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FCC Commissioner calls on BIG TECH to pay its ‘fair share’ of internet infrastructure

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Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr has a plan to close the digital divide and it involves big tech paying its “fair share.” Lately, streaming services have accounted for 3/4ths of broadband network’s traffic.

Big Tech has been enjoying a free ride on our Internet infrastructure while skipping out on the billions of
dollars in costs needed to maintain and build that network,” Carr wrote in a statement. Instead, Disney+, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime haven’t invested a dime in the necessary broadband. Meanwhile, “ordinary Americans, not Big Tech, have been footing the bill for those costs,” Carr wrote.

This funding system has created a society where only those who can afford to pay for the infrastructure get it, while others in poor or rural communities are left on the outs. But, if big tech began “footing the bill,” this would be much more stable revenue stream, according to Carr.

“Ending this corporate welfare is more than fair,” Carr went on. “Historically, the businesses that derived the greatest benefit from a communications network paid the lion’s share of the costs.”

So now, the FCC Commissioner is calling for the companies behind these streaming services to pay up “an equitable amount.”

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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