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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Roaming surcharges in the EU to disappear in June 2017, deal reached on net neutrality rules

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A provisional deal on new rules governing open Internet (net neutrality) and the abolishment of roaming surcharges was reached in the wee hours of 30 June after marathon negotiations between the European Council, Commission and Parliament, led by the Latvian presidency of the Council. Continue reading… “Roaming surcharges in the EU to disappear in June 2017, deal reached on net neutrality rules”

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Europe to abolish roaming charges by December 2015

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The EU is one step from ending roaming charges and delivering net neutrality for all Europeans.

The first move was to slash pricing of mobile phone roaming costs across Europe. Then calls were made to abolish mobile roaming costs completely, with a view towards “safeguarding citizens’ right to access an open Internet.” Today that vision has become a reality.

 

 

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Tim Wu’s “Master Switch” – The Rise and Fall of Companies Who Develop New Technologies

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Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who came up with the term “net neutrality” in a research paper, has just written a new book, “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires,” published by Knopf. The book chronicles the rise and fall of companies that develop new technologies, and discusses the future of the Internet.

 

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Americans Don’t Want the FCC to Regulate the Internet

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And the survey says?

A new survey from Rasmussen Reports reveals that just one in five American voters want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet, placing their faith instead in free market competition to protect the Internet’s U.S. users.

Rasmussen asked 1,000 likely U.S. voters, “Should the Federal Communications Commission regulate the Internet like it does radio and television?” Only 21% of those polled responded affirmatively, while a whopping 54% stated that they opposed FCC regulation of the Internet. One in four said they were not sure.

According to Rasmussen, the Republicans and independent voters surveyed, “overwhelmingly opposed FCC regulation of the Internet,” while Democrats were more evenly divided on the issue…

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FCC’s Net Neutrality Order Finally Passes, Many Disappointed

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Wireless users beware

The FCC approved net neutrality rules on Tuesday that aim to prevent Internet providers from discriminating against legal content. Net neutrality advocates, Republicans, and Internet providers are all, miraculously, in agreement with their disappointment in the legislation…

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How The Google/Verizon Proposal Could Kill The Internet In 5 Years

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Will the internet crumble into a ball of flaming corporate manipulation and fee structures?
Earlier this week Google and Verizon pledged to uphold a set of network principles that could transform the internet into a husk of its former self. Let’s look down the barrel of the Googlezon* future…
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