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The Lede. Net Neutrality Vote Today in Senate

The Lede, Wednesday, May 16, 2018
By David Royse

The U.S. Senate votes today on net neutrality.

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The Senate votes shortly on net neutrality and is expected to pass a bill to restore the Obama-era rules that said internet service providers have to treat all traffic the same.The rules, overtuned by the FCC last year, are set to expire in June.

While the Democrats pushing to save the net neutrality rules have enough votes in the Senate to restore them, the House isn’t expected to pass the measure. So what’s the point? In a word, November.

The Democrats believe they have found an election issue, and that voters will take action in November based on what they expect will be Republican opposition to restoring net neutrality.

Reminder: What’s net neutrality?

The rules that were thrown out said that ISPs can’t slow down certain content, or (and isn’t this sort of the same thing?) speed up certain content. They also can’t block it. For example, your internet service provider couldn’t make a deal with say, Spotify, that says if you use Spotify, you’ll download music really fast, but if instead you choose some other music streaming service, your downloads will be slower. With the change made by the FCC and set to go into effect in June, your ISP could now theoretically do that.

More on today’s vote from:
CNET
Fortune

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MORE TECH NEWS

Federal officials announced they’ve chosen 10 state, local and tribal governments for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, which will test ways of safely integrating drones into the nation’s airspace. Testing areas include the city of San Diego, the Lee County Mosquito Control District in Fort Myers, Fla., the Memphis airport authority, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Virginia Tech University and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, among others.

“Data gathered from these pilot projects will form the basis of a new regulatory framework to safely integrate drones into our national airspace,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

More on the program from the USDOT

A NEWSY DAY IN CANNABIS

There’s a lot going on in the world of one of the biggest emerging industries out there, the cannabis business.

From Massachusetts:
“Although commercial sales of marijuana will be allowed beginning July 1, most Massachusetts residents will find it difficult to find a retail shop open for business that day.” More from WickedLocal.com

From Florida:
The law put into place by the Legislature to implement a Constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana didn’t allow for it to be smoked. A challenge to that law, arguing voters meant to allow smoking cannabis, goes to trial today in Tallahassee. More from WCTV and WJHG

From New York:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says police will change their policies on arresting people for possessing and smoking marijuana – which had been criticized for over-targeting black and Hispanic people. And New York City’s Manhattan district attorney says he’ll stop prosecuting most of those cases anyway. More from LedeTree

And one cannabis business profile

Vangst has been called the LinkedIn of Weed. Learn how a just-out-of-college founder built the cannabis industry’s hottest player in the staffing sector. LedeTree

SPORTS BETTING FOLLOW:
California State Assemblyman Adam Gray is proposing a constitutional amendment that would make sports gambling legal in California.SacBee

NOTES FROM THE AGE OF DISRUPTION: 

Amazon
Gives Alexa More Voices. TechCrunch

Tencent
Sees profits surge on mobile gaming business. TechCrunch

Amazon, Gmail, Facebook
These are the most popular apps for milennials. Newsday

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About David Royse

David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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