by Countable | 5.17.17
It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:
Federal regulators are expected to roll back one of the Obama administration's signature Internet policies this week, launching a process to repeal the government's net neutrality rules that currently regulate how Internet providers may treat websites and their own customers.
The vote on Thursday, led by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, will kick off consideration of a proposal to relax regulations on companies such as Comcast and AT&T.
If approved by the 2-1 Republican-majority commission, it will be a significant step for the broadband industry as it seeks more leeway under government rules to develop new business models. For consumer advocates and tech companies, it will be a setback; those groups argue that looser regulations won't prevent those business models from harming Internet users and website owners.
Read more at the Washington Post.
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The Trump administration will continue nuclear sanctions relief for Iran, keeping in place the Obama-era nuclear deal.
But the U.S. will also impose new economic penalties related to the country's missile work. Those sanctions will target military officials, according to the Treasury Department, as well as a China-based network accused of supplying ballistic missile material to Iran.
That represents a departure from President Trump's comments on the campaign trail against the nuclear deal negotiated under former President Barack Obama, who also renewed a series of waivers to U.S. sanctions on Iran shortly before leaving office in January.
Read more at The Hill.
"We have been conducting interagency meetings to understand the scope of the issue (of human trafficking), as well as gathering recommendations from the academic, public and private sector," Ivanka Trump, a top White House adviser, said in the Roosevelt Room. "Today, we bring an additional and critical group to the table, legislative leaders, to discuss concrete steps through legislation."
A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers joined Trump, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Heidi Heitkamp, as well as anti-human trafficking experts and leaders.
Read more at CNN.
New weapons sent to the Kurdish forces from the U.S. -- mortar shells, artillery and armored vehicles -- will help them tighten the noose on ISIS.
But those weapons have also infuriated Turkey, a key U.S. ally in the tumultuous region. It says the Kurdish fighters are linked to terrorists, accused of carrying out a spate of suicide bombings inside that neighboring country.
Read more at CBS News.
Read more about the arms deal at Countable.
Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.
The administration would channel part of the savings into its top priority: school choice. It seeks to spend about $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and another $1 billion to push public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.
The documents — described by an Education Department employee as a near-final version of the budget expected to be released next week — offer the clearest picture yet of how the administration intends to accomplish that goal.
Read more at the Washington Post.
— Asha Sanaker
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Please preserve net neutrality. Do not repeal the regulations that keep internet access fair and equal for all.
Net nutrality must stay equal for all.
Net neutrality is a must! We need freedom of the internet for all. This is just greedy corporations making things better for them and worse for the rest of us.
Keep net neutrality alive, open, and equal for everyone.
Schools of choice are just that--a choice. You choose then you should pay. I believe using tax money to fund for-profit "education" mills is just another way to line the pockets of the corporations and put lower income children at risk. Religious based schools are even more of an issue. They are certainly a choice and providing these schools with tax money puts separation of church and state in jeopardy.
School choice: I mean, what could go wrong with for-profit education. Surely corporation schools won't short students in the name of profit. Look how great privatization has worked on prisons, fake colleges, and health care that forces consumers to choose between death and complete financial ruin. That is all sarcasm, by the way, because I'm sure you won't get it. Stop screwing America because of your creepy religious agenda and your corrupt money grabbing ways.
Save net neutrality. Save net neutrality. I am your constituent. For once in your career, REPRESENT me. Do. Not. Repeal. Net. Neutrality. Listen to the people for once instead of taking corporate money to sell us out. Do the actual right thing.
Repealing net neutrality just makes it easier for corporations and special interest groups to bribe ISPs into filtering information for the public in an effort to push an agenda or shelter us from "fake news". Electronic horse blinders for the country. Scary scary times.
Don't be fooled. Funding school choice sounds good in many ways but it is also about giving tax dollars to for-profit corporations that make a lot of money starting charter schools. Many many of these companies start schools that have little to no real educational advantage other than "not being public school" with little to no structures capable of holding them accountable.
We need net neutrality! It's protecting us from our internet being held hostage by people that already make money off us.
Do not repeal net neutrality. There is no reason to give corporate interests another pay window. The net belongs to us all. Support your constituents not your donors.
I am opposed to any efforts to repeal net neutrality rules.
Why would you repeal this? Removing everything Obama did is not OK. This protects us. Why would you do it?
Stop Trump's agenda now: "Give to the rich. Rob America. Eviscerate earth. Eat it for breakfast." Stop the madness.
Please preserve net neutrality. Internet access should not go to the highest bidder. I realize this is probably an opportunity to line your pockets, but your constituents are wholly against this. Please respect our wishes.
Please keep net neutrality rules in place. These rules keep access to the internet fair and equal to everyone. The United Nations Human Rights Council has listed internet access as a basic human right. Giving companies (which in some areas are very much a monopoly) too much power will ensure corporations exploit people's wallets. Please consider every human being when you make this vote and make the right choice. Keep net neutrality rules in place.
Leave net neutrality alone!!
As the owner of a very small business that depends on access to the internet, I fear the effects of a rollback in net neutrality. My larger competitors will gobble me up and kill my enterprise.
Do not support the repeal of net neutrality.