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Yet another 'regulation' to add to the long list of regulations that
the public has no say in, no vote, no participation.
These steps are being taken for several reasons. The main reason is
ultimately to protect themselves and their subversive activity. The amount
of documented data as to the actions of our own government is beyond
damning, and this is NOT just under Obama, it is going back 50 years plus.
The current admin is simply following in the steps of those who already have
subverted the country, over the same 50+ years. Why so many do not understand
this I have no idea. It is not conspiracy, the evidence of subversion is clear, yet
the same blind process continues...thinking it will result in a different outcome.
It rarely does, maybe for a short time it appears there is an improvement, but
over time, yet more steps to control and subvert, no matter what 'party', because
the forces behind this subversion also exist outside of the country. So the regulation
being discussed can ultimately benefit Washington in many ways...LONG term.
Short term? It could have benefits for consumers...but one must look past the short term.
Look what happened after say the 'patriot act'. At first everyone was on board...a few years
down the road, it was used against everyone to some extent, violation of privacy, slow stripping
of personal liberties, and opened a much broader door for intelligence agencies to gather
data on every person, whether it was warranted or not.
THAT is the end result of a bad idea that so few gave proper thought to. Now it is easier than ever to gather data on folks,
cell phones, social networking, webmail, it all filters through NSA servers to a large degree,
with few thinking anything is wrong with that scenario.
Long term, this regulation is likely to of course cost consumers more, in many ways. Just remember,
this type of regulation is NOT put in place as advertised...it has the capacity for government to
control what we access on the internet, but few will admit to it.
Realize at first it would seem like a good thing, and could be a good thing...but over time, using
the theory of gradualism that is always implemented, and as time passes, the true benefits are
seen, and those benefits offer control, corporate control, over what content is offered.
In the absolute worst-case scenario, we could be looking at a sponsored Internet in the future, where
the only things Verizon or Comcast subscribers see is the information those providers want them to see.
That means small businesses, who can't afford to pay providers like Verizon or Comcast to promote
their content, might die, and only larger companies who can afford to pay will have their content spread
across the web. In other words...the small guys get smothered by costs, pushing them out of the way
in favor of the corporate machine. This has been a pattern for many years, it is getting more difficult
for the small entrepreneur to climb the growing ladder of regulations and conduct their business with
ease as it should be. Government is not a friend to small entrepreneurs.
Do not believe for a moment this is going to play out as advertised, because the potential for yet more
abuse is real, and yet what are we to do? You can bet the farm a FEW wil benefit greatly, and leave both
consumers and small business hanging out to dry. This is just one area of potential problems, and the fact
of how often we are lied to, if this passes...give it time to show its true motives.
By Julian Hattem - 02/25/15 08:17 AM EST Congressional Republicans are continuing to push full steam ahead with plans to stop federal regulators’ “power grab of the Internet,” according to a top senator.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the head of the Commerce Committee and the third-ranking Senate Republican, said he had no intention to give up the fight.
“One way or another, I am committed to moving a legislative solution, preferably bipartisan, to stop monopoly-era phone regulations that harm Internet consumers and innovation,” he said in a statement late Tuesday evening.“Any claims that Republicans have conceded or surrendered to the Obama administration’s power grab of the Internet through FCC [Federal Communications Commission] action is a mischaracterization of our ongoing efforts.”
The comment came after the publication of a New York Times story claiming that Republicans had “conceded” the issue to the Obama administration.
The story quoted Thune saying that lawmakers are “not going to get a signed bill” without Democrats onboard, which does not seem likely as the FCC process is ongoing.
He has spent weeks working on legislation to enshrine some net neutrality principles in law — such as preventing Internet service providers from blocking, slowing or enacting “fast lanes” on the Internet — but that blunt the FCC’s power in other ways. Despite conversations with the top-ranking Democrat on the Commerce Committee, Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.), Democrats have yet to endorse the bill.
Thune has previously said that that process might get easier after the FCC’s vote on Thursday to impose tough utility-style rules on access to the Web.
"I think right now, the critical thing is getting past the 26th, because right now everybody's kind of gone to their respective corners,” he told reporters on Capitol Hill earlier this month. “And then maybe we'll have a better atmosphere for working on a solution."
Cellphone chip maker confirms U.S., UK hack, denies theft
By Cory Bennett - 02/25/15 08:18 AM EST
The cellphone chipmaker that U.S. and United Kingdom spies reportedly hacked has confirmed the intrusion, but claims its valuable encryption data was not stolen. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), had broken into Dutch company Gemalto to steal data that allowed the agencies to decrypt cellphone communications. Gemalto manufactures SIM cards — which help encrypt a cellphone’s data — for major cellphone service providers like AT&T and Verizon. Shortly after the hacking reports surfaced, the company started investigating the incident.
“We can confirm that we experienced many attacks,” Gemalto said in a statement. However, “the attacks against Gemalto only breached its office networks and could not have resulted in a massive theft of SIM encryption keys.” With SIM encryption keys, security experts said the NSA and GCHQ would have the ability to eavesdrop on billions of phones around the world. Gemalto said the company had installed measures by 2010 to stymie the type of cyberattack the spy agencies were using. The Dutch firm believes the hacking occurred in 2010 and 2011. “The operation aimed to intercept the encryption keys as they were exchanged between mobile operators and their suppliers globally,” the company said. “By 2010, Gemalto had already widely deployed a secure transfer system with its customers and only rare exceptions to this scheme could have led to theft.” Even if U.S. and UK agents were able to make off with SIM encryption keys, Gemalto said it would only be able to use the information to decrypt communications on 2G mobile networks. For the past several years, most phones have moved to 3G and 4G networks, which “are not vulnerable to this type of attack,” the chip maker said. Gemalto also warned other manufacturers. The leaked NSA documents, the company said, reveal the NSA and GCHQ were also trying to infiltrate “numerous parties beyond Gemalto." Gemalto was simply "the target of choice" as the biggest chip maker, it said.
Re: In two days - feds to take over internet usage - what it means to you - it ain't
As frustrating as this is, more than likely the powers that be are already, for the protection of the American people of course, doing this... This could very well be a situation where they will "seemingly" ensuring our liberty as it pertains to the internet, but the reality is we are already being monitored ... Do not be surprised by this...
Tyranny succeeds where lawlessness breeds... Their success is based on the spiritual state of our country as a whole... A fact often looked because, well, sin has become a way of life for many... This is a fact that many of the founders of this country warned us about as it pertained to immoral behavior... The more laws that are enacted, the more liberty becomes a distant memory...
Thanks for the post OOTW... God bless...
PS... Facta, Regulations ECT... Welcome to the New Word Order....