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Internet Porn Measures Could See Service Providers Guide Parents Through ... - Huffington Post UK

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Telegraph.co.ukInternet Porn Measures Could See Service Providers Guide Parents Through ...Huffington Post UK"After intervention from the Prime Minister, the Government is urging providers to go one step further and make sure their systems actively...
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Tracks what is developing about net neutrality, the right to access the internet and information, and other multi-media news, mail, print, technological, radio, wifi, trends and any communication system.A watchful eye on communication policy is kept to report new developments and organized citizen efforts to push back and protect citizens' communication systems  from government and corporate over reaching.
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Join a Team Internet Event in Tupelo, MS

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The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give giant cable companies control over the Internet.
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If anyone can attend at Rep. Kelly's meeting at this time and date in Tupelo please do. please encourage to him to keep the internet access the way, which is user based selection as it was intended. Weigh in with your own voice to avoid handing this to your internet providers to turn pretty much in a a pre-selected cable service model of sponsored content and service provider determined content and access. Please share this link!

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FCC’s DDoS claims will be investigated by government

FCC’s DDoS claims will be investigated by government | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
GAO will investigate after Democrats asked for evidence that attacks happened.
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Major Wi-Fi security flaw could allow hackers to listen in on any of your devices

Major Wi-Fi security flaw could allow hackers to listen in on any of your devices | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Operating systems such as Google's Android, Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows could all be affected.
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5 Ways You’re Turning off Audiences with Bad Video Marketing

5 Ways You’re Turning off Audiences with Bad Video Marketing | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Learn how to stop killing the joy in your video marketing efforts with 5 simple tips from Tim Washer.
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Russia Provides New Internet Connection to North Korea | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea

Russia Provides New Internet Connection to North Korea | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
A major Russian telecommunications company appears to have begun providing an Internet connection to North Korea. The new link supplements…

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Do 6 Corporations Control 90% of the Media- The Meme Policeman

Do 6 Corporations Control 90% of the Media- The Meme Policeman | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
This is a popular meme claiming either five or six corporations control 90% of the media content. When this claim is analyzed, it's dubious at best.
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This is an interesting article. I believe some of the points are certainly worth considering. I will also point out that the author of this article while showing that other well read media sources are out there within the USA and abroad the 5 or six mega control argument is also easy to see as well. The author argues the meme of 6 big companies controlling 90% of the consumed media is not well researched...but the argument against the theory in also not well researched. I see a link in the menu bar which suggest this is a libertarian leaning site. These are good arguments but do realize a libertarian leaning group also comes with it's own bias. I do know in the state I reside within  Fox news is the most common source of information....even on local TV news. This is not a liberal leaning state and has only a single democrat in a high top level state job.

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Many of the FCC’s record-breaking 21 million net neutrality comments are duplicates — or come from suspicious sources

Many of the FCC’s record-breaking 21 million net neutrality comments are duplicates — or come from suspicious sources | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
A telecom-backed study admits that net neutrality has the most support, but the origins of the comments raise questions.
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This notification is at the end of this article:
 "* Comcast, through its NBCU arm, is an investor in Vox Media, which owns this website." 

Many people do count on the form letters for a quick way to submit opinions....I did not wish my letter to be tossed out. I signed up with all the net neutrality supporting groups that fight for net neutrality that are mentioned here so that I do not miss weighing in on policy that works against me, my family and communities interest. I certainly may have signed more than 1 as I am with several groups I support them so that they  inform me about what is happening so that I can give my input.

 It sounds like the FCC literally tossed out all form letters. The fact is the bot letters the telecoms and cable companies sent were either not set up for personalizing or were just straight up bots of fake comments...I read many of those on the FCC comments they were exactly the same nearly none were personalized at all that supported Pai...... 

I also could not get my direct comment to load even though I could read comments. What was that about? That was one reason I signed any form letter with groups I could trust to stay with Wheeler's ruling and not repeal. Many of these groups also watch privacy issues and Freepress.net watches all forms of media policy and consolidations and mergers. Avazz watches international issues which include media matters of all kinds.

Many Telecom Ads had misinformation and fake net neutrality named groups with form petitions to sign that were designed to get signatures of those that are less informed on the issue and fool people into supporting telecoms and Cable companies.

 Always check founders and funding and background of any group you support. 

The pro neutrality groups listed in this article are the real deal... 

Notice they listed no Pro Pai groups for you to even check out in case you want to trow yourself behind the Cable and Telecom's effort to repeal the net Neutrality and the wheeler plan millions fought to put in place..even those this study was funded by a "broadband" interest group.

 There are a few other Pro net Neutrality groups and organizations like independent film makers, various worker groups and ethnic groups, small business owners and many other groups that are stake holders concerned about their access to open internet.  These  groups sometimes start petitions mostly but might also offer form letters. These groups and often church groups that gain by internet access often support net neutrality   and growing number of new groups too as word spreads  about what net neutrality is and how important it is to maintain for our nation and globally.  

Just check the groups out before you sign their petition or form letter and always take a moment to add something personal and read everything you can about net neutrality.. 

My favorite person to start with is the Man that invented the World Wide Web..Sir Tim Berners-Lee.... Check his opinion in articles and on you tube! This article sounds as though they did not consider openly international input...what we do here will impact what  can achieved globally for net neutrality in other nations globally as well. Our groups have cross membership with international observers that alert us to support them on critical issues as well and let their policy makers know the whole world has their eye on them and the business or governmental powers  involved in rigging things in their favor rather than their customer's and citizen's favor. 

These watchdog groups follow policy plans and ensure transparencies so that the public knows in time to weigh in to policy makers on issues that never make the news. 

You do have to sign up to get the updates they don't just appear in your mail or junk mail...they are non profit...they/we do the best they/we can with sharing on social media...but if you want to be sure you find out what's going on in time to weigh in you must sign up for notices personally! 
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Facebook fined €1.2M for privacy violations in Spain

Facebook fined €1.2M for privacy violations in Spain | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Another privacy-related fine for Facebook in Europe: The Spanish data protection regulator has issued a €1.2M (~$1.4M) fine against the social media..
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97% of bloggers increase their readership with these opening ...

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97% of bloggers increase their readership with these opening paragraphs. August 12, 2013 by Sarah Arrow 1 Comment. 100 Shares 100 Shares ×. Did you know that 88% of statistics are made up? That cats are the secret overlords of the web ...

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AT&T’s ‘support’ for net neutrality means tricking customers to fight against it

AT&T’s ‘support’ for net neutrality means tricking customers to fight against it | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
If you weren’t paying close attention yesterday, it may have looked like AT&T got onboard the net neutrality "day of action" protest. The company’s website displayed a banner saying tha
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Old info but still worth being aware of as the battle continues. I personally have dropped at least 300/monthly worth of AT&T business and plan to soon drop the remaining business I do with them. If more customers drop AT&T and Verizon and Comcast and push for break up of these companies we will boost competitors and give ourselves more options in the long run....Never let the senators off the hook for selling us out...know who your's are don't even do business with company they later lobby for. The policy makers deserve to loose their jobs on this issue if they don't have our backs. Don't forget the GOP gifted our online search history and privacy to the ISP even before the Credit reporters were hacked.

Here is where the GOP gets their instructions from and we as consumers or citizens are not invited unless maybe you have 5000 for an annual seat at the table.http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/ALEC_Communications_and_Technology_Task_Force
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The FCC Loves Dealing With Net Neutrality So Much It’s Going to Discuss It All By Itself - The Sociable

The FCC Loves Dealing With Net Neutrality So Much It’s Going to Discuss It All By Itself - The Sociable | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden was left on his tod when none of his telecoms pals wanted to come round to discuss net neutrality.
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Turkey’s ‘resistance media’ refuses to buckle

Turkey’s ‘resistance media’ refuses to buckle | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
A Turkish oppositional news site seeks recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records after 61 bans and as many reopenings.

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NTCA Members Battling Obstacles to Provide Higher Broadband Speeds | Broadband Communities News

The nation’s small, independent telecommunications providers continue to make significant progress in providing high-speed broadband to rural Americans despite high deployment costs and regulatory uncertainty, according to a new survey by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

The “NTCA 2016 Broadband/Internet Availability Survey Report” found that:


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Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Network neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks fairly, without improper discrimination in favor of particular apps, sites or services—is a principle that must be upheld to protect the future of our open Internet. It's a principle that's faced many threats over the years, such as ISPs forging packets to tamper with certain kinds of traffic or slowing down or even outright blocking protocols or applications. In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) attempted to combat these threats with a set of Open Internet rules. But its efforts were full of legal and practical holes. In 2014, after a legal challenge from Verizon, those rules were overturned, and the FCC set about drafting a new set of rules better suited to the challenge. It was clear that the FCC was going to need some help from the Internet. And that’s exactly what happened. Millions of users weighed in, demanding that the FCC finally get net neutrality right, and issue rules that made sense and would actually hold up in court. EFF alone drove hundreds of thousands of comments through our online portal DearFCC. As a direct result of that intense public activism and scrutiny, the FCC produced rules that we could support—in part because, in addition to the bright line rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of Internet traffic, they include strict “forbearance” restrictions on what the FCC can do without holding another rulemaking. There’s no silver bullet for net neutrality. The FCC order plays a role by forbidding ISPs from meddling with traffic in certain ways. But transparency is also key: ISPs must be open about how traffic is managed over their networks in order for both users and the FCC to know when there’s a problem. Local governments can also play a crucial role by supporting competitive municipal and community networks. When users can vote with their feet, service providers have a strong incentive not to act in non-neutral ways. We want the Internet to live up to its promise, fostering innovation, creativity, and freedom. We don’t want regulations that will turn ISPs into gatekeepers, making special deals with a few companies and inhibiting new competition, innovation and expression.
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If Net Neutrality dies, the Internet dies with it

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Has my email been hacked? - Anonymously check if your email has ever been compromised in a security breach

Has my email been hacked? - Anonymously check if your email has ever been compromised in a security breach | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Anonymously check if your email has ever been compromised in a security breach

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GOP lawmaker drafts bill requiring journalists to register with police

GOP lawmaker drafts bill requiring journalists to register with police | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Indiana State Rep. Jim Lucas has drafted legislation that would require professional journalists to be licensed by police.
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VA: RVBA Announces First Residential Internet Access From New ISP | Lisa Gonzalez | community broadband networks

VA: RVBA Announces First Residential Internet Access From New ISP | Lisa Gonzalez | community broadband networks | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it

Folks living in the Boxley Building in downtown Roanoke will soon have the choice of the community’s first Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Internet access delivered by publicly owned infrastructure. The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) recently announced that one of the ISPs using the fiber has decided to expand its services to residential premises in the building.

'Fulfilling The Purpose'

“This goes back to the core, as far as why this was formed,” broadband authority President and CEO Frank Smith said. “To create a network that other players can come in and use. We’re doing what we set out to do.”

ABS Technology is based in Virginia Beach and has an office in Roanoke. The company is starting with the single apartment building but told the Roanoke Times they may offer last mile services to more Roanoke residential subscribers in future. ABS regional sales manager Greg Henderson said that the RVBA infrastructure enabled ABS to develop the project. Without it, he said “there is no way” the company would have been able to pursue a residential build out.


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Five Reasons to Fire FCC Chairman Pai | Tim Karr | Free Press | HuffPost.com

Five Reasons to Fire FCC Chairman Pai | Tim Karr | Free Press | HuffPost.com | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it

The Senate majority is charging forward with plans to vote to reconfirm Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai for another five years. Rehiring Pai to head the agency that oversees U.S. communications policies would be a boon for the phone and cable companies he eagerly serves. But it would hurt everyone else who needs this agency to put our communications rights before the profits of monopoly-minded media giants.

Usually nominations to agencies like the FCC sail through without a dissenting vote. But based on the last five years he spent at the agency (and his past eight months as designated chairman), it’s clear Pai doesn’t deserve another term.

That’s why Free Press Action Fund is urging the Senate to reject Trump’s nominee and why thousands of people are calling Capitol Hill before the vote — expected as soon as Monday — and asking their senators to fire Pai.

And for good reason.


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Telecom Stock Roundup: FCC Receives Record-Breaking Comments on Net Neutrality

Telecom Stock Roundup: FCC Receives Record-Breaking Comments on Net Neutrality | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Though most of the major telecom stocks lost value over the last week, the sector witnessed a number of important events.
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 Investors prepare to harvest the wealth and control over the internet.....open your pockets and let them in...There is nothing you can do about it so sit down and do as you are told. Watch and listen to what they pick for you & see the ads of those rich enough pay to get in your face want to put into your head....OR...............STAND UP TO THEM! Join any and all law suits and drop greedy ISP services fast as possible and change to companies that stand for consumers fast as possible. Then keep writing comments and let the companies know why you dropped them! The swamp monster is PAI the FCC chairman & ex-Verizon lawyer who is now corrupting policy in the Telecom's favor!!
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I'll never use Apple's Face ID

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There are a host of problems with Face ID, the latest biometric technology from Apple.
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ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force - SourceWatch

ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force - SourceWatch | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Meet the corporations that have decided they can own our nation and create the policy for us with out our input or us ever electing them.They fund the election of those that will pass these policies for their interest.

2015 States and Nation Policy Summit Substantive Agenda The following "model" policies were adopted by ALEC 5 years ago and are scheduled to be reviewed as part of the Five Year Model Policy Review
:[5] "Resolution Calling on the Federal Government to Maximize Its Stimulus Support for Broadband Internet Adoption and Use Programs"
 (PDF, p. 5) "Resolution Regarding Traffic Pumping"
 (PDF, p. 7) Presentations and panel discussions planned for the conference included:
[5] "Muni broadband amicus" "Broadband Uncertainty Or Opportunity?" "Encryption: A Key to Our Privacy?"

 "Focus on the States: Public Sector Technology Leadership Across the Country" "Technology Policy Trends and Use in Government in Arizona" 
2015 Annual Meeting Substantive Agenda The following "model" bills were proposed for the San Diego, California conference:
[6] "Travel Agent Tax Fairness Act" 
(PDF, p. 8) "Model State Bill Prohibiting Wireless Handsets in Prison" (PDF, p. 10) "Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle/System (Drone) Privacy Protection Ordinance"
 (PDF, p. 11) Presentations and panel discussions planned for the conference included:
 "The Present and Future of Spectrum Opportunities: Building Block of Innovation"
 "Model Policy Review:
 Resolution on Government Tax Preparation and Electronic Filing" "Model Policy Review: 
Travel Agent Tax Fairness Act"
 "Government Owned Networks and the Preemption of State Laws" "Focus on the States:
 Using Technology to Promote Efficiencies in Government"
 "Model Policy Review
: Model State Bill Prohibiting Wireless Handsets in Prisons"
 "The Privacy Implications of Drones: Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle/System (Drones) Privacy Protection Ordinance"
 "Report:
 Smart Cities" 
2015 Spring Task Force Summit Substantive Agenda The following "model" bills were proposed for the Savannah, Georgia conference:
[7] "Wireless Communications Tower Siting Act"
 (PDF, p. 6) "ALEC Resolution Opposing State and Local Mandates Requiring Warning Labels on Wireless Devices and Packaging" 
(PDF, p. 11) Presentations and panel discussions planned for the conference included:
 "The Patriot Act and Privacy," 
U.S. Congressman Mark Mulvaney (SC-5) 

"FCC Rulings On: Title II and broadband, Municipal government owned networks, ALEC response"

 "Transportation Network Companies and Insurance
: A success story in private sector collaboration"
 "Internet Tax Freedom Act" 2014 States and Nation Policy Summit Substantive Agenda The following "model" bills were proposed for the Washington, DC conference:
[8] "Resolution to Promote Public Safety through Just and Reasonable Prison Phone Rates"
 (PDF, p. 7) "Transportation Network Company Act" (PDF, p. 9) "Electronic Data Privacy Protection Act" (PDF, p. 21) The following presentations and discussions were planned for the conference:[8] "Data Mining and Student Privacy" "Solutions to Expanding Broadband Service" "Autonomous Vehicles" "Update from ALEC’s Public Affairs Department" 2014 Annual Meeting Substantive Agenda The following "model" bills were proposed for the Dallas, TX conference:[9] "Resolution Opposing the Expansion of the Federal Trade Commission's Rulemaking Authority" (PDF, p. 7) "A Resolution Regarding Regulation of Broadband Information Services in Innovative and Expanding Competitive Markets" (PDF, p. 9) "ALEC Telecommunications Deregulation Policy Statement" (PDF, p. 10) "[http://www.alec.org/wp-content/uploads/CAT-35-day-AM-2014.pdf "Regulatory Modernization Act" (PDF, p. 13) Presentations and panel discussions planned for the conference included:[9] "U.S. Turning Over Control of the Internet" "FCC and Municipal Broadband Regulation" "Spotlight on the States" 2014 Spring Task Force Summit Substantive Agenda The following "model" bills were proposed for the Kansas City, Missouri conference:[10] "A Draft Model Resolution Supporting the Development of a Balanced National Spectrum Policy that Expands Unlicensed Access to Spectrum in the 5GHZ Band to Meet the Increased Demand for Wireless Technologies" (PDF, p. 12) "Draft Local Investment Made Easy (LIME) Act" (PDF, p. 14) "Draft Model Freedom to Invent Act" (PDF, p. 22) Presentations and panel discussions planned for the conference included:[11] "The Evolution of Sports on Television: Are Fans Winning" "Spotlight on the States: State efforts to promote wireless broadband, protect electronic policy, and foster new forms of E-commerce" "Crowdfunding 101: Everything you need to know about crowd-sourced intrastate investing to enable more startups and job creation" "Clubbing the Patent Trolls: state efforts to protect inventors and their inventions" "U.S. Turning Over Control of the Internet" "FCC and Municipal Broadband Regulation" "Amendments to ALEC Resolution Opposing the Expansion of the Federal Trade Commission's Authority" "Amendments to Resolution Regarding the Regulation of Broadband Information Services" "Amendments to ALEC Telecommunications Deregulation Policy Statement" "Amendments to Regulatory Modernization Act" "Spotlight on the States" 2013 States and Nation Policy Summit Substantive Agenda The following "model" bills were proposed for the Washington, DC conference:[12] "Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act" (PDF, p. 36) "Resolution to Support the Work of Telehealth Working Group on Interstate Compact" (PDF, p. 39) "Resolution Affirming the Digital Right to Repair" (PDF, p. 21) "Act Protecting Digital Equipment Owners and Small Businesses in Repairing Digital Electronic Equipment" (PDF, p. 23) "Consumer Protection Through Disclosure of Digital Rights Model Act" (PDF, p. 28) "Statement of Principles for Cybersecurity" (PDF, p. 18) "Statement of Principles for the Electronic Communications Privacy Act" (PDF, p. 37) "Electronic Data Privacy Protection Act" (PDF, p. 11) The following presentations and discussions were planned for the conference:[12] Spotlight on the States Panel: "Promoting Broadband, Protecting Privacy, and Growing E-Commerce in the States" 21st Century Technology Issues Panel: "What State Policymakers Need to Know About Congress, Startups, Copyright, and Emerging Technologies" "Bitcoin: Primer for Policymakers" "State University Public-Private Partnerships: How State Universities Help Businesses Deliver Market-Ready Solutions" "Critical Infrastructure: Securing the Nation's Backbone" "Interconnection: Technology and Policy" 2012 ALEC Winter Task Force Summit Substantive Agenda The following "model" bills were proposed at the Washington, DC conference: "Broadband and Telecommunications Deployment Act" (This proposal "seeks to provide greater clarity regarding conditions and fees that can lawfully be imposed on telecommunications providers relating to their use of such public rights-of-way.") "Local Cellular Phone Preemption Act" (This proposal states that "a city, county or other local government may not enact or enforce any charter provision, ordinance, resolution or other provision regulating the use of cellular telephones in motor vehicles.") "Parity and Certainty in Regulatory Treatment of High Speed Internet Access Services and Broadband Services and Providers Act" (This proposal "provides for regulatory parity and certainty at the state level in the critical areas of high-speed Internet access services and broadband services.") "Collocation & Streamlined Tower Siting Act" (This proposal "promotes and encourages the collocation of wireless facilities by revising and streamlining the approval process for additions to existing tower sites and expediting the permitting process for new sites.") "Wireless Competition Act" (This proposal "promotes and encourages wireless telephone competition by preventing unnecessary and burdensome regulation by the state utilities commission.") "Cable and Video Competition Act" (This proposal "provides for regulatory certainty at the state level in the critical areas of cable and video services with respect to the authority of Competitive Cable Service Providers and Video Service Providers to use the public rights of way to provide Cable Service or Video Service and to promote competitive entry by all Competitive Cable Service Providers and Video Service Providers.") "Phone Records Act" (This proposal contains several statutes relating to, "obtaining, selling, or soliciting a telephone record that pertains to another person without the person’s consent and providing a penalty.") "Enabling Legislation for Public-Private Electronic Information Network Partnerships" (This proposal "authorizes public entities to establish state boards, commissions and authorities with, but not exclusive to private sector, the private sector for the purpose of providing electronic access for members of the public to public information of agencies via a gateway service.") "Remote Video Court Appearance Act" (This proposal "allows the court to dispense with the personal appearance of a defendant, except an appearance at a hearing or trial, and conduct an electronic appearance by means of an fully interactive audio-visual system.") "Distance Learning: Wiring the Public Schools Act" (This proposal seeks "to establish a state distance learning policy, provide distance learning teacher certification, retrofit old classrooms, and provide technology for new classrooms.") "Distance Learning Commission Act" (This proposal supports "policy that maximizes infrastructure development and full public access at affordable costs.") "Telecommunications Regulatory Reform Act" (This proposal "encourag[es] the investment to develop and deploy new technologies and services, enhancing existing technologies and services, and accelerating efficient network operations management.") "Resolution on United States Encryption Export Restrictions" (This proposal "supports efforts to immediately relax current United States export control laws governing cryptographic products to a level which is readily available in the global market.") "A Resolution Regarding the Regulation of Intrastate Telecommunications Services in Healthy and Sustainable Competitive Environments" (This proposal is in "support of minimal, competitively neutral state and federal regulation of all telecommunications providers, including incumbent and competitive wireline carriers, wireless carriers and cable telephony providers.") "Resolution to Restate State Sovereignty" (The proposal "is designed to affirm the powers reserved to the States under the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution.") "Electronic Data Protection Act" (Presented by Rep. Garry Smith of South Carolina) (This proposal "aims to provide some clarity for the courts, law enforcement, and consumers by stating that a warrant or express written consent is required prior to search of wireless communications device incident to arrest.") "A Resolution Supporting Additional Commercial Spectrum" (Presented by Sen. Deb Peters of South Dakota) (This proposal "urges Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to use market-based mechanisms to free up [commercial] spectrum.") "Resolution in Support of Electric Power Grid Modernization" (Presented by Brad Viator) (This proposal "establishes seven foundational principles for electric power grid modernization.")[13] 2012 ALEC Spring Task Force Summit Substantive Agenda The May 2012 ALEC Spring Task Force Summit was held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The following model bills were adopted at Charlotte and then were sent on to the ALEC board for approval: "Facilitating Business Rapid Response to State Declared Disaster Act" (presented by Wayne Fonteix of AT&T) ("This act amends the state and public services law, state law, and tax law pertaining to declared disasters...")[14] 2011 ALEC Winter Task Force Summit Substantive Agenda No new legislation was proposed at the Scottsdale conference.[15] 2011 ALEC Summer Task Force Summit Substantive Agenda The following model bills were proposed at the New Orleans conference: "Resolution in Support of Federal Efforts to Address Rogue Internet Sites that Sell Counterfeit Products and Facilitate Digital Theft" (Presented by The Global Intellectual Property Center) (This proposal "supports efforts by the U.S. Congress to enact The PROTECT IP Act... or similar companion legislation, which will help the Justice Department to combat rogue websites that traffic in pirated music, movies and counterfeit goods and make it more difficult for rogue websites to operate.") "Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Resolution" (Presented by Sen. Wayne Niederhauser of Utah) (This proposal "encourages states to join the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax system. This system would allow states to collect sales taxes on out of state businesses while conforming their sales tax statutes to a single, uniform system.") "Resolution Adopting the 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning" (presented by Sen. Rich Crandall of Arizona) (This resolution proposes "that [State] adopts the Digital Learning Council’s 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning... It is the will of the Legislature that the Elements shall be incorporated as necessary though future legislation as well as immediate state regulation, strategic planning, guidelines and/or procedures on the part of the [State Education Agency], local education agencies, and any other relevant public or private bodies.")[16] 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Substantive Agenda From the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Program: "...the...Task Force shall meet to hear presentations from noted experts and leaders on timely topics including state responses to data breaches, broadband deployment, and First Amendment protections for video games...the Task Force will consider legislation dealing with current issues in the taxation of online retails sales, telephone regulation, and intellectual property."[17] Subcommittees E-Commerce Subcommittee,[12] Public Sector Chair Rep. Jason Saine (R-NC), Private Sector Chair Steve DelBianco (NetChoice)[18] Innovation Subcommittee[12] Information Technology Subcommittee[12] Consumer Protection, Critical Infrastructure, and Security Technologies Subcommittee[12] Broadband Subcommittee,[12] Public Sector Chair Sen. Deb Peters (R-SD), Public Sector Vice-Chair Rep. Joe Seiwert (R-KS), Private Sector Chair Wayne Fonteix (AT&T), Private Sector Vice-Chair Rick Cimerman (National Cable and Telecommunications Association)[18] Joint Working Group on 21st Century Commerce and Taxation[19] Model Legislation Review Working Group[19] Co-Chairs Blair Thoreson (R-ND), Public Sector Chair[20] Bartlett Cleland (Institute for Policy Innovation), Private Sector Chair[21] The Institute for Policy Innovation is a Texas-based think tank founded by Dick Armey that Politico describes as "known for its economic analysis of pending and proposed changes in tax policy, with its emphasis on free markets, limited government, supply-side economics and dynamic scoring. IPI focuses on issues of taxation, technology, education reform, and government regulation."[22] The Center for Technology Freedom was created when Bartlett Cleland joined IPI.[23] [24] On its website, IPI states that it is funded "wholly by contributions from individuals, businesses and other non-profit foundations."[25] According to its 2009 Form 990, IPI received almost $1 million in donations and foundation grants. Corporate, Trade or Other Groups Rick Cimerman (Senior Director, State Telecommunications Policy) presented on "Current Cable Industry Issues in the States at the FCC" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[19] Kelly Cobb (Model Legislation Review Working Group) introduced motions to strike the "Resolutionon MFJ Restrictions and IntraLATA Information Services," "Resolution in Favor of Unrestricted Caller*ID" and the "Resolution Lifting the MFJ Restriction on Long Distance Services" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[19] Larry Downes (Senior Adjunct Fellow, TechFreedom) presented on "The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Life and Business in the Digital Age" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting[19] Mark Elliot (Executive Vice President, Global Intellectual Property Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) introduced the "Resolution in Support of Federal Efforts to Address Rogue Internet Sites that Sell Counterfeit Products and Facilitate Digital Theft" at 

the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting

[19] Wayne Fonteix (Regional Vice President of State and Local Government Affairs, AT&T) presented on "The AT&T-T-Mobile Merger: A Status Report" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting

[19] Dan Hewitt (spokesman, Entertainment Software Association) presented on "The First Amendment and Constitutional Protections for Video Games" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting

[19] Andrew Kovalcin (Director of Stakeholder Advocacy, Global Intellectual Property Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) introduced the "Resolution in Support of Federal Efforts to Address Rogue Internet Sites that Sell Counterfeit Products and Facilitate Digital Theft" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting

[19] John Nothdurft (Legislative Specialist on Budget and Tax Policy, Heartland Institute) presented a "Report from the Joint Working Group on 21st Century Commerce and Taxation" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting

[19] Steven Titch (Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation) presented on "Federal and State Efforts to Mandate Privacy" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting

[19] AT&T

[19] Comcast

[26] Entertainment Software Association

[19] Global Intellectual Property Center (an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce)[19] Heartland Institute

[19] National Cable and Telecommunications Association

[19] Reason Foundation

[19] TechFreedom (self-described "non-profit, non-partisan technology policy think tank"

[27])[19] U.S. Chamber of Commerce

[19] Google

[28] Facebook

[28] Yelp
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Here is where the GOP and sometime Dems get their instructions from and we as consumers or citizens are not invited to the table unless maybe you have 5000 for an annual seat at the table. Please make people aware of this bill mill that is largely responsible for getting g their GOP candidates elected in 30 state houses and the white house and national houses. Do your remember voting AT&T or Comcast or Drug manufactures or Biotech or Dirty fuel companies or the USE Chamber of Commerce or Facebook or Google at the poll booths over the last 30 years? This is a few details from only one of the task forces ALEC sets up to dictate model bill policy to our elected officials. Many of the winning policy makers were heavily funded by these corporations on these task forces. When was the last news article, TV or radio report you saw, read or heard about this group? Why not? Who owns our 6 main media corporations that have been bought out or merged from 1000s to 6? These same corporations that are members. That is the biggest reason ever to fight for net neutrality and your voice and control online and over your devices.
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