Net neutrality, executive order, fake comments and Whoppers


In an ad campaign in major USA newspapers, the operator said Congress should pass legislation in order to bring an end to the controversy and litigation over the FCC's net neutrality rules.

The December change in FCC rules allows cable and telecommunications giants like Verizon and Comcast to act as the internet's gatekeepers, managing traffic to suit their needs at the expense of small businesses, tech startups and the customers of all those companies.

The order renders internet service providers (ISP's) with state contracts to reinstate specific ground rules of net neutrality.

The order comes two days after Montana's governor, Steve Bullock, signed his own executive order that also forces internet service providers to follow net neutrality rules. The FCC could try to argue in court that states are putting up barriers that must be struck down, according to the Washington Post.

But in Montana, the governor plans to use the stroke of a pen to bring the rules to broad parts of his state.

AG Shapiro noted the FCC's vote to rollback Net Neutrality came as controversy grew over more than 2 million fraudulent comments sent to the FCC, including an estimated 100,000 fake comments from Pennsylvanians. Despite taking vast amounts of money from the Telcos for their election campaigns, Republicans are starting to realise that they are losing support by taking away net neutrality from punters.

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"This is one of those things where the state is acting as a buyer of internet service and leveraging the fact that taxpayer money is going to these ISPs, and if they wish to keep receiving those funds, they have to give the people the benefit of a neutral network", says Falcon.

It seems no matter what President Trump and his team of Republicans pass on the federal level Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman counter with a lawsuit and/or state policy. This would have the same effect as Cuomo's order, but would carry the permanence of law rather than being subject to potential reversal by a future governor. "Without the protection of net neutrality, internet service providers can make the decision, if they want, to slow down my calculus website".

"While I believe AT&T is happy with the recent FCC decision on Net neutrality, they see the writing on the wall that the other side will simply not stop", he told the E-Commerce Times. In Montana, U.S. Sen. The state of Montana is one of the biggest consumers of internet services in our state.

But even if the FCC's ban on state regulation were upheld, that is different from states deciding which ISPs their own agencies will use.

Falcon said that ISPs themselves could bring litigation against NY, but that the Cuomo administration would have a strong legal case because the executive order only involves state government contracts.