Republicans in Congress already trying to overturn FCC’s latest votes

US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) today filed legislation to overturn the municipal broadband decision the Federal Communications Commission made earlier in the day.

The FCC today voted to preempt state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that prevent municipal broadband providers from expanding outside their territories.

“The FCC’s decision to grant the petitions of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina is a troubling power grab,” Blackburn said in a press release. “States are sovereign entities that have Constitutional rights, which should be respected rather than trampled upon. They know best how to manage their limited taxpayer dollars and financial ventures. Ironically, they will now be burdened by the poor judgment of a federal government that is over $18 trillion in debt and clearly cannot manage its own affairs.”

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Twitter adds “report dox” option, makes some users verify contact info

On Thursday, Twitter announced that its abuse-report system, which was recently refined to simplify and shorten the reporting process, has now expanded to allow users to report content such as self-harm incidents and “the sharing of private and confidential information” (aka doxing).

The announcement, posted by Twitter Vice President of User Services Tina Bhatnagar, explained that December’s report-process update was met with a “tripling” of the site’s abuse support staff, which has led to a quintupling of abuse report processing. “While we review many more reports than ever before, we’ve been able to significantly reduce the average response time to a fraction of what it was, and we see this number continuing to drop,” Bhatnagar wrote.

Thursday’s update also mentioned “several new enforcement actions for use against accounts that violate our rules.” Sources at Twitter have confirmed to Ars Technica that one of the site’s new enforcement actions will include a contact-information verification system—a first for the service. This means that in certain situations where users have been warned or temporarily banned but not permanently suspended, they will be instructed to provide either an e-mail address or phone number to return to the service. Ars was told that for the time being, this verification wouldn’t be applied to every warning or temporary ban.

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Morse Code Vs. Typewriter: Which Angry Verizon Net Neutrality Rant Wins?

The telecommunications giant is not happy about today’s FCC vote approving strict new regulations on internet providers. But the result is a couple of amusing press releases.

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In response, Verizon argued that the rules being applied were outdated relics from a previous communications era and would regulate the internet like the early telephone networks of the 1930s.

First, the morse code.

First, the morse code.

Verizon / Via publicpolicy.verizon.com


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