule limiting the power of local authorities.

Lena Helom, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, holds a cell phone before the start of the World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 12, 2014. (AP/Julio Cortez)

On Monday October 1st, Sacramento, Houston, Indianapolis and Los Angeles became the first cities to gain access to Verizon’s 5G Wireless service. The City of Sacramento has become a focus of Verizon’s nationwide expansion of 5G, or 5th Generation Cellular technology. “We were able to make Sacramento one of our first 5G cities because Mayor Darrell

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The Next Stage of the Net Neutrality Fight has Begun

Polls show widespread support for net neutrality making The FCC’s net neutrality rules run counter to the national consensus. If members of Congress want support from Internet users, they need to reverse the FCC’s rule.

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)

On Thursday, the FCC’s net neutrality rule was published in the Federal Register. This was the official start of the next phase of the campaign to protect the open Internet as a common carrier with equal access for all and without prejudice based on content (net neutrality). There are multiple fronts of struggle to make net neutrality a reality:

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‘Say Goodbye to Local Media,’ Trump FCC Opens Corporate Merger Floodgates

“Today will go down in history as the day when the FCC abdicated its responsibility to uphold the core values of localism, competition, and diversity in broadcasting.”

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In "an awful new low" that elicited warnings about "a new wave of media consolidation," the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday rolled back media ownership regulations under the guise of trying "to modernize its broadcast ownership rules & to help promote ownership diversity." "Any pretense that this vote will help journalism

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Comcast Threatens Legal Action Against Net Neutrality Proponents

If FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plan “is enacted, there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like Comcastroturf.com that are critical of their corporate policies”

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Open Internet proponents who have been fighting the Trump administration's rollback of net neutrality protections, which has been enacted at the bidding of the telecom industry, said Tuesday that Comcast is now threatening legal action saying the website Comcastroturf.com is infringing on its trademark. As the organization Fight for the Future

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FCC Votes To Start Slashing Net Neutrality Protections

“This decision leads to an internet that benefits Internet Service Providers (ISPs), not users, and erodes free speech, competition, innovation, and user choice.”

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) hold up a banner at Thursday's rally for net neutrality in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Ron Wyden/Twitter)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon voted to begin slashing regulations protecting a free and open internet. The decision (pdf) ran along party lines, with the FCC's two Republican members voting to dismantle net neutrality. Mignon Clyburn, the Commission's Democratic member, was the

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‘You Betrayed Us’ Billboards Targeting Anti-Privacy Lawmakers Erected

The ads encourage viewers to contact legislators’ offices and ask why they voted to let broadband providers sell user data.

"Members of Congress who help monopolies get richer while undermining our online privacy and attacking net neutrality will soon see that they can't hide from the public on these issues." (Photo: Fight for the Future/cc)

Billboards targeting legislators who voted to end online privacy measures earlier this year have gone up in key districts, as promised by activists. Digital rights group Fight for the Future vowed to put up the ads against Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and John Rutherford (R-Fla.), Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), as well

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