Another super wealthy person buys Cox Communicatio

first_imgAnother super wealthy person buys Cox Communications or Charter, for example. The new CEO offers three tiers of service. The highest tier is extremely expensive, but provides very fast internet access, with a special package that includes premium channels. That means only those who can afford the best package are getting the best internet speeds as well as access to content. The new CEO has–more or less–created internet ghettos. The hotly-debated topic, net neutrality, is back in the news–and it’s all because of President Trump.Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers and governments regulating the internet should treat all data on the internet equally. This means a provider can’t charge different fees or vary data speed, for example, based on content, website, user, application, and other factors.Consider what can happen if there were absolutely zero regulations in place keeping service providers from completely screwing over customers:Suppose some gazillionaire–such as Jeff Bezos, Mark Cuban, or a Trump–buys an ISP. Along with the ISP, that rich person picks up a few networks like NBC, HBO, or some independent channels. This mainstream, news-hating millionaire has ordered a bandwidth slowdown of channels with content he may politically disagrees, to create a poor user experience for that channel’s viewers. Eventually, he blocks those channels/networks, citing low viewership numbers. The Tech 100 is a column focused on the crossroads of tech, politics, and social matters. Follow @samaralynn Think these scenarios sound far fetched? They aren’t. Without regulations that uphold the idea of net neutrality, ISPs, cellular companies, and content providers are able to get away with these types of unethical behavior; anything to maximize profit, no matter how unfair to the consumer.Unsurprisingly, many Republicans and those in favor of the notion that corporations have rights, are against net neutrality. And President Trump just placed one such person, Ajit Pai, in charge of the FCC–the organization that oversees rules and regulations in telecommunications.Pai is a former lawyer for Verizon, and as you may imagine, Verizon as well as other ISPs and carriers are staunchly opposed to net neutrality. It’s clear that their goal is to place corporate interests before the consumers. That’s a detriment to the average person and particularly those in minority communities who may struggle to pay exorbitant fees for what, by now, should be considered a must-have utility just like electricity–affordable and equal access to the internet and content. Imagine if you just bought a Smart TV. Not only can you watch all the content you want on Netflix, Hulu, and Sling, but you can also browse the internet through your TV. You are so excited, you cancel your cable TV and now only pay for internet. However, your ISP has its own customized channels and content. They offer customers who have both their TV and internet package a maps app and an app to buy movie tickets. If you don’t have this package, then the ISP blocks you from accessing Google Maps and Fandango when you are browsing the internet. What’s New in TechnologyCollege Fires Diverse, American IT Staff, Repla…7 Surefire Ways to Destroy a Business Relationship be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/heres-give-damn-net-neutrality/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/heres-give-damn-net-neutrality/last_img read more

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Why Is It So Difficult For Rep Jackie Speier A Lawyer To
first_img Order Your Copy Strategies For Minimizing Risk Under The FCPA A compliance guide with issue-spotting scenarios, skills exercises and model answers. “This book is a prime example of why corporate compliance professionals and practitioners alike continue to listen to Professor Koehler.” Politicians of any party are entitled to whatever opinions they have regarding public policy issues or other politicians.However, they are not entitled to opinions about the basics of a law and what it captures.Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) is a lawyer and received a J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.  As such presumably she knows how to read a statute and determine its essential elements.Yet time and time again, as it relates to Representative Speier’s views on President Donald Trump, she has displayed a shocking misunderstanding of what the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act covers.As highlighted in this 2017 post, Representative Speier stated on MSNBC’s Hardball:“[I]f you do business in any country where you believe that there is money that`s being used that is being laundered, you`re subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”As highlighted in this February 2019 post, Representative Speier went on CNN and proclaimed the following about the FCPA:“It is a requirement that anyone doing business with a foreign entity make sure that none of the money that comes into a project has been laundered.”Most recently, Representative Speier went on CNN and continued to make false and misleading statements about the FCPA. She stated:“[W]e see that [President Trump] is willing to engage in criminal conduct, whether it’s in the White House or before he even became president. When he was willing to accept money from anyone and not comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which would require him to determine whether the money was laundered. And he accepted a lot of cash for many of his real properties. So you have criminality there.”Dear Representative Speier:Here is a copy of the FCPA statute. If you have any questions about the statute and what it covers, I’d be happy to answer questions. In fact, you can reach me at fcpaprofessor@gmail.com. Should you have any further questions, I invite you to my two-day FCPA Institute to elevate your FCPA knowledge.Regardless, please stop spreading false and misleading information about the FCPA. As a lawyer, you should really know better.To the media who continue to provide Representative Speier a platform to spread false and misleading information about a law – why?last_img
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