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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:36 pm    Post subject:

I can imagine someone arguing FDA regulations prevent innovation in the food and drug industries.
But I'm glad those regulations exist. I shudder thinking about if they didn't.

I know the first section of the Communications Act of 1934 states:
"For the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States a rapid, efficient, nationwide, and worldwide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges".

Replace wire and radio with internet, and that's how I feel about net neutrality.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:38 pm    Post subject:

Reward your cronies, control the flow of information. It's a win-win for politicians. On a side note we're becoming less and less free
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:22 am    Post subject:

This is tech related and indirectly related to the topic

The Trump admin is considering the option of the govt building the 5G network vs having private enterprise (AT&T, Verizon, etc) doing it.

Why, to beat China and to make it more secure. The admin likens it to the Eisenhower Interstate System directive of the 1950s.

So, this would be gov't take over of a significant sector of the economy. Considerations:

1. Do republican law makers resist as they did wt Obama care?

2. Do Democratic law makers resist because this could be a personal liberty issue - govt control of a vital sector that would have all of our personal data?

3. Is this primarily a security issue which 'trumps' (no pun intended) all other considerations - a greater good argument?

4. Or is this too much like the Patriot Act - an overstep on behalf of a reasonable concern (security)?


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Trump national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile network to guard against China, according to sensitive documents obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: We’ve got our hands on a PowerPoint deck and a memo — both produced by a senior National Security Council official — which were presented recently to senior officials at other agencies in the Trump administration.


The main points: The documents say America needs a centralized nationwide 5G network within three years. There'll be a fierce debate inside the Trump administration — and an outcry from the industry — over the next 6-8 months over how such a network is built and paid for.

Two options laid out by the documents:

The U.S. government pays for and builds the single network — which would be an unprecedented nationalization of a historically private infrastructure.
An alternative plan where wireless providers build their own 5G networks that compete with one another — though the document says the downside is it could take longer and cost more. It argues that one of the “pros” of that plan is that it would cause “less commercial disruption” to the wireless industry than the government building a network.

Between the lines: A source familiar with the documents' drafting says Option 2 is really no option at all: a single centralized network is what's required to protect America against China and other bad actors.


https://www.axios.com/trump-team-debates-nationalizing-5g-network-f1e92a49-60f2-4e3e-acd4-f3eb03d910ff.html
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:21 am    Post subject:

So, this is what we will be seeing with the end of net neutrality? If this is allowed, what's would stop a deep red state from blocking CNN or a Democratic candidates site?

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Rhode Island legislators have introduced a bill that would require residents to pay a one-time $20 fee to access porn sites or other "offensive material" online. http://n.pr/2HhoNJN


https://twitter.com/NPR/status/971521043046305793
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