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SAY ANYTHING: FCC trying to help Trump win election with Twitter crackdown, Democrats say. “Pai’s Section 230 plan called a ‘reckless and politically motivated stunt’.”

No, it’s an attempt to put a stop to social media’s ongoing reckless and politically motivated stunts.

CHANGE: FCC chairman says he’ll seek to regulate social media under Trump’s executive order. “Social media companies have a First Amendment right to free speech. But they do not have a First Amendment right to a special immunity denied to other media outlets, such as newspapers and broadcasters.”

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GOOD: Free speech org launches public push to change law protecting Big Tech censorship.

SPACE LAW: FCC streamlined smallsat licensing regulations published.

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CHANGE: Phone carriers that profit from robocalls could have all calls blocked. Under the change, the FCC said carriers can block calls “from bad-actor upstream voice service providers that pass illegal or unwanted calls along to other providers, when those upstream providers have been notified but fail to take action to stop these calls.” Carriers that impose this type of blocking will get a safe harbor from liability ‘for the unintended or inadvertent blocking of wanted calls, thus eliminating a concern that kept some companies from implementing robust robocall blocking efforts’.”

I DON’T SEE WHY, IT MOSTLY PROTECTS DEMOCRATS. ESPECIALLY IF YOU EXTEND THE ELIMINATION TO ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, NOT JUST POLICE. Sen. Tim Scott: Ending qualified immunity is a “poison pill” for Republicans.

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WELL, YES: Our Plea Bargain System Can Make the Innocent Admit Guilt. Enter Michael Flynn. It’s significant that this point is being made in the WaPo, by extreme NeverTrumper George Will.

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SPACE: National Space Council in discussions on FCC orbital debris policies.

HMM: FCC Commissioner Wants To Know About 1000’s Of Phone Record Pages Received Via Schiff’s Secret Subpoenas. “FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has been looking for answers as to why Rep. Adam Shifty Schiff was behaving like his own personal FISA court in subpoenaing US Citizen’s phone deets. And Shiff is ghosting him.”

SPACE: FCC punts controversial space debris rules for extra study.

CHANGE: FCC Signals Likely Revocation of Four Chinese Telecom Firms’ Licenses: Commission says the state-owned businesses must prove they aren’t subject to Chinese government control.

The Federal Communications Commission ordered four Chinese state-owned telecommunications operators to explain why it shouldn’t withdraw permission for them to operate in the U.S., paving the way for likely license revocations.

The FCC sent orders Friday to the U.S. units of state-owned carriers China Telecom Corp. and China Unicom, as well as to Pacific Networks Corp. and ComNet (USA) LLC, both of which are controlled by Chinese government investment firm Citic Group Corp.

In a statement, the FCC said its orders “give the companies the opportunity to demonstrate that they are not subject to the influence and control of the Chinese government.”

The move is part of a recent push by U.S. regulators to root out Chinese links to U.S. telecommunications infrastructure.

The orders “reflect our deep concern—one shared by the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice and State and the U.S. Trade Representative—about these companies’ vulnerability to the exploitation, influence and control of the Chinese Communist Party, given that they are subsidiaries of Chinese state-owned entities,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in the statement.

It’s going to be hard for them to prove that they’re not under Chinese government control, since they’re under Chinese government control.

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO DRAG A COMMUNIST? IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME TO DRAG A COMMUNIST. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr’s thread lays absolute waste to ChiComs’ claim that China enjoys ‘freedom & transparency.’

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DOWNLOADS FROM SPACE: SpaceX gets FCC license for 1 million satellite-broadband user terminals. “ SpaceX asked the Federal Communications Commission for the license in February 2019, and the FCC announced its approval in a public notice last week. The FCC approval is for ‘a blanket license for the operation of up to 1,000,000 fixed earth stations that will communicate with [SpaceX’s] non-geostationary orbit satellite system.’ The license is good for 15 years.”

REMINDER: YOU NO LONGER NEED A COLOR TV TO WATCH THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATES. “The FCC announced today that the next Democratic debate will not require viewers to use a color television. The decision was made in part due to the fact that all the remaining candidates are white. The FCC cites several other reasons for the change, however.”

From the Babylon Bee, America’s Newspaper of Record.

GOOD: Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans punishment.

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HERE’S AN AGENCY THAT COULD USE A THOROUGH RE-STRUCTURING:  The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) was supposed to ensure that federal contractors do not discriminate.  Alas, in the Orwellian world we live in, it instead ensures that they do.

FROM AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: “The FCC announced today that the next Democratic debate will not require viewers to use a color television. The decision was made in part due to the fact that all the remaining candidates are white…The FCC will soon ask viewers to upgrade to color television in advance of the presidential debates this fall, as the incumbent will require televisions that display a brilliant orange hue.”

Heh, indeed.™

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CHANGE: FCC approves 988 as new U.S. suicide prevention hotline number.

SPACE: Satellite operators lose battle for private C-band auction worth billions.

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IT’S COME TO THIS: Don Cherry, the Canadian Sports Network’s legendary hockey announcer, was “fired from Hockey Night in Canada over recent remarks that caused uproar,” on Remembrance Day, which coincides with America’s Veteran’s Day:

Cherry, 85, had singled out new immigrants in Toronto and Mississauga, Ont., where he lives, for not honouring Canada’s veterans and dead soldiers.

“You people … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that,” Cherry said Saturday night on the popular “Coach’s Corner” segment. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

* * * * * * * *

The Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington was among the first to report the news about the firing on Monday. Cherry told Warmington that he was hurt to be fired today of all days, given it is Remembrance Day.

“I have just learned I’ve been fired by Sportsnet for comments made on Coach’s Corner Nov. 9,” Cherry told Warmington. “No problem.”

“I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers.”

“I speak the truth and I walk the walk. I have visited the bases of the troops, been to Afghanistan with our brave soldiers at Christmas, been to cemeteries of our fallen around the world and honoured our fallen troops on Coach’s Corner.”

The Rebel’s YouTube page notes that “Canada’s elites want to ‘cancel’ hockey legend Don Cherry, just for saying that all Canadians —including immigrants — should wear poppies on Remembrance Day. Ezra Levant agrees with Don (video):”

UPDATE: “Just in case you thought there was nothing they could do to make you hate the Multi-Cult more,” Kate of Canada’s Small Dead Animals blog writes, under the headline, “Hockey Night in Wokestan.”

The Rebel has a “Support Don Cherry” petition, which has almost 24,000 signatures, including mine.

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GLENN’S MAIL BAG: A longtime Instapundit reader who has lived in Hong Kong for several years reports from the front lines:

I went to two demonstrations last week.

Students held a protest in front of Legco last Monday and Tuesday and about 10,000 students showed up. They arrived around 4 pm and left around 8 pm leaving it as clean and neat as when they had arrived. I noticed one think that wasn’t there – policemen. Didn’t see a single police officer and it went off without a hitch – completely peaceful.

On Sunday, I went to the protest in front of the US Consulate. I think I only saw two police officers there. But I did see hundreds upon hundreds of paramilitary troops there. They had not only pistols but rifles (presumably with rubber bullets, beanbags and tear gas). They were decked out in full body armour, shields, helmets with mirrored face masks, no nametags and no ID numbers.

The march was loud but peaceful and the proceeded past the FCC and back down to Central where people were then going home via the MTR. Then three knucklehead supposedly were causing problems. Rather than arrest the three, put them in a paddywagon and send them off to the police station, they shut down the entire MTR station. They then chased those protesting to Wanchai, where they proceeded to shut down that station. They then chased them to Causeway Bay where they started shooting off tear gas and throwing tear gas even in places where there were no protesters (but plenty of media).

I would note that no damage was done anywhere by protesters until AFTER the MTR stations were shut down. I suspect that the Police did this on purpose. Rather than de-escalate and disburse the protesters at the end of the day, the police intentionally aggravated and incited the protesters. Why? To de-legitimize the protest to the US Consulate. To put the protesters in a bad light making them all appear “violent.” To discourage future protests by giving the appearance that if you show up at a protest, you’ll encounter violence.

How much tear gas did the Hong Kong Police fire between 1967 and 2014 (a period of 47 years)? ZERO.

But in the past three months, the police have fired off over 2,000 rounds of tear gas along with numerous bean bag projectiles and rubber bullets. The Hong Kong police gave training for years to the UK and elsewhere in how to deal with and de-escalate protests. Then about a decade ago, the Police decided to start sending their forces to China for “training.” Since then, the policy has moved from a de-escalation policy to a one of intimidation and fear.

There have been those that note that food requisitions have escalated much higher in the past couple of months, with many now speculating that Chinese PAP troops are now part of the HK Police Raptors Forces.

In sum, the Hong Kong Police of today are nowhere close to the Hong Kong Police of 10, 20 or 30 years ago. I completely sympathize with the average beat police officer today. But top management has decided to gear up a paramilitary force within the larger Police Force and use them liberally and with impunity.

This is not your father’s Hong Kong Police Force, and it is a very sad turn for the worse.

Indeed.

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COSSETED NEW YORKERS HORRIFIED TO BE ENSNARED BY THE RED (STATE) MENACE: Billionaire boss of Equinox, SoulCycle blasted for hosting Trump fundraiser.

On the other hand, Trump is a uniter, not a divider! This is the first Michael Moore joke that actually caused me to laugh:

WASHINGTON IS PRETTY MUCH JUST A GIANT SLUSH FUND: FCC Dings Left-Wing Nonprofits For Using Federal Program To Finance Pet Projects.

IF I WERE PRESIDENT I’D DRONE THESE GUYS: The FCC’s robocall offensive: text messages and international ‘spoofed’ calls targeted.

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I REMEMBER WHEN LARRY TRIBE WAS CONSIDERED A SERIOUS PERSON:

The “Resistance” warned us that if we elected an authoritarian such as Donald Trump, eventually there would be tanks in the streets of our nation’s capital. Well, on Thursday, their predictions finally came true.

I’m kidding, of course, but some on the left are not. Harvard Law professor Laurence H. Tribe tweeted a photo of tanks arriving in Washington for Trump’s “Salute to America” and declared “The resemblance to days before Tiananmen Square is chilling.” At Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989, the Chinese regime broke up pro-democracy protests with tanks and troops in a military action that resulted in a still-uncertain number of deaths that is believed to range between several hundred and several thousand. Totally comparable situation.

Of all the stupid freak-outs we have experienced since Trump was elected, the hyperventilation over his Fourth of July address and celebration on the Mall may be the stupidest.

His critics called his decision to insert himself into the Independence Day celebrations virtually unprecedented. Sorry, but Trump is not the first U.S. president to give a major speech on the Fourth of July. Harry S. Truman once delivered an Independence Day address in front of the Washington monument. Presidents Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush all gave Fourth of July addresses from Independence Hall in Philadelphia. And, in 1986, Ronald Reagan delivered a Fourth of July address from the deck of an aircraft carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy, strategically placed in front of the Statue of Liberty.

Trump’s address took this tradition to new heights on Thursday. Democrats complained before the speech that Trump was politicizing the Fourth of July. He did nothing of the sort. In a speech reminiscent of his outstanding remarks last month at Normandy, Trump delivered a soaring presidential address — a celebration of the greatness of our country. “As we gather this evening, in the joy of freedom, we remember that we all share a truly extraordinary heritage,” Trump said. “Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told — the story of America.”

He went on tell that story — from our struggle for independence, the fight to abolish slavery and secure women’s suffrage and civil rights. He called out the many great Americans who “defined our national character” from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Jackie Robinson. He celebrated our inventors and explorers — from Lewis and Clark to Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart and the Apollo 11 astronauts. And he vowed “we will plant the American flag on Mars” because “for Americans, nothing is impossible.” . . .

Millions of ordinary Americans who tuned in to watch must have been wondering what the fuss was all about. Democrats promised they would witness a partisan address. But instead, they saw the president deliver a deeply unifying speech that celebrated America’s accomplishments, and the courage of our men and women in uniform. With each passing minute, the president looked larger while his critics looked increasingly petty and small.

As one of my friends said, Trump maneuvered his opponents into attacking the Fourth of July.

CHANGE: FCC votes to allow phone carriers to block robocalls by default.

THIS WOULD PRETTY MUCH GUARANTEE TRUMP’S RE-ELECTION, WOULDN’T IT? U.S. Poised to Let Phone Companies Block Robocalls. “Responding to widespread consumer complaints, the Federal Communications Commission says it will take steps to give phone companies permission to block unwanted robocalls. Americans get billions of unwanted phone calls annually, making it the No. 1 complaint received by the FCC. But carriers have long been wary of blocking robocalls for fear of breaking the regulator’s call-completion rules that require phone companies to make sure calls reach their intended recipient. . . . Mr. Pai said the commission has scheduled a June 6 vote on a measure that would assure phone companies that blocking unwanted calls won’t run afoul of federal rules. The agency said it would enable phone companies to analyze their network traffic to spot and block robocalls. They could let customers create so-called white lists of approved callers and block all other incoming calls.”

I have a proposal of my own:

Under my proposal, any incoming calls from people not on my contact list wouldn’t go through unless the caller paid me something. Twenty-five cents would probably be enough to discourage phone spammers, who make huge numbers of (mostly futile) calls. (Though I’d be willing to go higher. Maybe I could charge phone-sex rates: I’d be willing to listen to most anything from anyone for $3.99 plus $1.99 a minute.)

Of course, hardly anyone would be willing to pay me that much, or even 25 cents, to receive a call. Which is the point. If it’s not worth a quarter for them to call me, why is it worth my time to pick up?

Give the phone companies a cut, and they’d get serious about addressing number-spoofing and other robocall tricks: There would be money on the line, and they’re nothing if not serious about revenue. (Plus, I’ll bet a cellular carrier who added this option to a plan would get a lot of subscribers.)

Let’s do this.

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REGULATORY CAPTURE: Why the US still won’t require SS7 fixes that could secure your phone. “The regulatory back door big telecom uses to weaken security regulation.”

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WELL, FEWER LAWS AND LOWER TAXES ARE OFF THE TABLE, OF COURSE: Lack of consensus at statehouse on how to reverse Illinois population loss.

THIS IS SHOCKING. ALL THE BEST PEOPLE ASSURED ME THAT THOSE FEW OF US WHO WEREN’T KILLED OUTRIGHT BY THE END OF “NET NEUTRALITY” WOULD BE REDUCED TO COMMUNICATING VIA SMOKE SIGNALS: More Americans Have High-Speed Internet Access Than Ever: Preliminary FCC report claims the number of Americans with high-speed connections grew by 20 percent in 2017.

PRIVACY: Selling 911 location data is illegal—US carriers reportedly did it anyway.

“The Motherboard investigation has uncovered what appears to be a clear violation of what the FCC required” in orders released in 2015 and 2017, Public Knowledge Policy Fellow Dylan Gilbert wrote. The 2017 order refers to data in the National Emergency Address Database (NEAD), saying that “the data in the NEAD and any data associated with the NEAD may not be used for any non-911 purpose, except as otherwise required by law.”

In order to use that database, mobile carriers “must certify that they will not use the NEAD or associated data for any purpose other than for the purpose of responding to 911 calls, except as required by law,” the FCC’s 2015 order states.

Section 222 of the Communications Act is the US law that requires carriers to protect CPNI, and it says that carriers may not use or disclose location information “without the express prior authorization of the customer.”

“The location of a customer’s use of a telecommunications service also clearly qualifies as CPNI,” the FCC said in a 2013 declaratory ruling.

“The Federal Communications Commission, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, needs to act immediately to enforce what appears to be a clear violation of the FCC’s rules against the selling of A-GPS data with third parties,” Gilbert wrote.

This kind of thing won’t stop until the punishment is commensurate with the crime. To that end, I humbly suggest a fine of triple the money collected from data sales, to be distributed to wireless customers whose data was sold.

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IT’S AS IF ALL THE LEFT’S EXISTENTIAL CRISES ARE JUST MADE-UP SHAMS: One Year Later, ‘Net Neutrality’ Zealots Proved Dead Wrong.

Net neutrality mania was so intense that one year ago FCC Chairman Ajit Pai had to cancel his appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show because of death threats he’d received. That was the same day the FCC published its final rule repealing “net neutrality.”

So-called experts predicted that removing this cumbersome Obama-era regulatory scheme — which granted the FCC virtually unchecked power over internet providers — would lead to the demise of the internet.

Repealing “net neutrality” regulations “would be the final pillow in (the internet’s) face,” said The New York Times. The ACLU said it “risks erosion of the biggest free-speech platform the world has ever known.” CNET declared that “net neutrality repeal means your internet may never be the same.” CNN labeled repeal the “end of the internet as we know it.”

One of the Democratic commissioners on the FCC claimed that repealing “net neutrality” would “green light to our nation’s largest broadband providers to engage in anti-consumer practices, including blocking, slowing down traffic, and paid prioritization of online applications and services.”

There were protests and lawsuits. The biggest companies on the internet mounted online campaigns. Democrats vowed to make “net neutrality” a major campaign issue.

A year later, none of the horror stories came true. In fact, average internet speeds climbed by roughly a third last year. The number of homes with access to fiber internet jumped 23% last year, according to the Fiber Broadband Association.

Oh, and “net neutrality” was a nonissue in the Democratic midterm campaigns. One party official said that Dems didn’t campaign on it because: “It’s not something that people bring up in their top list of concerns.”

Who could have seen that coming? Well, not me, because I died from the tax cuts.

SINCE WE WERE ALL KILLED BY THE REPEAL OF NET NEUTRALITY, THIS REALLY ISN’T TOO BIG A DEAL: FCC to shutter ‘most operations’ if government shutdown continues.

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PLEASE: 35 States Tell the FCC to Get Off Its Ass and Do Something About Spoofed Robocalls.

Last November, the FCC created the 2017 Call Blocking Order, which is supposed to provide phone companies a means of weeding out and blocking robocalls. But a group of concerned attorneys general have observed that the robocall issue is getting worse, despite the order.

In 2017, the Federal Trade Commission received 4.5 million complaints about robocalls. The formal comment released today states that reports reflect there were an estimated 30.5 billion illegal robocalls made to cellphones and landlines last year.

The formal comment shakes its fist at scammers and spammers that have plagued the nation’s phones with robocalls—especially calls from spoof numbers that make it seem like the calls are coming from a nearby area code.

I get about a half-dozen of these things each day, and more during tax season.

WAR ON THE PRESS (CONT’D): ‘Chilling message’: Hong Kong refuses to explain FT journalist visa denial.

The unprecedented denial of a visa to a Financial Times journalist “sends a chilling message to everyone in Hong Kong,” the paper said Sunday, as press groups and politicians in the city continued to denounce the move.

Asia news editor Victor Mallet was informed Friday that his visa renewal — usually a procedural matter — had been refused, weeks after he hosted a controversial pro-independence activist in his role as vice president of the city’s Foreign Correspondent’s Club (FCC).

“No criticism has been offered of his work as a journalist,” the FT editorial board said. “In the absence of any proper explanation for the decision, it is therefore hard to resist the conclusion that it amounts to retribution for his role as (FCC vice president).”

A huge amount of pressure was applied to the FCC by both the Hong Kong and Chinese governments to cancel the talk by Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party in August.

The Hong Kong National Party has since been banned — itself an unprecedented move — though it was completely legal at the time of his speech.

Over the last couple of days we’ve had an (allegedly) murdered Saudi journalist at a Saudi consulate in Turkey, a murdered Bulgarian journalist in Europe, and now this.

It’s almost as though the dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands anywhere else.

ANDREW COX: Justice Kavanaugh, More than a Puppet. “Far from political ideology, what seems to be of the upmost importance to Kavanaugh, is answering the question: whether Congress has provided the agency with authority to issue whatever regulation is in question? Notably, both in dissents, Kavanaugh has asked this question of the EPA and FCC. With respect to the EPA, Kavanaugh contested the agency’s attempt “to permit regulation of an environmental problem that Congress did not anticipate when it enacted the statute.” And with respect to the FCC, Kavanaugh questioned the agency’s ability to implement net neutrality laws saying: ‘If an agency wants to exercise expansive regulatory authority over some major social or economic activity . . . an ambiguous grant of statutory authority is not enough. Congress must clearly authorize an agency to take such a major regulatory action.'”

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WITH THE GLOBE ORGANIZING A “FREE PRESS” EDITORIAL CAMPAIGN FOR TOMORROW, A REMINDER: The Globe conducted own ‘dirty war’ on free press.

Boston had seven daily newspapers when I started out as a newspaper reporter in the early sixties. Now there are two.

Those papers were the old Boston Herald, the p.m. Boston Traveler, The Boston Globe, Boston Evening Globe, Boston American, Boston Record and Christian Science Monitor.

In between then and now, five failing newspapers folded or were merged. And President Trump had nothing to do with killing any of them.

The same thing happened during the same period in New York, which lost the New York Mirror, The Herald Tribune, The World-Telegram & Sun and Journal-American. Now New York is down to three newspapers. And there is still no evidence that Trump had anything to do with the demise of the other four.

Neither Boston nor New York has seen a single newspaper fold since Trump became president and launched his “dirty war” (a Boston Globe phrase) against the press.

As a matter of fact, the media seems to be thriving under Trump’s unorthodox presidency. . . .

The dictionary definition of “dirty war” is: “A war conducted by the military or secret police of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the regime’s use of kidnapping, torture and murder, with the civilian population often the victims.”

If the Globe believes this, it has become as unhinged as CNN.

This recalls a real “dirty war” against a free press that was conducted by the Globe in Boston a generation ago.

This took place when the Boston Herald Traveler (the papers merged in 1967) sought to renew its license to continue operation of the original WHDH-TV.

Back in the 1960s the conservative Herald Traveler and the liberal Globe were locked in serious competition for circulation and advertising, while the merged Hearst-owned Record American looked on.

It was no secret that revenue from the television station kept the Herald Traveler alive, which the Globe resented.

Working behind the scenes, the Globe supported a group of liberal investors who formed Boston Broadcasters Inc. to compete for the license before the Federal Communications Commission. It promised more public interest broadcasting, which never materialized.

So confident were they that they would strip the Herald Traveler of its license, Boston Broadcasters began building a television facility in Needham even before the issue was adjudicated. The fix was in.

The Globe went to work in Washington to defeat the Herald Traveler.

The back story was that the Globe covertly used its political columnists and reporters to pressure future House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill of Cambridge and other Massachusetts political figures to persuade the FCC to deny the Herald Traveler the license.

It worked. . . . The Globe has shut down more newspapers in Boston than Donald Trump.

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JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE A CONSPIRACY THEORIST DOESN’T MEAN THEY’RE NOT OUT TO GET YOU: FCC Shuts Down Liberty Radio, Alex Jones’ Pirate Flagship Radio Station.

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I BLAME THE “CLIMATE OF HATE” CREATED BY NET NEUTRALITY ACTIVISTS: Feds Arrest Man Who Threatened FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Children.

I believe it was in Bruce Sterling’s Holy Fire that the preferred mode of assassination was to get Internet crazies agitated against somebody. Seems like we’re nearly there. Once again, science fiction becomes reality. I’d rather have had a Mars colony, though.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: “If you’re wondering why you passed so many dead corpses laying on the side of the road while you drove to work this morning, that’s just the repeal of net neutrality taking effect. It’s official: according to the FCC, starting this morning there is no more net neutrality.”

How bad is it? FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is taking the Internet all the way back to the way it was in the stone knives and bearskins era of (checks article for date of net neutrality passage)…2015. But maybe I should dust off my TRS-80 and 300 baud Hayes Smartmodem just in case.