Regulation

August 2018 Senate FCC Oversight Hearing

By RBR-TVBR, Aug 3, 2018 | Original article here.

  • Committee: Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
  • When: Thu Aug. 16 at 10:00 am. EDT/ 7:00 am PDT
  • Where: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253.
  • Additional details here.

Notes:

  1. Link to members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
  2. Link to video of the July 2018 House FCC Oversight Hearing
  3. Link to National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) Keynote speech
This is the Guy Who Chairs the FCC? . . . Ajit Pai Channels Animal House
This is More Like It — Remarks by Representative Doyle (D-PA)
8/2/18 FCC Open Meeting: Agenda Item 3:
Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment By Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment
FCC Open Commission Meeting – March 22, 2018 FCC-Minority Commissioner,
Jessica Rosenworcel, Stops FCC Security and Addresses the Public

Rosenworcel: Can I ask why we are removing someone who is behaving [fine in] the audience — right here, right now?

[Pause]

Audience: She wants to talk about the environmental effects, saying the Wireless radiation from cell towers causes cancer and neurological problems at levels far below our Federal RF microwave radiation guidelines.

Rosenworcel: No, I appreciate that; I am just saying there is someone sitting here quietly and listening. I would just ask that we not remove people from the room, who are quietly listening.

Audience: What happened to the first amendment? The Ramazzini Institute results [released today] show that nonthermal RF microwave radiation exposures from cell towers causes two types of cancer: schwannomas of the heart and malignant glial brain tumors.

Conclusion: Substantial evidence of harm from RF microwave radiation exposure was discussed in an FCC Open Commission meeting.

. . . And Now Back to the FCC-Majority Propaganda Machine

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2018 — [A day after doing this,] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 into law, which included the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act of 2018:

“Today’s action by President Trump and Congress will help America lead the world in 5G. By fixing the upfront payments issue, this law will enable the FCC to commence a 5G spectrum auction later this year. It also includes the MOBILE NOW Act, which will lead to the identification of at least 255 MHz of licensed and unlicensed spectrum that will help the United States continue to lead in wireless innovation and deployment.

This law also addresses a number of other important Commission concerns. For example, it includes additional funding for the repacking of broadcasters required to relocate their television stations following the incentive auction. And it streamlines redundant and, in some cases, outdated reporting requirements that divert the FCC’s time and resources from more critical work.

It is also noteworthy that this constitutes the first reauthorization of the FCC in decades. Reauthorization helps our agency steer a path forward in our work on behalf of the American people, and I want to thank all of the elected officials whose leadership made this day possible."


Don’t like being mislead like this? Communicate directly to Chairman Pai:

   
Chairman: Ajit Varadaraj Pai; is active on Twitter
Age: 44
Address: 4868 Old Dominion Drive, Arlington, VA 22207
Tel 1: 703-533-7359
Tel 2: 703-351-3094
Tel 3: 888-CALL FCC (225-5322)


What is really going on . . . Regulation Failures that Harm the Public Interest

For background, read/view this Bruce Kushnick primer.

The FCC is a captured agency: it is dominated by the Telecom and Cable companies that it presumably regulates.

 

  • Feb 17, 2018: AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Charter Got $58.8 Billion in Tax Benefits: We Want Lower Rates — Now!

Bruce Kushnick: "As we pointed out, in a single year, the FCC decided to make massive changes, which are part of a wish list created by AT&T.

  • Get rid of Net Neutrality
  • Get rid of basic privacy laws
  • Help to kill off competition
  • Help to close down the existing copper infrastructure, even in areas where there are no substitutes.
  • Force-march customers onto wireless service
  • Privatize publicly funded infrastructure."
  • Feb 25, 2018: We Solved Net Neutrality: “$400 Billion Broadband Scandal” Is the Evidence

Bruce Kushnick: "Every FCC 2017-2018 proceeding leaves out all state-based, utility-based “intrastate” — everything, from the broadband commitments made to upgrade the copper networks to fiber optics, the funding of these networks via rate increases, the cross-subsidies of the other lines of business using the utility construction budgets, or most surprising, that in Verizon’s territories, this funding is based on using Title II.

In fact, the FCC never acknowledges that there even is a telecommunications, state-based utility, commonly called the “PSTN”, the Public Switched Telephone Network. Verizon New York, AT&T California or AT&T Kansas are all state-based utilities that control some or most of their state’s Wireline infrastructure . . . the FCC improperly co-mingles all financial data to treat it as interstate (and under the FCC federal jurisdiction) as opposed to intrastate (state-based) to make policy decisions to benefit Verizon, AT&T et al., while harming the public interest."

  • Feb 28, 2018: Open Networks & Get the Money Back: Part of the Net Neutrality Solution

Bruce Kushnick: "Most of the construction budgets for Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility Wireless have been frauduelently dumped into various state Telecom Utilities’ Wireline construction budgets. That’s right, Grandma’s landline phone bill financed the construction of the 4G/LTE Wireless networks.

No competition has meant we get slower speeds for more money as well as no choice; and let’s screw the rural areas and low income families who end up paying extra for services they never got and will never get."

    • Mar 8, 2018: 4G/5G Densified Wireless Is the New Fiber Bait-and-Switch Scandal

    Bruce Kushnick: "If history is our guide — the speed of 5G is not going to be 1,000 Megabits per second (Mbps). It will be 1/10th of that speed, at best, and only in some locations —  it will take years and it will cost the customer multiples of what a wire would cost for the same service, like watching Netflix or cable TV over Wireline services.

    The underbelly of all of this is that there is a forced migration to Wireless. Verizon has stopped building out critical infrastructure — even though customers paid for network upgrades"

    • Mar 19, 2018: Verizon’s Proposed Settlement in New York Covers Up One of the Largest, Nationwide, Accounting Scandals in American History

    Bruce Kushnick: "Over the last 8 years, New Networks uncovered a massive financial shell game that has cost local phone and business customers billions of dollars in overcharging per state; it has blocked cities from being upgraded, or even having the state utility networks and infrastructure maintained. It created the ‘Digital Divide’, and it has allowed Verizon, AT&T et al. to use the state utility Wireline customers as a cash cow for the company’s other lines of business, especially Wireless.

    Through this shell game, Verizon has been able to seriously inflate the costs for ALL services, including your wireless services as your call or video ends up going to a cell site, and most of these sites are attached to the underlying, state-based utility wires. Verizon Wireless even has an agreement with the cable companies to bundle their wireless service where they did not upgrade to FiOS. The secret is  —  the Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility got the fiber optic wires to the cell sites paid for by the Wireline state utility budgets."


    Without Net Neutrality Regulations, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can block access to sites, extort companies for using more bandwidth than others, and cap and throttle network speeds for users — as they already have:

    • In 2005, Madison River Communications blocked VOIP services. The FCC put a stop to it.
    • In 2005, Comcast denied access to P2P services without notifying customers.
    • In 2007, AT&T blocked Skype and other VOIPs because they didn’t like the competition for their cellphone services.
    • In 2011, MetroPCS tried to block all streaming except YouTube. They actually sued the FCC over this.
    • In 2011, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon blocked access to tethering apps on the Android marketplace, with Google’s help.
    • In 2011, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon blocked access to Google Wallet because it competed with their payment apps.
    • In 2012, Verizon demanded Google block tethering apps on Android because it let owners avoid their $20 tethering fee. This was despite guaranteeing they wouldn’t do that as part of a winning bid on an airwaves auction. They were fined $1.25 million over this
    • In 2012, AT&T tried to block access to Facetime unless customers paid more money.
    • In 2013, Verizon stated that the only thing stopping them from favoring some content providers over other providers were the net neutrality rules in place.
    • In 2017, Time Warner Cable refused to upgrade their lines in order to get more money out of Riot Games (creators of League of Legends) and Netflix.