Sen Markey Criticizes Efforts to Undo Broadband Privacy Rules

Source: US Senate
Coverage Type: press release
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) released the following statement about efforts to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules by utilizing the Congressional Review Act: "Big broadband companies want to mine and sell consumers’ most sensitive personal information without any consent. Overturning broadband privacy protections is nothing more than Big Broadband’s way of pumping up its profits and undermining consumer rights. Without the FCC’s broadband privacy rule, broadband providers will be able to sell dossiers of the personal and professional lives of their subscribers to the highest bidder without their consent. I will oppose any efforts to roll back important broadband privacy rules either by Congress or at the FCC.”


Thank goodness; Senator Markey (D-MA) and Senator Cotton (R-AR) respect personal communications privacy. These bipartisan Senators will keep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) District 7 House Representative from colluding with Chairman Commissioner Pai and allow ISPs to continue selling customer browsing profiles and violating the security of private communications from our homes not made during the sale of goods the FTC has jurisdiction over. A class action complaint might interest a public interest organization? 42 USC §1983

1. While alleging to act under the Communications Act of 1996 as modified to date; Chairman Commissioner Ajit Pai and Commissioner O'Reiley acted "under color of law' and created exemptions to law or failed to pursue violations of law and thereby depriving all users of broadband of the right to be secure in the privacy of their homes though secured by the Constitution.

2. Commissioner Paie and O'Reily maliciously ignored clear directions of Congress in the Communications Act of 1996 in Title II in Section 222 et. seq. See 42 USC §1983

After over 18 years of nonfeasance and while challenged in United States Court for this egregious nonfeasance; on February 26, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission recognized the egregious mistake made in Reno v ACLU, (96-511) by an elderly Justice not able to recognize the seamless combination of radio communications and wire communications.


In 1934, shortly after WWI, the Federal Communications Commission replaced the Federal Radio Commission because the ability to communicate information across oceans by wire were not immediate but were much faster than ships. Combinations of wire communications with newspaper and radio broadcasts allowed delivery of battlefield reports etc with "fresh off the wire", "news from the wire" becoming and understood idiom for distant communications.

Chairman Commissioner Ajit Pai must be reconfirmed by the Senate this year!

CurtisNeeley on February 17, 2017 - 6:14pm.


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