Nov 27, 2017

An 11th hour rally for net neutrality

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Even as FCC chairman Ajit Pai moves forward with his plan to repeal net neutrality, advocates for the rules are mounting a full-court press.

The big picture: Opinions range on a future without net neutrality from those who see competition leading to little change to those who fear a drastically changed world with fast and slow lanes, people being forced to pay extra for the full internet, as well as deals that prioritize content produced by wealthy firms.

  • Jessica Rosenworcel, part of the Democratic minority on the commission, wrote an op-ed in the LA Times urging people to take action.
  • Meanwhile, a Columbia law professor wrote a piece in the New York Times making the case for the courts to get involved.
  • One of the most impassioned pleas has come from the ranks of Silicon Valley — the HBO show, not the actual tech hotbed upon which it is based. Actor Kumail Nanjiani (who plays Dinesh on the show) has offered up consistent and cogent arguments on why such protections are needed.
  • Even if the repeal takes place at the FCC, many people (even some opposed to the FCC being involved) want to see Congress codify at least some of the principles at the heart of net neutrality

Go Deeper: I spoke about the current state of net neutrality on NPR's Weekend Edition, including the varied views on what the internet might look like in the absence of net neutrality rules. Meanwhile, Kim Hart offered up her view on PBS' NewsHour.

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Trump announces 30-day extension of coronavirus guidelines

President Trump announced on Sunday that his administration will extend its "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidelines until April 30 in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, which has now infected more than 130,000 Americans and killed nearly 2,500.

Why it matters: Top advisers to the president have been seeking to steer him away from Easter as an arbitrary deadline for the U.S. to open parts of its economy, amid warnings from health officials that loosening restrictions could cause the number of coronavirus cases to skyrocket.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 716,101 — Total deaths: 33,854 — Total recoveries: 148,900.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 136,880 — Total deaths: 2,409 — Total recoveries: 2,612.
  3. Federal government latest: The first federal prisoner to die from coronavirus was reported from a correctional facility in Louisiana on Sunday.
  4. Public health updates: Fauci says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from virus.
  5. State updates: Louisiana governor says state is on track to exceed ventilator capacity by end of this week — Cuomo says Trump's mandatory quarantine comments "panicked" some people into fleeing New York
  6. World updates: Italy on Sunday reports 756 new deaths, bringing its total 10,779. Spain reports almost 840 dead, another new daily record that bring its total to over 6,500.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Trump touts press briefing "ratings" as U.S. coronavirus case surge

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President Trump sent about a half-dozen tweets on Sunday touting the high television ratings that his coronavirus press briefings have received, selectively citing a New York Times article that compared them to "The Bachelor" and "Monday Night Football."

Why it matters: The president has been holding daily press briefings in the weeks since the coronavirus pandemic was declared, but news outlets have struggled with how to cover them live — as Trump has repeatedly been found to spread misinformation and contradict public health officials.