FCC Chairman takes on net neutrality during Wisconsin visit

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The battle over net neutrality stepped up this week in Wisconsin as the chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai met with broadband and broadcasting executives and Sen. Ron Johnson in Milwaukee. Pai and the FCC aim to ditch the controversial rules passed two years ago requiring internet providers to treat all traffic the same. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Trump-captured FCC and Ron Johnson team up against internet regulations

The FCC has become industry’s servant, with Trump’s appointed chairman pledging to use a “weed whacker” against common-sense Internet rules, and Sen. Ron Johnson recently co-introducing a bill to remove FCC regulations. But The Nation says it’s not too late to save Net Neutrality from the compromised FCC.  >  The Nation

Washington Post runs column co-penned by Senators Johnson, Cruz, Lee

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Sen. Ron Johnson joined forces with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to author “Get government out of the Internet’s business” in the Washington Post this week, writing “We reject the idea that the federal government should control the Internet.”  >  Washington Post

Rural broadband expansion bill passes Assembly, heads to Senate

The state Assembly passed a bill this week that would devote $35 million to expand broadband in rural areas of the state. State Rep. Beth Meyers (D-Bayfield) said, “This funding is to be spent in unserved and underserved areas, and I’m really looking forward to seeing it come to northern Wisconsin.”  >  Wisconsin Public Radio

State senators may revisit bill stopping internet providers from using browsing data without permission

After Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) removed privacy language that drew opposition in an original bill, the state Senate may again take up a proposal to limit the ability of Internet Service Providers, such as Charter or Verizon, to collect users’ browsing data and to bar them from using it without customers’ permission.  >  Wisconsin Public Radio

Budget committee sends internet privacy to cutting room floor

The budget committee has scrapped a proposal that would have restricted the ability of Internet Service Providers — like Charter or Verizon — to get consumers’ permission before selling their data.  >  Wisconsin Public Radio