Ernesto Falcon discussed the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)’s pending Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on “Restoring Internet freedom” via videoconferencing for a Forum on net neutrality organized by the Friends of Community, July 15. This special episode of Radio Active Magazine is extracted from Falcon’s remarks and audience questions.
This NPRM on “Restoring Internet freedom” is designed to restore the freedom of major telecommunications companies like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) to censor your Internet usage. In particular, they want the right to block content that they don’t like and to charge web sites extra to deliver their content at the hight speeds that everyone now expects.
The major telecoms and Trump’s FCC claim that the FCC’s 2015 Title II Order that established net neutrality has depressed capital expenditures in broadband (high speed) internet. Falcon and FreePress.net have noted that the major telecoms pushing for this make no such claims in the documents they file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). That’s because they can be sued by investors who lost money based on false and misleading claims in their SEC filings. Elsewhere, there are no real penalties for fraud.
Falcon is an attorney and Legislative Council for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, CA.