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The Current Definition of ‘Broadband’ Is Too Slow and Ajit Pai Refuses to Change it

“It is time to be bold and move the national broadband standard from 25 Megabits to 100 Megabits per second,” [Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel] stated. “When you factor in price, at this speed the United States is not even close to leading the world. That is not where we should be and if in the future we want to change this we need both a more powerful goal and a plan to reach it. Our failure to commit to that course here is disappointing. I regretfully dissent.” – Karl Bode, MOTHERBOARD https://ift.tt/2vBGGjl
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Senate wants emergency alerts to go out through Netflix, Spotify, etc.

Senators in Hawaii and South Dakota think so, having just introduced a bill (the “Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement,” or READI, act) that would “explore” broadcasting alerts to “online streaming services, such as Netflix and Spotify,” amongst other changes to the Emergency Alert System. – Greg Kimparak, TechCrunch https://ift.tt/2JAHkSi

Republican congressman introduces bill to make net neutrality law

Today, Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced the 21st Century Internet Act to the House of Representatives. This bill seeks to codify the principles of net neutrality into law, taking the decision out of the hands of the Federal Communications Commission. It adds an entirely new section to the Communications Act of 1934, Title VIII, and prohibits blocking, throttling and paid prioritization of legal internet content. – Swapna Krishna, Engadget https://ift.tt/2LfBB9r

The Senate has forced a vote to restore net neutrality

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 32 other Democrats have submitted a new discharge petition under the Congressional Review Act, setting the stage for a full congressional vote to restore net neutrality. Because of the unique CRA process, the petition has the power to force a Senate vote on the resolution, which leaders say is expected next week. – Russell Brandom, The Verge https://ift.tt/2FZJglt
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