Feb 13, 2017

Former FCC chair defends net neutrality rules

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Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, fresh off what he called "intensive margarita therapy" in Cabo, spoke at a telecom conference in Boulder on Monday to defend the net neutrality and privacy rules the FCC adopted when he was in charge.

  • He said that networks "must be truly open, not just regulatory doublespeak saying 'I've got net neutrality here but it's an empty basket'" and that they "must have a default of privacy."
  • And he offered a warning to his successor, Republican Ajit Pai. "Whether [Web] 3.0 is realized is going to depend on the behavior of the largely uncompetitive networks run by fewer than six companies," he said. "And if the Trump FCC allows further consolidation that story only becomes worse."

The bigger picture: There's a battle coming over Wheeler's net neutrality rules — adopted by a 2015 party-line vote. Pai doesn't agree with a key legal foundation for the rules. Progressive groups and their allies in Congress have promised to put up a fight if Pai looks to dismantle the regulations.

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In photos: George Floyd's North Carolina memorial service

The remains of George Floyd are brought into Cape Fear Conference B Church. Photo: Ed Clemente/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Hundreds gathered in Raeford, North Carolina to honor George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis nearly two weeks ago has sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.

The state of play: This is the second memorial for Floyd. A number of his family members remain in Raeford, including his sister. He was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, The News and Observer reports.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 6,800,604 — Total deaths: 396,591 — Total recoveries — 2,785,268Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 1,908,235 — Total deaths: 109,443 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight coronavirus Fauci: "Very concerned" about spread of virus amid George Floyd protests — Cities offer free testing for protesters.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model as use of robots accelerates.
  5. Business: Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.

George Floyd updates

A protester holds a placard reading "Covid kills People, Racism kills Communities" as they attend a demonstration in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Photo: Paul Ellis/Contributor.

Thousands are gathering for a day of protests in Washington, D.C., almost two weeks after George Floyd's killing. Protesters in Australia and Europe staged anti-racism demonstrations on Saturday as well.

What's happening: A memorial service for Floyd is taking place in Raeford, North Carolina — near where he was born. Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all flags to fly at half-staff to honor Floyd until sunset. Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Philadelphia and Chicago.