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Pai Plans to Scrap Title II Broadband and Conduct Standard, Seeks Open Internet Input

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai vowed to return to "light-touch" broadband internet regulation that he said would create "digital opportunities" through more investment, innovation, competition and consumer choice. Pai said he will seek a May 18 vote on a rulemaking … Subscribe to Read >>

Hill Republicans Seek Legislation Addressing Net Neutrality, as Democrats Blast Pai

Capitol Hill Democrats pledged massive pushback to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s NPRM to roll back the 2015 open internet order's classification of broadband as a Communications Act Title II service, set for a May 18 commission vote. GOP lawmakers … Subscribe to Read >>

Net Neutrality Debate Officially Back With Flood of Statements on Pai Plan

A torrent of statements on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposed net neutrality rulemaking notice started even before Pai spoke Wednesday at the Newseum (see 1704260054). Both those for and against the proposal have had years to practice … Subscribe to Read >>

Internet Entrepreneurs Predict Big Public Backlash Against Pai Push on Net Neutrality

A group of high-tech entrepreneurs urged the FCC to lift the reclassification of broadband as a Communications Act Title II service. But speakers on a call Wednesday before FCC Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled his plans to roll back the … Subscribe to Read >>

Undisclosed Pai Industry Meetings Draw Heat; Others See No Problem, Laud Outreach

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's industry meetings on internet regulation issues sparked criticism in some quarters about the lack of more disclosure. One veteran public-interest advocate said it was "inconceivable" that certain parties didn't face commission filing duties and called … Subscribe to Read >>

Crowd-Sourced Wikitribune Effort to Fight Fake News Welcome, But Experts Wary of Process

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales' initiative to fight fake news through a mix of professional journalists and crowdsourcing is an intriguing idea (see 1704250033), experts said in interviews Wednesday. But many questions remain about how the process would work … Subscribe to Read >>

Verizon Seen Making Rival Bid for Straight Path in Early 5G War

Verizon is likely the mystery bidder that made a rival bid for Straight Path, a company AT&T planned to buy to increase its portfolio of high-frequency spectrum for 5G (see 1704100037), industry officials said. Verizon isn’t commenting. Verizon … Subscribe to Read >>

House Passes Register of Copyrights Bill, But Senate Hurdles Remain

The House passed the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (HR-1695) Wednesday, as expected (see 1704200047 and 1704250063), voting 378-48 in favor of the legislation. The bill would make register a presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed position with … Subscribe to Read >>

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FCC's Next Republican Seen Likely to Be a Female Economist

The Trump administration appears increasingly likely to name a female economist to the open Republican slot on the FCC, industry officials said. Two names in particular have emerged -- Roslyn Layton, American Enterprise Institute scholar and member of the Trump FCC landing team, and Michelle Connolly, professor of economics at Duke University and former FCC chief economist under Republican Chairman Kevin Martin. Key senators Tuesday indicated no consensus formed around a single candidate. … Read More >>

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