NRA gives FCC chief Ajit Pai a rifle for repealing net neutrality

NRA gives FCC chief Ajit Pai a rifle for repealing net neutrality
On Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was given a rifle by the NRA during the Republican love fest known as the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland. So just what did the Trump-installed FCC chief do to receive such a gift? Pai was given the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award for repealing the net neutrality rules put in place by President Barack Obama back in 2015. Now deceased, Heston was a past president of the NRA. The award given to Pai is a Kentucky long rifle that will stay at the NRA’s museum in Fairfax, Virginia. The weapon was not allowed on stage during the ceremony.

Net neutrality prevents carriers and ISPs from charging consumers more for certain content. It also prevents a carrier/ISP from favoring one content provider over another by throttling data streams. Some argue that repealing the rule actually benefits consumers. For example, AT&T recently expanded its "Sponsored Data" program to cover pre-paid subscribers. With this plan, AT&T subscribers can view as much streaming content as they wish from DirecTV, UVerse, and Fullscreen without using the data they pay for each month. All three are owned by AT&T. However, the repeal also means that wireless operators will be able to prevent consumers from viewing certain content and websites.


On Thursday, 22 state attorneys general sued to block the repeal, which is scheduled to take place on April 23rd.

source: Reuters

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4. josephnero

Posts: 777; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Oh the irony

14. Lois13

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Can't tell if phonearena or CNN. Oh wait, Alan made sure to mention AT&T at the end so it's all good. Although you guys already posted an article on it a few days ago so it adds nothing. Just a weak attempt to make the article appear relevant to this website so Alan can get his political brownie points. What a load of s**t.

23. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Lois- I agree 100%. All corporate owned media, and now even little enthusiat blogs, have all become nothing but Left wing propaganda machines. Political talk has NO place on a tech blog. All techies support Net Neutrality.

31. LiveFaith

Posts: 390; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

The reason I left my last tech site. If I wanted news intended to stir the pot and divide our country politically, I would hang out at one of the many dedicated to it. This is loosely tech centered, but c'mon PA. Please don't start.

32. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Agreed. Crap like this is exactly why I left Engadget and Jalopnik, after being a constant poster on both from the beginning.

30. LiveFaith

Posts: 390; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Good for them. Every citizen should be armed.

47. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Every citizen makes their own choice and most choose not to be armed. I've never felt the urge to own any killing machines.

36. mcoomes

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

/sigh, still waiting for Turboc6 to answer my question. And I didn't name call or insult, either. Kind of my point, really. When faced with an honest, non-insulting counterpoint, the answer is...silence.

59. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

I have no desire to debate fools who do nothing but lie for their agenda. We all know the truth and see through the propaganda and lies.

49. Jrod99

Posts: 708; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Bye bye internet as we knew it.

66. ShadowHammer

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

That seems kind of weird that the NRA would have a strong opinion about Net Neutrality, considering that's not really their thing. Then again, it could just be a general "good job" removing some of the Obama era stuff, since they weren't exactly big fans of his policies. Or maybe they are worried that Net Neutrality would somehow squash their influence? I dunno, but Net Neutrality doesn't seem as clear cut to me as it does to others. A lot of nuances in terms of how you implement it.

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