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Show Notes: The Internet and the FCC – Welcome to 1934!

February 28th, 2015 · Government

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TIME FOR CONGRESS TO GUT THE FCC
Under an Obama-appointed chairman it is no longer independent but a
travesty.

http://spectator.org/articles/61910/time-congress-gut-fcc

THERE’S ALREADY A CONSPIRACY THEORY BREWING OVER NET NEUTRALITY
Why won’t they release the rules?!?!

Conservatives are demanding that the FCC release a full copy of the
regulations that it’s planning to impose on companies such as Comcast
and Verizon — and taking the agency’s silence as evidence of a
cover-up. Readers of an FCC blog post have suspiciously mused that
“these new regulations should have been published by now.” It’s much
the same over on Twitter.

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Welcome to the New, Slow Internet

February 27th, 2015 · Internet, Taxes

net_neutrality_handcuffedThe FCC is from the government and they’re here to help with your slow, sub-standard, unfair internet.

Welcome the Internet to the speed of regulation, denying millions of Americans the full potential of innovation and unfettered access. It’s now controlled and managed by a government that can’t even launch a functional ObamaCare website, an FCC whose website can’t even handle the simple task of accurately recording public comments, and an IRS that loses emails.

FCC interference in the Internet marketplace will hurt the very consumers proponents claim to protect. In most cases, net neutrality rules are either unnecessary or will limit innovative business practices by smaller firms, rather than abuses by Internet Service Providers. Even worse, the rules shift additional costs back to consumers and away from companies through bans on sponsored-data plans and other pro-consumer practices.

Left-Wing Funded Lobbying

Left-wing Ford Foundation and George Soros’s Open Society Foundation have provided financial assistance to groups supporting the Obama administration’s “net neutrality” agenda, donating $196 million and at least five individuals from these groups have ascended to key positions at the White House and FCC, according to a new report.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the Internet was “simply too important to be left without rules and a referee on the field.” In contrast, Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, a vocal critic of the plan and one of the votes against it, said the FCC was “turning its back on Internet” because “President Obama told us to do so,” back in October, 2014.

Media Coverage?

The Media Research Center found that broadcast news networks spent only three minutes, 38 seconds covering Obama’s proposal in nearly three months of coverage following his announcement, despite the plan’s major implications for free speech and the economy.

What About Taxes?

The Internet Tax Freedom Act bans taxes on Internet access, although that bill expires in October. While Congress is expected to renew that legislation, it’s conceivable that states could eventually push Congress for the ability to tax Internet service now that it has been deemed a vital public utility.

“Read my lips. More Internet taxes are coming. It’s just a matter of when,” FCC Commissioner Pai said.

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Seton Motley on So-Called Net Neutrality

February 25th, 2015 · Government

The 332-page secret memo from the Whitehouse, is going to eliminate free speech and innovation from the Internet. We have the fewest numbers of C-Corp businesses in this country in 30+ years, and that’s even with the innovation sparked by a free and open
Internet. The FCC is expected to vote on Thursday to bring full 1934-era regulation to the Internet.

Over the past two decades, the Internet has flourished and revolutionized our lives precisely because it has remained free of government overregulation. Recently, however, Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules that could
reclassify broadband Internet as a monopoly-era plain old telephone service of decades past.

Listen to Seton Motley and Craig Discuss the Problems

Listen to Seton Motley and Craig discuss the issues and problems at http://bit.ly/1JL6jRv

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Net Neutrality – Craig Peterson Show Notes 2/21/2015

February 21st, 2015 · Cars, Radio Show, Security, Tablet

Net Neutrality

The 332-page secret memo from the Whitehouse, is
going to eliminate free speech and innovation from the Internet. We
have the fewest numbers of C-Corp businesses in this country in 30+ years,
and that’s even with the innovation sparked by a free and open
Internet. The FCC is expected to vote on Thursday to bring full
1934-era regulation to the Internet.

Over the past two decades, the Internet has flourished and
revolutionized our lives precisely because it has remained free of
government overregulation. Recently, however, Obama’s Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules that could
reclassify broadband Internet as a monopoly-era plain old telephone
service of decades past.

http://www.stopnetregulation.org/

Lenovo Pre-Installing Evil Software

We recently learned that PC manufacturer Lenovo is selling computers
preinstalled with a dangerous piece of software, called Superfish,
that uses a man-in-the-middle attack to break Windows’ encrypted
Web connections for the sake of advertising.

Internet security for at least Internet Explorer, Chrome, and
Safari for Windows, on all of these Lenovo laptops, is now broken.

This is a serious security issue. For example, shortly after this
news became widespread, security researcher Robert Graham was able
to extract the certificate from the Superfish adware and quickly
cracked the password. With this password, a malicious attacker
would be able to intercept encrypted communications on the same
network (like at a cafe Wi-Fi hotspot).

How to Remove Superfish Adware From Your Lenovo Computer.

http://bit.ly/1EdBVuf

SIM Card Hack

Massive SIM card encryption key hack gives US, UK spies access to
billions of phones.

U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have reportedly hacked into the
computer network of giant SIM card maker Gemalto and taken
smartphone encryption keys potentially used by customers of
hundreds of mobile phone carriers worldwide.

The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), allowed
the two spy agencies to monitor a large portion of the world’s
mobile phone voice and data traffic, according to a story in The
Intercept.

http://bit.ly/187f7QX

How A 14-Year-Old Hacked A Car, Overnight, With $15 Worth Of Radio
Shack Parts.

He had an idea about using a wireless transmitter to connect to the
car and talk with the vehicle over the CAN bus. He got to a local
Radio Shack, spent around $15 on a circuit board, transmitter, and
other bits, and then spent the rest of the night creating a “smalltongue_in_cheek
robotics project” made from easily available parts.

Thankfully Radio Shack is closing down. Problem solved.

http://bit.ly/1CTuiVr

It’s not the Tablets That Are Rotting Kids Brains

No, Tablets Aren’t Necessarily Rotting Kids’ Brains. There’s a huge
range of things kids need to learn to thrive in real life. Toddlers
need to watch faces, talk to people who are listening and can talk
back, manipulate actual three dimensional objects, and so on. All
kids, like adults, need to keep their social skills limber and be
able to focus on tasks and learn good time management. So, while
tablets aren’t as bad as television, kids still need to develop
these real-world skills.

Kids who spent time at a no-screens-allowed camp showed better
social skills after just five days. While this was widely reported
as a strike against screen time, the results may have more to do
with what the kids did do than what they didn’t: They spent time
interacting with teams of their peers.

http://bit.ly/1GcMCwr

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NSA and British Governments Break Into Billions of SIM Cards

February 20th, 2015 · Security, cell phones

gemalto_logoU.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have reportedly hacked into the computer network of giant SIM card maker Gemalto and taken smartphone encryption keys potentially used by customers of hundreds of mobile phone carriers worldwide.

The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), allowed the two spy agencies to monitor a large portion of the world’s mobile phone voice and data traffic, according to a story in The Intercept.

The hack was detailed in a 2010 GCHQ document leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the story said. About 450 mobile carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Sprint, use the company’s SIM cards.

With the compromised encryption keys, the surveillance agencies would be able to monitor mobile communications without the approval of the carriers or foreign governments, The Intercept story said. The encryption keys would allow the agencies to intercept mobile traffic without court-ordered warrants or wiretaps, the story said.

GCHQ also said it had access to billing servers of mobile carriers, allowing it to manipulate customer charges in an effort to hide surveillance on phones, the story said.

Representatives of the NSA and Gemalto did not immediately respond to requests for comments on the story.

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