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Ajit Pai gives a nice nothingburger to those in Congress demanding answers on net neutrality

Around the time of the FCC’s vote to roll back existing 2015 rules and replace them with threadbare new ones, many Senators and Representatives were sending stern letters to the agency informing its Chairman of their displeasure. Pai has recently responded to these diverse voices of concern — with a form letter repeating the same misinformation he and other proponents were spouting all through 2017.

Dozens in Congress received the same letter in the past couple weeks, regardless of their position on the issue or the contents of their own letters.

“It is alarming that throughout the course of your deliberations, one must look far and wide for advocates of your proposal. Additionally, I have not heard from a single constituent in South Texas who is in favor of giving up Net Neutrality,” wrote Representative Vicente Gonzales (D-TX) in late November.

“It is not enough for the FCC to turn its back on consumers. You willfully plan to tie states’ hands to prevent them from protecting their own residents. It is a stunning regulatory overreach,” reads a letter signed by 39 Senators in December. “Underlying your plan is the false notion that your action will return the internet to the supposed halcyon days of “light touch” regulation from the past… Even under the Bush-era FCC, the agency adopted open internet principles and held out the threat of regulatory action to combat harmful activity.”

“How does the FCC intend to address the concerns of small business regarding the appeal of Net Neturality that may lead to a lack of competition in the ISP market?” asks Representative Pittenger (R-NC), in a friendlier but still critical letter. “Do you plan to accompany the elimination of Net Neutrality with deregulating efforts to expand and open the construction of needed Internet infrastructure in order to ensure sufficient competition?”

There’s even a letter from multiple Republican Representatives that is almost doglike in its vapid admiration (“The record is exhaustive, every viewpoint is well represented, and the time has come for the Commission to act”) and parrot-like in its repetition of talking points (“We write today in support of the [FCC’s] plan to restore Internet freedom by reversing… a statutory scheme created for the monopoly telephone carriers of a bygone era.”)

To all these and more, Chairman Ajit Pai has the same vague, redundant response presenting the standard distortions of the campaign to replace the 2015 rules:

In early 2015, the FCC jettisoned this successful, bipartisan approach to the Internet and decided to subject the Internet to utility-style regulation designed in the 1930s to govern Ma Bell… Under Title II, annual investment in high-speed networks declined by billions of dollars… By returning to the light-touch Title I framework, we are helping consumers and promoting competition.

Practically everything he writes has been challenged by experts or is a misrepresentation of the facts. You can find the details of most of these arguments, and their counter-arguments, here.

It’s likely that Pai sent along more private notes of thanks or feels some questions were answered in the rules themselves, but it’s still disappointing to see substantive questions and concerns from the nation’s lawmakers (and his bosses) going publicly unanswered or even unacknowledged.


Source: TechCrunch

How to pin a website to the taskbar

Would you like to know how to pin a website to the taskbar in Windows 10 in order to use browser links like apps? Whichever browser you’re using, it’s easier than you might think. Here’s how to get it done.

The post How to pin a website to the taskbar appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Met Gala 'Heavenly Bodies' theme inspires spacey celeb looks – CNET

The annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is bringing some otherworldly fashion to the red carpet.
Source: CNET

Melania Trump unveils 'Be Best' campaign to combat cyberbullying – CNET

Initiative encourages the nation’s children to speak with “respect and compassion,” and also promotes well-being and helping kids affected by the opioid crisis.
Source: CNET

New York Post: Tesla's Elon Musk reportedly dating musician Grimes – CNET

The newspaper says Musk, who also runs SpaceX, and the Canadian artist and musician met through a Twitter joke.
Source: CNET

Comcast reportedly preparing cash offer for 21st Century Fox – CNET

Cable giant’s deal would upset Walt Disney’s proposed deal with Fox.
Source: CNET

How to use Google Docs

Google Docs remains popular among those not willing to opt for Microsoft Word, but figuring out how to create documents and collaborate with team members can be somewhat confusing to the uninitiated. Our guides lays out the fundamentals.

The post How to use Google Docs appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

From evil empire to role model, Microsoft builds its claim to the high ground

Microsoft was once known as the evil empire. Today, it’s become a role model, innovating in numerous areas while steering wide of privacy and data security scandals that plague many rivals. Build 2018 championed that success.

The post From evil empire to role model, Microsoft builds its claim to the high ground appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Snap’s CFO is out and a veteran Amazon exec is taking his place

Snap Chief Financial Officer Drew Vollero is going to be leaving his post at the Snapchat parent company next week and will be replaced by Amazon VP of finance Tim Stone, according to financial documents filed with the SEC today.

Vollero was the company’s first CFO and has presided over Snap finances since joining less than three years ago. Since going public a little over one year ago, Snap has endured some rather turbulent times on Wall Street.

After opening at $24, the company’s lackluster user growth numbers and ruthless competition from Facebook has left the company trading below $11 currently. This follows a particularly rough quarterly earnings report last week that saw user growth crawl and left the stock price diving.

Stone comes aboard after a whopping 20 years at Amazon, where he was most recently employed as the company’s VP of finance. When Stone joined Amazon, the stock price was hovering above $6; it’s now trading above $1,600, so it sounds like he’s doing pretty well. Nevertheless, Snap is giving him $20 million in RSUs and a base salary of $500,000, so it sounds like the good times are continuing.

“I am deeply grateful for Drew and his many contributions to the growth of Snap,” CEO Evan Spiegel said in a statement. “He has done an amazing job as Snap’s first CFO, building a strong team and helping to guide us through our transition to becoming a public company. The discipline that he has brought to our business will serve us well into the future. We wish Drew continued success and all the best.”

 


Source: TechCrunch

What to expect at Google I/O 2018: Android P, Google Assistant, and more

The start of Google’s annual I/O conference is just days away. But what can you expect? With Android P, Google Assistant, Android Auto, and more on the list, here’s what we think will be there, and how you can watch it.

The post What to expect at Google I/O 2018: Android P, Google Assistant, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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