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Net neutrality allies are ready to fight. But can it be saved? – CNET

The battle to save net neutrality is heating up as Senate Democrats edge closer to overturning the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulation and lawsuits challenging the agency are filed. But net neutrality supporters shouldn’t hold their breath. These efforts are long shots. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida is flanked by Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois while speaking last week about the Congressional Review Act resolution that would restore the 2015 net neutrality rules, Mark Wilson / Getty Images On Monday,…

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The first lawsuits to save net neutrality have been filed – CNET

The first lawsuits to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules have been filed. Attorneys general from 22 states filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to block the repeal of the rules. Mozilla, maker of the Firefox browser, also said it has filed a suit against the FCC, and several public interest groups have filed petitions in court. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the charge among the states, calling the FCC’s repeal “arbitrary and capricious,” according to a press release announcing the lawsuit. The…

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38 minutes of fear: How a Hawaii missile alert test went wrong

For 38 terrifying minutes, many Hawaiians spent Saturday morning hunkered in bathtubs and basements waiting for a ballistic missile strike that never came. 911 networks were overwhelmed and some fired off frantic messages to loved ones on the mainland. Hawaiian public officials called it a day they would never forget. The panic ensued after the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent out an alert that warned residents of an imminent ballistic missile strike and urged them to “seek immediate shelter.” “This is not a drill,” the ominous, all-caps push alert…

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FCC to probe mistaken Hawaii ballistic missile alert

The Federal Communications Commission chairman said that his agency planned to investigate the false ballistic missile warning that terrified residents of Hawaii on Saturday morning. The high-stakes alert error came just days after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday announced an upgrade and expansion of the same wireless emergency alert system that awoke many Hawaiians on Saturday. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai speaks to members of the media after a commission meeting on Dec. 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong / Getty Images file “Wireless emergency alerts (WEA)…

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Space 

Aerospace Corp. warns of terrestrial interference with critical satellite services

AUSTIN, Texas – During Hurricane Harvey, the Army Corps of Engineers shared data on water levels rising behind Houston’s Addicks and Barker reservoirs through gauges that send information to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) for rebroadcast to emergency managers. Those rebroadcasts were transmitted at frequencies of 1675 and 1680 MHz, an area of the electromagnetic spectrum the Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration have traditionally reserved for satellite services. In response to growing demand by terrestrial communications firms, the FCC and…

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Space 

Intelsat begins Galaxy fleet refresh with Orbital ATK satellite order

WASHINGTON — Satellite fleet operator Intelsat kicked off the beginning of a partial constellation replenishment focused on replacing the company’s Galaxy line of satellites with a Jan. 8 order to Orbital ATK for the Galaxy-30 satellite. Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK will build Galaxy-30 in anticipation of an early 2020 launch with a yet-to-be-named launch provider. In a prepared statement, Intelsat’s senior vice president of space systems Ken Lee said the Galaxy-30 satellite “will be the 11th satellite Orbital ATK has built for Intelsat, and represents the first satellite in the…

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Samsung Galaxy S9 could launch THIS WEEK: Release date, UK price, features, specs

GETTY Samsung’s Galaxy S9 could launch THIS WEEK Samsung is purportedly planning to unveil its next-generation Galaxy S9 smartphone next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. According to sources with knowledge of Samsung’s plans, the Galaxy S9 will make its first public appearance during the show, which this year runs from January 9th to 12th 2018. However, a spokesperson for Samsung told The Korea Herald “it is unlikely” the Galaxy S9 will be at CES 2018. This certainly doesn’t rule out the fact that Galaxy S9…

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Internet giants to join net neutrality legal battle – CNET

Sarah Tew/CNET The lobbying group representing Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Twitter and several other big tech companies plans to join the legal fight to protect net neutrality. The Washington, DC-based Internet Association on Friday said it plans to “intervene” in lawsuits that are expected to be filed against the Federal Communications Commission challenging its repeal last month of the 2015 net neutrality regulations. The Internet Association is not expected to file its own lawsuit.  Instead, it will work closely with other entities filing suit, such as the internet marketplace Etsy, which…

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FCC issues final order dismantling net neutrality – CNET

The Federal Communications Commission released on Thursday the final text of its order repealing controversial Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The 539-page Restoring Internet Freedom Order comes about three weeks after the agency voted 3-2 along party lines to dismantle rules passed in 2015 to ensure that all traffic on the internet is treated equally and to prevent broadband and wireless providers from blocking or slowing online content. The agency also voted to eliminate the legal foundation that gives the FCC oversight of internet service providers. Even though many people agreed…

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FCC chairman may be skipping CES due to death threats – CNET

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been under heavy criticism since the commission voted last month to dismantle net neutrality rules. Alex Wong/Getty Images Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai may have canceled his plans to speak at the CES tech trade show next week due to death threats, Recode reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources inside the agency. Pai was scheduled to sit down Tuesday with the head of the Federal Trade Commission, fellow Republican Maureen Ohlhausen, as part of a conversation moderated by Consumer Technology Association President Gary Shapiro. It would…

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