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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - KY: Media Reform

Affordable access to high-speed internet is being threatened by an FCC proposal, say advocates for consumers. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to redefine broadband by lowering the standard for speed, a move advocates for affordable access say will hurt many Kentuckians. The regulatory agency currently defines home broadband at 25 megabits per second. FCC chair A

An online protest, calling on the FCC to not ditch net neutrality, is scheduled for Wednesday. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After winning the battle for open Internet rules two years ago, net neutrality advocates are hoping a wave of public comments can help them keep the rules in place. Net Neutrality Day of Action this Wednesday is an online protest of the Federal Communications Commission's re

Advocates for net neutrality worry that under the Trump administration, the Federal Communications Commission may reverse course on its rules to treat the Internet like a utility. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guaranteed equal access to the Internet two years ago, when the regulatory agency passed net neutrality, backed by the Obama administration. Nearly 4 million public comments helped cement the open Internet rules. But will they survi

Broadband will be added next month as an option for lower-income Kentuckians who qualify for Lifeline, the government program that subsidizes telecommunications services. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – In March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to modernize its Lifeline program, which offers lower-income households a discount on one telecommunications service. Broadband becomes a choice Dec. 2. Eligible consumers currently can apply their subsidy to voice s

A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell

PHOTO: Congressional Republicans are banking on the budget bill to block the Federal Communications Commission from implementing its net neutrality rules, but supporters say that would be a blow to consumers, particularly in rural areas, who deserve a level playing field. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided earlier this year to treat the Internet like telephone service, it was hailed by supporters of net neutrality as a way to close the so-called "digital divide" between rural and urban areas. However, Republicans in Congr

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The home-security industry is sounding the alarm about deregulating phone service in the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Senate on Monday approved what's become known as the AT&T bill, making it the first bill to land on the governor's desk this legislative session. The bill frees the b

PHOTO: The FCC chairman proposes treating the Internet like a utility, a move that advocates say could deliver access to rural Kentuckians who cannot get service. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

WHITESBURG, Ky. - The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the Internet should be treated like telephone service, a utility everyone is guaranteed access to. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calls his proposal "the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC." Mimi Pickerin

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