OA65: How “Net Neutrality” Became “Selling the Internet” – A Choose-Your-Own Adventure, Part 2 (Plus Ann Coulter!)

In this episode, Thomas continues his choose-your-own-adventure in which we discover how two well-meaning efforts to protect privacy on the Internet somehow left us with the “Selling The Internet” Bill, S.J.R. 34.  We also tackle the wackiest of wacky lawsuits, starring everyone’s favorite Internet troll, Ann Coulter.

First, though, Andrew assigns homework to the listeners for the very first time, previewing what will be an in-depth discussion of the recent Federal Court order granting injunctive relief and blocking President Trump’s “Sanctuary Cities” executive order.

Then, we return to our story from Friday’s show, unraveling the connections between the FCC, the FTC, Internet Privacy, and the Republican Congress.

After that, we discuss the Berkeley College Republicans’ lawsuit against the school in connection with Milo Yiannopolous and Ann Coulter.  Is this lawsuit as hilarious as it seems?  (Yes.  Yes it is.)

Finally, we end with the answer to Thomas (and Phil!) Take the Bar Exam Question #21 about a state choosing first to recognize gay marriage and then trying to repeal it via a ballot initiative.  Remember that TTTBE issues a new question every Friday, followed by the answer on next Tuesday’s show.  Don’t forget to play along by following our Twitter feed (@Openargs) and/or our Facebook Page and quoting the Tweet or Facebook Post that announces this episode along with your guess and reason(s)!

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Andrew was a guest on Episode 209 of the Phil Ferguson Show; please give it a listen!

Show Notes & Links

  1. Here is a link to the decision by the Northern District of California enjoining the enforcement of EO 13768 that Andrew assigned as homework.
  2. This is the single sentence text of S.J.R. 34.
  3. And these are the 2016 FCC Internet Privacy rules (all 399 pages!) that S.J.R. 34 overturned.
  4. This is the earlier 2010 Open Internet Order promulgated by the FCC…
  5. …and this is Verizon v. FCC, 740 F.3d 623 (D.C. Cir. 2014), which struck down those rules.
  6. And this is the case of FTC v. AT&T Mobility, a 2016 decision from the 9th Circuit, discussed in depth in this episode.
  7. Finally, this is a link to the text of the Berkeley College Republican/Ann Coulter lawsuit, which is some truly hilarious reading.

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