News Review | FCC Votes To Kill U.S. Internet Net Neutrality, Video Replay

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-12-10) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) FCC To Kill U.S. Internet Net Neutrality on December 142) ICANN news: FY18 Q1, Failing New gTLD, and more, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: a. ICANN Enabled Fraud & Theft of Domain Names, b. Trademark Infringement, c. Domain Brokers, GDPR & WHOIS, d) Antitrust, 4) ICYMI: Wuzhen Summit (4th WIC), 5) Most Read.

1)  UPDATE: FCC Votes 3-2 To Kill U.S. Internet Net Neutrality Title II Rules
 FCC Open Commission Hearing December 14, 2017
Open Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Hearing, December 14, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm EST, Room TW-C305, 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC. Watch the LIVE webcast replay below.

FCC Open Commission Meeting - December 14, 2017

Net Neutrality Issue begins at 01:09:52

The U.S. FCC proceeded with its scheduled December 14 vote to kill net neutrality rules despite calls for delay by consumer groups (pdf) (embedded below), and others, strongly urging the FCC to delay the vote on the “Restoring Internet Freedom” draft Order until resolution of the pending en banc Ninth Circuit case FTC v. AT&T Mobility LLC, 835 F.3d 993 (9th Cir. 2016), reh’g en banc granted, No. 15-­‐16585, 2017 WL 1856836 (9th Cir. May 9, 2017), which, if decided in favor of AT&T, would strip the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of oversight authority over ISPs like AT&T, Verizon, and others, leaving consumers completely unprotected. The impact on startups and small and medium size businesses from the FCC's proposed Order, is also of great concern.

Want to stop the FCC? Go to Protect the Open Internet Order | EFF Action Center.

Highlighting added to embed of consumer groups letter below:

See also:

2) ICANN news
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a. ICANN Quarterly Report FY18 Q1 (presentation and recordings) excerpt:

See also: FY19 Process Overview - Finance Community Wiki | ICANN.org.

b. Failing New gTLD: .WED Placed in Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) Program | ICANN.org"Registry operator, Atgron, Inc., which operates gTLD .WED, experienced a Registration Data Directory Services failure, and ICANN designated EBERO provider Nominet as emergency interim registry operator. Nominet has now stepped in and is restoring service for the TLD."

c. CCT-RT: Webinar: Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review New Sections of Draft Report | ICANN.org: 18 December 2017 Time: 16:00 – 17:00 UTC, more info at link above.

d. GNSO: GNSO Council Strategic Planning Session 29 – 31 January 2018, Los Angeles (pdf)--Editor's note: Trying to make the unbalanced & inherently dysfunctional, functional?

e. 2017 Reconsideration Requests Status Update 07 Dec 2017: reconsideration-requests-status-2017-07dec17-en.pdf [104 KB].

f. Auction Schedule: New gTLDs "On Hold" (highlighting added):

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a. ICANN Enabled Fraud & Theft of Domain Names--Artful Misrepresentations of UDRP Jurisprudence:"... [UDRP] panelists do not walk in lock-step, and since there is no “appellate” authority to correct errors of law (in the U.S. only the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) ..."--IPLegalCorner.com

b. Trademark Infringement: Apple vs Xiaomi--"Mi Pad” tablet computer denied EU trademark because the name is too similar to Apple’s “iPad”--Reuters.com.

c. Domain Names: i. The state of domain name brokers | OnlineDomain.com: "There are a few, probably less than 10, that are pretty good ...;" and ii. GDPR Updates: Whois Changes | OpenSRS.com.

d. Antitrust: Hearing | United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary | judiciary.senate.gov: The Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust: Outdated or a Harbor in a Sea of Doubt? Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition and Consumer Rights Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 02:30 pm EST - Watch LIVE.
“I think people are understanding just how poorly structured these institutions are, how sloppily they were built ... It’s not just a matter of the fact that these people have too much power, it’s also that they are sloppy in the use of their power.”--Barry Lynn--Google critic takes on tech giants | TheHill.com"Since the 1980s, antitrust policy in the U.S. has largely drawn from what’s known as the Chicago School, which holds that competition regulators should focus on how consumers are impacted by issues like pricing when deciding whether to take action against a company. The new antitrust movement argues that framework is too narrow and that regulators also need to take into account a company’s effects on its competition."

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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Wuzhen Summit--4th World Internet Conference, Dec 3-5, Wuzhen, China:
The U.S. can no longer ignore China as a global internet player | brookings.edu by Ryan Hass* who attended the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen for the first time this year:
"The Chinese government is aggressively moving to attract international support for its vision for internet rule-making and management, while the United States government appears largely missing in action."
*From 2013 to 2017, Ryan Hass served as the director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia on the Obama administration's National Security Council (NSC) staff. 

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Note: original post title: News Review | FCC To Kill U.S. Internet Net Neutrality on December 14

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