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Idaho internet provider blocks Facebook, Twitter amid ‘censorship’ concerns

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An internet provider in Idaho confirmed it will be blocking Facebook and Twitter from its WiFi service for some customers beginning Wednesday.

According to a report by KREM 2, the T1 WiFi service provider said it decided to block Twitter and Facebook after the company received several complaints from customers regarding censorship on the platforms.

This comes after Twitter and Facebook banned President Donald Trump from their platforms due to violations of their terms of service.

In an email posted to Twitter by a customer, T1 WiFi says, “We have the past couple days been fielding calls from customers voicing the concern that they do not want these sites allowed to be displayed on their internet feed to them and that they do not want their children to go to these sites.”

The email went on to explain that there are too many customers asking for the sites to be blocked and it would be very “tiresome” and “expensive” to visit each customer that wants the sites blocked.

The email continues, “There are too many people that have called for us to do one [customer] at a time so we will be blocking [Facebook and Twitter] and any other website that may also be censoring.”

The company says that two-thirds of its customers asked for the sites to be blocked.

Initially, the company said too many customers had requested the sites be blocked, so it would block them for all customers except for those who called the company and requested access. However, the company said Monday that those who didn’t request the sites be blocked would still have access.

The email explained that the T1 WiFi company does not condone big tech companies like Facebook and Twitter censoring users, so in return, they will be blocking them from their service.

“Our company does not believe a website or social networking site has the authority to censor what you see and post and hide information from you,” the email reads. “This is why with the amount of concerns, we have made this decision to block these two websites from being accessed from our network.”

“We also don’t condone what Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook and Apple are doing either to Parler by trying to strong arm them into submission. Actually looks like they are trying to exterminate the competition.”

T1 WiFi’s actions could be considered censorship by violating Washington state’s Net Neutrality law.

The issue is being investigated by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division, according to reports.

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Biden Energy Secretary Subject of Ethics Complaint for Promoting Electric Company She Held $1.6 Million in Stock

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US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm
US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

President Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has received an ethics complaint for promoting an electric bus company she sat on the board of and held over a million dollars of stock in. She did so all while being a part of the executive branch in Biden’s administration.

Breitbart reports Granholm, “who oversees moving the country toward an electric vehicle transportation system and enjoys newfound powers after the passage of Biden’s infrastructure package — is facing scrutiny for promoting Proterra, a Burlingame, California-based electric bus company she sat on the board of and held 240,520 shares of stock in, which garnered her $1.6 million when she finally divested them 157 days after her nomination.”

Critics say Granholm has promoted Proterra in her official capacity as energy secretary and for hyping grant access to companies with connections to Proterra. Additionally, they say Granholm’s promotion of Proterra has increased its visibility and therefore the value of her stock before she was required to sell her shares due to ethics rules.

As of Monday, the company had a market cap of $2.6 billion. Granholm also promoted Burlingame, a California electric vehicle company, at the same time “Democrats in Congress were crafting – and ultimately passing – Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, which dramatically increases Granholm’s authority as energy secretary to advance private sector companies in the transition to an electric vehicle-based transportation infrastructure” reports Breitbart.

The infrastructure package “grants as much as $174 billion to green vehicles and $456 billion to zero-emission buses to ‘replace 50,000 diesel transit vehicles and electrify at least 20 percent of our yellow school bus fleet’ and ‘to build a national network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030.”

Breitbart reports:

Granholm’s involvement with Proterra started in March of 2017 when the company announced she would be joining its board ostensibly due to her experience with the automotive sector when she served as Michigan’s governor from 2003 to 2011. Proterra hoped to use Granholm’s “track record for producing a high-quality clean energy and transportation workforce in the Midwest” to launch the company into the “next phase of strategic growth and national deployment,” its press release explained. During her time on the board, Granholm supplemented her considerable income by simultaneously serving on the boards and consulting for various left-wing organizations as well, such as American Bridge PAC and Media Matters.

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