Political operatives are faking voter outrage with millions of made-up comments to benefit the rich and powerful

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A fierce battle over the regulation of the internet was riddled with millions of fake comments in the most prolific known instance of political impersonation in US history.

Sarah Reeves sat on her couch in Eugene, Oregon, staring at her laptop screen in furious disbelief. She was reading the website of a government agency, where her mother appeared to have posted a comment weighing in on a bitter policy battle for control of the internet. Something was very wrong.

For a start, Annie Reeves, who loved to lead children’s sing-alongs at the Alaska Zoo, had never followed wonky policy debates. She barely knew her way around the web, let alone held strident views on how it should be regulated — and, according to her daughter, she definitely didn’t post angry comments on government websites.

But Sarah Reeves had a more conclusive reason to feel sure her mother’s name had been taken in vain: Annie Reeves was dead. She died more than a year before the comment was posted.

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FCC approves SpaceX plan for 4,425-satellite broadband network

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SpaceX has a green light from the FCC to launch a network of thousands of satellites blanketing the globe with broadband. And you won’t have too long to wait — on a cosmic scale, anyway. Part of the agreement is that SpaceX launch half of its proposed satellites within six years.

The approval of SpaceX’s application was not seriously in doubt after last month’s memo from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was excited at the prospect of the first U.S.-based company being authorized to launch a constellation like this.

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Cryptocurrency Will Replace National Currencies By 2030, According to This Futurist

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The cryptocurrency market, which trades various digital-based coins, can look exciting, scary, and mysterious all at once to the casual observer. Its pioneer, Bitcoin, dramatically surged in value and steeply dropped (before picking back up) in recent months. ICOs (initial coin offerings for new cryptocurrencies), meanwhile, are emerging at a head-spinning rate.

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Creating Spectrum for the Internet of Things

The wireless industry is against super WIFI networks while Google and Microsoft say it would spark innovation.

On February 3, 2013, the Washington Post boldly led a front-page story last weekend with the claim: “The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.”

 

 

 

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Cable companies lobby FCC to increase your bill and limit competition

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Currently cable companies must deliver broadcast channels in a way that enables tuners to display those channels without any extra hardware.

Cable companies are suffering from flat and declining cable TV subscription numbers.  So now cable companies are lobbying the FCC to force every cable subscriber to rent cable boxes or cable cards even if they don’t want or need them now.

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Loud TV commercials will soon be a thing of the past

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Those annoying ultra-loud TV commercials will soon be a thing of the past.

Today, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to pass regulations requiring broadcasters and cable and satellite TV systems to maintain constant volume levels. The order will go into effect one year from today.   The order “says commercials must have the same average volume as the programs they accompany,” says FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

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FCC to provide low-income homes with cheap broadband internet service and computers

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Low-income homes will be provided with $10 internet service and $150 computers.

Cable and computer firms along with the Federal Communications Commission have announced a program to provide low-income homes with $10 monthly broadband Internet service and $150 computers.

 

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U.S. Facing Spectrum Crisis – If Nothing is Done Your Smartphone May be Useless by 2013

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The U.S. is running out of wireless spectrum.

The United States is facing an imminent spectrum crisis in which exploding demand from smartphones will soon overwhelm the nation’s wireless capacit, according to the FCC.

 

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Television Broadcasters and Wireless Companies Fight Over Airwaves

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Broadcasters may be forced to give up spectrum.

Annoyances like dropped calls, maps that take forever to load and echoing voices on a mobile phone.  And, the dreaded “Cannot Open Page” iPhone users have come to know so well.  These annoyances are only going to get worse because the airwaves that carry cellphone signals and wireless internet connections are growing more and more crowded.

 

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