Verizon Slowed Down Internet Data Speed for Fire Fighters Battling Fires in Northern California This Summer, and Democrats Want Answers
Many individual cell-phone consumers are unfortunately familiar with providers’ practice of “throttling,” or intentionally slowing down internet speed and data transfer rates.
However, some say Verizon, one of the world’s largest telecommunication companies, took things too far when it throttled data usage of the Santa Clara County Fire Department while firefighters were battling the Mendocino Complex Fire in July, the largest wildfire the state has seen to date.
As back to school shopping season gets into full swing (gulp, already!?), the cost of college is top of mind for many – and with good reason. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2017–2018 school year was $34,740 at private colleges, $9,970 for state residents at public colleges, and $25,620 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.
That’s why Walmart’s announcement that it will pay for associate’s or bachelor’s college degrees for its 1.5 million full- and part-time employees is kind of a big deal. The nation’s largest retail employer announced in late May that employees will be able to pursue degrees in business or supply-chain management at three non-profit schools for just one dollar a day. The program, which is available to all Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club employees, will subsidize the cost of higher education. Degrees are being offered through the University of Florida, Brandman University in Irvine, California, and Bellevue University in Nebraska – nonprofit schools selected for their focus and strong outcomes on serving working adult learners.
The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on net neutrality. The vote, pushed by Chairman Ajit Pai, is expected to pass. What date will it occur? According to NPR, the vote is expected to happen on December 14. The five-member FCC has a Republican majority and the vote is expected to go 3-2.
The FCC board is also made up of Democrats Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn. The other Republicans include Brendan Carr and Michael O'Rielly.