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The FCC's Next Stunt: Reclassifying Cell Phone Data Service as 'Broadband Internet'

The Federal Communications Commission's decision toi repeal net neutrality was a major blow to internet freedom, but it’s only the first in a long line of actions that the FCC will take to tell itself that America’s broadband situation is better t

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The American Consumer Institute

Date: 
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

Confused about all the back and forth on net neutrality? Want to know what the empirical evidence says? Join the American Consumer Institute (ACI) for a discussion about the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming December 14th vote on “Restoring Internet Freedom.”

Panelists will discuss what’s included in the draft order, whether consumers, investors, and innovators benefit by regulations and proposed reforms, and potential next steps for Congress.

Opening Remarks



FCC Chairman Pai Proposes Review of TV Ownership Cap, UHF Discount

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Senate bill would impose new privacy limits on accessing NSA’s surveillance data

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Why a DOJ vs. AT&T-Time Warner Case Could Be a Close Call

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Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee: Streamlining Federal Siting

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Senate Intelligence Committee to debate in secret a bill that would renew a powerful spy tool

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Why Community Anchor Institutions Should Care About the Connect America Fund

[Commentary] Anchor institutions like schools, libraries and health care providers play an important role in bringing connectivity to their local communities.

Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats

At the start of this decade, the Arab Spring blossomed with the help of social media. That is the sort of story the tech industry loves to tell about itself: It is bringing freedom, enlightenment and a better future for all mankind.