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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Jason Koebler, Motherboard: A core Republican talking point during the net neutrality battle was that, in 2015, President Obama led a government takeover of the internet, and Obama illegally bullied the independent Federal Communications Commission into adopting the rules. ... But internal FCC documents obtained by Motherboard using a Freedom of Information Act request show that the independent, nonpartisan FCC Office of Inspector General -- acting on orders from Congressional Republicans -- investigated the claim that Obama interfered with the FCC's net neutrality process and found it was nonsense. This Republican narrative of net neutrality as an Obama-led takeover of the internet, then, was wholly refuted by an independent investigation and its findings were not made public prior to Thursday's vote.

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Since 2014, Republicans have pointed to net neutrality as an idea primarily promoted by President Obama, and have made it another in a long line of regulations and laws that they have sought to repeal now that Donald Trump is president. Prior to this false narrative, though, net neutrality was a bipartisan issue; the first net neutrality rules were put in place under President George W. Bush, and many Republicans worked on the 2015 rules that were just dismantled.

What happened, then, is that Republicans sold the public a narrative that wasn't true, then used that narrative to repeal the regulations that protect the internet.

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"What happened, then, is that Republicans sold the public a narrative that wasn't true, then used that narrative to repeal the regulations that protect the internet."

Untrue. They tried to sell the public that narrative, most of us aren't buying their lies. This is going to court and quite likely will be overturned. Ajit Pai is a piece of crap who sold his soul.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-20 11:36 AM | Reply

The hell you say! GOP lying to pass a law that screws people but benefits corporations?! I never would have suspected!

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-20 12:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


The latest in the GOP's ceding control of the Internet to the big ISP corporations:

GOP net neutrality bill would allow paid fast lanes and preempt state laws
arstechnica.com

...A Republican lawmaker is proposing a net neutrality law that would ban blocking and throttling, but the bill would allow ISPs to create paid fast lanes and prohibit state governments from enacting their own net neutrality laws. The bill would also prohibit the FCC from imposing any type of common carrier regulations on broadband providers....

The bill text is available here. It would amend the Communications Act "to prohibit blocking of lawful content, applications, services, and non-harmful devices, [and] to prohibit impairment or degradation of lawful Internet traffic."

Unlike the net neutrality rules repealed by Pai's FCC last week, the bill would not prohibit ISPs from charging websites or online services for prioritization....

Blackburn's bill would define broadband Internet access as an "information service," preventing the FCC from ever regulating home and mobile Internet providers as common carriers. This prohibition would prevent the reinstatement of numerous consumer protections besides the net neutrality rules.

State governments would also be limited in their ability to regulate, as Blackburn's bill would preempt states from imposing "any law, rule, regulation, duty, requirement, standard, or other provision" related to net neutrality....

CEO Craig Aaron of consumer advocacy group Free Press offered a similar reaction:

...This bill's true goal is to let a few unregulated monopolies and duopolies stifle competition and control the future of communications....




It amazes me how the GOP members of Congress can lie to such an extent, doing disservice to those who voted for them.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-20 12:16 PM | Reply

"It amazes me how the GOP members of Congress can lie to such an extent, doing disservice to those who voted for them."

I guess I've just become cynical but nothing they do surprises me any more. Their depravity is ingrained that they think of it as a virtue.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-20 12:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It is hard to fathom just how corrupt this administration is:

Senator Jeff Merkley‏ @SenJeffMerkley

Turns out someone impersonated me during the @FCC #NetNeutrality comment period – further proof of forged comments in this process. We need to get to the bottom of this and demand justice for those who sought to be heard.

twitter.com

It is even harder to fathom just how corrupt the GOP House and Senate are for enabling the Trump administration's corruption, thereby making his corruption their own.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-20 12:27 PM | Reply

"It is even harder to fathom just how corrupt the GOP House and Senate are for enabling the Trump administration's corruption, thereby making his corruption their own."

When you consider the vast amounts of money thrown at politicians today it is more amazing that we still find a few who aren't corrupt. None in the Republican Party though.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-20 12:34 PM | Reply

IMHO and in the opinions of some others the culprit for the total corruption of our government is the Supreme Court. Decisions made by them have turned corporations into people and money into free speech. I was fairly certain Trump would be able to steal the election, which he did, because Republicans were so determined to retain control of the court. When and if they ever lose control of that court the entire playing field will change, they know it, and they are willing to do anything necessary to prevent us from ever putting jurists instead of right wing politicians on the court.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-20 12:37 PM | Reply

It is even harder to fathom just how corrupt the GOP House and Senate are
#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

As others have pointed out, it's not at all surprising when you figure how much money is thrown at them. It is surprising how many people keep voting for them.

#8 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-12-20 01:05 PM | Reply

Republicans lied, the internet we knew died.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-20 01:05 PM | Reply

IMHO and in the opinions of some others the culprit for the total corruption of our government is the Supreme Court. Decisions made by them have turned corporations into people and money into free speech. I was fairly certain Trump would be able to steal the election, which he did, because Republicans were so determined to retain control of the court. When and if they ever lose control of that court the entire playing field will change, they know it, and they are willing to do anything necessary to prevent us from ever putting jurists instead of right wing politicians on the court.

#7 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2017-12-20 12:37 PM | REPLY

How did he steal the election? Such whining just because there are those of us who would not vote for Hillary he must have stole it lmao

#10 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2017-12-20 01:09 PM | Reply

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Trumptilians ruin EVERYTHING.

#11 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-12-20 01:19 PM | Reply

"How did he steal the election?"

Interstate Crosscheck disqualified 1.1 million voters in swing states, Disqualified far more voters in those swing state than Trump won by in those states. Most of those disqualified were minority voters. Why don't you know anything about this? Oh yeah, Fox News won't tell you the truth about anything but you're too stupid to change the channel.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-20 01:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Drink!

#13 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-12-20 01:41 PM | Reply

#13

Drunk!

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-20 01:42 PM | Reply

Drink!

#13 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Based on your posting history, you've had enough to drink.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-20 01:47 PM | Reply

Interstate Crosscheck disqualified 1.1 million voters in swing states ...

Interstate Crosscheck has no power to disqualify any voter.

Most of those disqualified were minority voters.

Voting rights warriors, NAACP and ACLU among others, have sued states and local jurisdictions for list maintenance procedures that disproportionately impact minority and low income voters. One of those cases, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute and NEOCH v. Husted, is pending before the USSC. None of those suits mention one word about IC.

Why don't you know anything about this?

Why don't you know more than what you paid Palast $2.99 to obtain?

#16 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-20 02:04 PM | Reply

@#8 ... As others have pointed out, it's not at all surprising when you figure how much money is thrown at them. ...

In the case of Rep Blackburn, Net neutrality is not the only thing it appears she has sold out for.

Tennessee congresswoman defends role in passing opioid law that critics say undercut DEA
www.usatoday.com

...Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a key player in the passage of a federal law that critics say has made it more difficult to restrain the deadly opioid epidemic, insists she has seen no evidence to back up those accusations....

Blackburn co-sponsored the legislation and at one point even led the debate on the House floor. Her role is under scrutiny because she was pushing the bill at the same time that opioid abuse was sharply on the rise in Tennessee....

What's more, Blackburn has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the prescription drug industry. A USA TODAY review of campaign finance reports shows that, since 2012, she has collected at least $96,000 in campaign contributions from political-action committees affiliated with the largest manufacturers and distributors of opioids and from groups representing drug makers and distributors....


... It is surprising how many people keep voting for them. ...

That is something of an amazement.

#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-20 02:42 PM | Reply

Interstate Crosscheck disqualified 1.1 million voters in swing states ...
Interstate Crosscheck has no power to disqualify any voter.

True, but what they did do was to produce dubious lists of duplicate voters and forward them to Republican Secretaries of State who used them to disqualify voters even though many of them were merely people who had moved recently. Others were partial name matches of people with felony records (disregarding differences in birthdates or middle initials). Which, of course, you knew...


Did Vice President Pence commit voter fraud?

You might think so, if you looked at voter registration data that includes only each voter's name and birth year. Mike Pence registered to vote eight times and cast seven ballots across six states in the November 2016 election.

But you would be wrong. Each of these registration records belongs to a different person. Their only crime is that they share their name and were born in the same year as the vice president.

Presumably, the commission will use the names and birthdays in these lists to identify potential duplicate registration records between states. That's the method used by the Interstate Crosscheck Program pioneered by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a co-chair of the commission, which helps states identify voters who have moved to a new state by flagging potential duplicate registration records. In 2012, Crosscheck identified more than 1.4 million potential duplicate registrations.

Recent academic work, however, found that for every 200 registrations flagged using Crosscheck's methodology, at least 199 were false matches in which the middle names or Social Security numbers did not line up. That's one-half of one percent.

www.washingtonpost.com

There were reports of this activity going all the way back to Florida in the 2000 election. And the same people who engineered that are behind Interstate Crosscheck, so if it walks like a duck...

#18 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-12-20 02:53 PM | Reply

Lies and the Lying Liars who tell them.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-20 05:58 PM | Reply

The GOP lied to get the tax bill passed. What else is new?

It's what they do.

#20 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-12-20 08:56 PM | Reply

"How did he steal the election?"
Interstate Crosscheck ... - #12 | Posted by Danni at 2017-12-20 01:21 PM

You claimed "Trump would be able to steal the election, which he did".
The request was how he (candidate Trump) stole the election.
You dodged the question and responded with your interpretation of how Interstate Crosscheck worked.
Interstate Crosscheck that candidate Trump did not in any way control.
The question remains: How did candidate Trump steal the election, as you claim he did?

#21 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-21 10:26 AM | Reply

The request was how he (candidate Trump) stole the election.

#21 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-21 10

In tight districts and states Russian help would have put him over the line.

This is something I'm sure you already know.

#22 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-21 10:30 AM | Reply

"The question remains: How did candidate Trump steal the election, as you claim he did?"

OK, Republicans, not specifically Donald Trump, stole the election. Do you feel happy now?

"This is something I'm sure you already know."

Many of them know it but none of them are honest enough to admit it.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-21 10:54 AM | Reply

"Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play."
Joseph Goebbels

Do you think he cared much about truth?

#24 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-12-22 09:36 AM | Reply

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