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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/16/2018 03:08 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/16/2018 03:08 PM
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Attorney General Becerra Sues FCC Over Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

Sacramento, CA...California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), challenging its attempt to repeal net neutrality rules. Net neutrality allows consumers to access online content without any interference by an internet service provider (ISP). Without these rules, ISPs may force websites to pay fees for faster internet speeds, while limiting consumers’ ability to access the internet content of their choice. The FCC’s action also purports to limit the rights of California and other states to impose their own net neutrality requirements.




“Internet access is a utility – just like water and electricity. And every consumer has a right to access online content without interference or manipulation by their internet service provider. However, in repealing the net neutrality rules, the FCC ignored consumers’ strong support for a free and open internet,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Today, we are filing a lawsuit against the FCC’s illegal attempt to repeal commonsense rules protecting net neutrality. A free and open internet drives innovation, economic growth, and consumer choice. As home to countless start-ups and technology giants alike, California knows this better than anywhere else. We will do everything we can to defend our vibrant Internet economy and consumer choice from the FCC’s attempt to curtail net neutrality.”

In 2015, the FCC enacted the Open Internet Order, which mandated equal treatment of internet traffic and promoted competition and innovation online. These rules prevented ISPs from forcing websites to pay fees for access to special internet “fast lanes” or relegate disfavored content to “slow lanes.” Such differential access speed frustrates consumers and can affect which online companies succeed and which fail. Reversing course, the FCC, now led by President Trump’s appointee Ajit Pai, decided to repeal these rules. The FCC’s decision largely relies on comments submitted by ISPs and effectively ignores the overwhelming majority of the more than 20 million public comments that opposed repeal of the rules.

Joining Attorney General Becerra in filing today’s lawsuit were the Attorneys General of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai’i, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

A copy of the petition for review is attached to the electronic version of this release at oag.ca.gov/news.

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Thank you AG Becerra
Posted on: 2018-01-16 15:11:13   By: Anonymous
 
Stop Trump and his oligarchs

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    Posted on: 2018-01-16 15:12:14   By: Anonymous
     


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      Posted on: 2018-01-16 15:13:00   By: Anonymous
       


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        Posted on: 2018-01-16 15:13:39   By: Anonymous
         


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          Re: TRUMP IS A SHITHOLE and a Racist
          Posted on: 2018-01-16 15:31:54   By: Anonymous
           
          What does net neutrality have to do with racism?

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            Re: TRUMP IS A SHITHOLE and a Racist
            Posted on: 2018-01-16 16:38:29   By: Anonymous
             
            There are bad, bad packets

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              Re: TRUMP IS GREAT
              Posted on: 2018-01-16 21:47:50   By: Anonymous
               
              Attorney General Becerra wants Big Government to control Internet Content.

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                Re: TRUMP IS GREAT
                Posted on: 2018-01-16 22:48:51   By: Anonymous
                 
                If business wants to control what you see and need to do on the internet and charge you more for it, do you really support that? You want to be screwed by some New York. Rich elites?

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                  Re: TRUMP IS A RACIST
                  Posted on: 2018-01-17 02:47:57   By: Anonymous
                   
                  TRUMPS A RACIST AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT
































































































































































































































































































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                    Re: TRUMP IS A RACIST
                    Posted on: 2018-01-17 04:13:48   By: Anonymous
                     
                    No, not everyone "knows it"'; some are smart enough to see through the media's ham-handed attempt at manipulation.

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                No Subject
                Posted on: 2018-01-17 08:10:35   By: Anonymous
                 
                You are confused. He is fighting for exactly the opposite embracing net neutrality.

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      Re: Pine Tree = Alt-Right + Censorship
      Posted on: 2018-01-17 03:04:33   By: Anonymous
       
      There were good posts about Trump that PinrTrump deleted. PineTree hates the 1st Amendment

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        Re: Pine Tree = Alt-Right + Censorship
        Posted on: 2018-01-17 17:45:37   By: Anonymous
         
        They get deleted because of the stupid blank space guy. In deleting his posts John often takes too big a piece out and we lose some thoughtful posts. The blank space guy is the one interfering with free speech.

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Repeal Net Neutrality?
Posted on: 2018-01-16 15:45:54   By: Anonymous
 
The repeal of net neutrality is proof that we continue to have the best politicians money can buy.

The next big project for the FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, is working on is the redefinition of "broadband" to include cellular data so that the cell phone companies can stop the development of real high speed rural broadband - that's you Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Amador - so that the cell carriers can sell their slow, overpriced service without competition. When that happens you can forget watching NetFlix or attracting companies who need high speed internet to conduct business. You lose in both cases.

Bend over, Ajit Pai and his phone company and cable company friends are coming for you and your wallet. Enjoy. When his term with the FCC ends, he'll have a nice, high paying job with a cable company, Verizon or AT&T. Whoever bids the most. Maybe he'll become a "consultant". Funny how that works.

BTW for those who scream "Trump". Ajit Pai was first appointed to the FCC by your messiah, Obama. Trump just made it worse by moving him up to Chairman.

Congress can override this decision but they won't because they know the public is to busy watching junk TV and playing on Facebook to care.

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Posted on: 2018-01-16 16:41:09   By: Anonymous
 
Good.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-16 20:18:17   By: Anonymous
     
    Idiot

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      Posted on: 2018-01-17 04:15:27   By: Anonymous
       
      Your one word comment was brilliant analysis and counterpoint.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-16 18:32:17   By: Anonymous
 
There was a well written comment here actually on the subject of net neutrality that has been removed yet the unrelated Trump garbage remains. That speaks volumes about Thepinetree.net.

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    Posted on: 2018-01-16 19:34:13   By: thepinetree
     
    Editor's Note: You are right and I am sorry. We had to go back to running. Mass deletes for swear words, images etc directly in the database. If the good comment in question was nested under a space comment or one with profanity it may have been removed inadvertently. I saw that comment and it was well written.

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      Posted on: 2018-01-16 23:42:01   By: Anonymous
       
      ^ Gloop.

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        Posted on: 2018-01-17 03:03:14   By: Anonymous
         
        Editors Note: Trumps a racist and everybody knows it.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2018-01-17 03:58:06   By: Anonymous
           
          I doubt this came from the real editor

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      Re: Removals
      Posted on: 2018-01-17 04:00:44   By: Anonymous
       
      Thanks for the explanation John. The long "blank" comments screw this forum up for all. Too bad you can't have a "gloop" filter. A character limit might help. I've never seen a worthwhile comment that took more than 500 characters.

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Repeal Net Neutrality?
Posted on: 2018-01-16 19:37:09   By: Anonymous
 
The repeal of net neutrality is proof that we continue to have the best politicians money can buy.

The next big project for the FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, is working on is the redefinition of "broadband" to include cellular data so that the cell phone companies can stop the development of real high speed rural broadband - that's you Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Amador - so that the cell carriers can sell their slow, overpriced service without competition. When that happens you can forget watching NetFlix or attracting companies who need high speed internet to conduct business. You lose in both cases.

Bend over, Ajit Pai and his phone company and cable company friends are coming for you and your wallet. Enjoy. When his term with the FCC ends, he'll have a nice, high paying job with a cable company, Verizon or AT&T. Whoever bids the most. Maybe he'll become a "consultant". Funny how that works.

BTW for those who scream "Trump". Ajit Pai was first appointed to the FCC by your messiah, Obama. Trump just made it worse by moving him up to Chairman.

Congress can override this decision but they won't because they know the public is to busy watching junk TV and playing on Facebook to care.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-16 20:27:32   By: Anonymous
 
An open neutral internet is a utility. It is no longer an option or luxury. People need it to do all kinds of daily tasks, including but not limited to banking, purchasing, studies, registering and log in to government websites for hunting license, the list is huge, airline tickets, reservation,

Corporations should not be able to regulate how you use the internet. It has replaced the land line phone as a connection to the rest of the country and the world..

The internet is a utility just like phone, electricity, water, etc.. it must be open and neutral like other utilities, without discrimination or censorship, or limits on content just like other utilities. Open and neutral is essential to average people.

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    Posted on: 2018-01-16 23:43:12   By: Anonymous
     
    No it's not.

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    Re: Amen
    Posted on: 2018-01-17 03:57:26   By: Anonymous
     
    An "amen" and a "hallelujah" to that. It's good to see that someone out there "gets it".

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      Re: Amen
      Posted on: 2018-01-17 04:07:27   By: Anonymous
       
      The "amen" was for the commenter who understood what a free and open internet does for our freedom and growth.

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20 Comments?
Posted on: 2018-01-17 03:55:48   By: Anonymous
 
The "comment counter" shows 20 comments but only 9 actually appear. This must mean that 11 have been deleted. It would be nice to know why.

John is not going to like it when Ajit Pai's decision to end "net neutrality" ends up making him pay a cable company to provide access to his streaming news on ThePintree.net.

People are going to be shocked to see what Ajit Pai and his cable buddies have in store for them.



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    Re: 20 Comments? - correction
    Posted on: 2018-01-17 04:05:38   By: Anonymous
     
    The long "blank" comment made by some jackass made it look like comments had been deleted. I now realized that the long blanks are just a reader expressing his contents of his brain.

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