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AMERICAblog – Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable and wireless carriers ‘win’ in Net Neutrality update

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment

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Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable and wireless carriers ‘win’ in Net Neutrality update

Oh hooray for having a Democratic majority at the FCC. Is it really always necessary to fold to corporate interests instead of providing the regulation that consumers need? Let’s just call them Republican-Lite Another name might be “hardly a chance they’re getting my vote in 2012.”

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Irony: If You Want To Know What The FCC’s Rules On Internet Openness Are, You Need To File A FOIA (Politics)

by Mike Masnick from the openness-is-a-matter-of-degree dept on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 @ 2:13PM

We’ve already talked about how the FCC was going to approve heavily watered down (and written in conjunction with AT&T) “net neutrality” rules today — which it did. However, one aspect of all this that is particularly ridiculous is the fact that the FCC voted on rules which it has not released, and which it claims may be adjusted before they are released. Considering that these rules are supposed to be about internet openness it seems pretty ironic that the rules are secret. Jeff Jarvis noted this irony in asking if he needed to file a Freedom of Information Act request just to find out what was voted on. He followed it up by filing just such a request that seeks not just the ru les, but also details of correspondences and meeting notes leading up to the creation of the rules. We’ll see what the FCC comes back with.

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AMERICAblog – AT&T fighting before Supreme Court to deny consumers class action lawsuits

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

From AMERICAblog:

AT&T fighting before Supreme Court to deny consumers class action lawsuits

by Chris in Paris on 11/11/2010 05:25:00 PM

Would it really be a surprise of the Roberts court allowed this? The corporate takeover of the country hasn’t met much resistance so far, including from political leaders from either side. This has to stop.

If a majority of the nine justices vote the telecom giant’s way, any business that issues a contract to customers — such as for credit cards, cellphones or cable TV — would be able to prevent them from joining class-action lawsuits.

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