One America News (OAN) is at risk of being completely blacklisted by the corporate left after Verizon Fios, the largest pay-TV network still carrying OAN, effectively blacklisted the conservative channel following pressure from leftist advocacy groups.
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The UK Guardian Newspaper published a story yesterday disclosing that US telephone communications giant VERIZON received a top secret court order dated 25th April, to collect the ‘metadata’ of its customers. The court order demands that “an electronic copy of the following tangible things” be made and handed over to the FBI.
The Court Order demanded that Verizon submit “All call detail records” or “telephony metadata” (i) Between the United States and abroad; or (ii) Wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls”.
Metadata is classified as basically everything about the call except the contents of the call itself, including phone numbers of both parties involved, their location and call duration etc.
The Court Order is made under the Patriot Act, 50 USC section 1861 which refers to “business records” and states that the records should be obtained “on an ongoing daily basis thereafter for the duration the order” which lasts for three months from April and will finish on 19th July, 2013.
The Order is deemed to be Top Secret and states: “It is further ordered that no person shall disclose to any other person that the FBI or NSA has sought or obtained tangible things under this order.”
Two US Senators, Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have warned the American people ‘about the scope of the Obama administration’s surveillance activities,’ saying that the public would be ‘stunned’ by the methods of domestic spying. Their letter to Attorney General Eric Holder said “there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows.”
Julia Sanchez who is a surveillance expert with the Cato Institute said “vacuuming all metadata up indiscriminately would be an extraordinary repudiation of any pretense of constraint or particularized suspicion,” and yet this is exactly what the order is demanding.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) was established to regulate the media, and internet industries, to ensure fairness, competition and right practise.
However recently, serious questions have been asked as to the neutrality of the organisation, with cases of commissioners showing apparent conflicts of interest. The latest and most blatant involves FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Bake. She is leaving her position to become a Comcast lobbyist, only four months after she approved the merger of media giants Comcast and NBC Universal.
This has prompted the need for urgent action to be taken to hinder FCC Commissioners leaving their positions in order to take up these lucrative positions in the companies they are meant to be neutrally regulating.
Failure to act and restore confidence in the role of the FCC could jeopardise future common-sense public policy, such as Net Neutrality or rigorous reviews of future deals, thus stifling consumer choice and competition. American business needs a robust organisation to oversee the sector, especially when deals like the proposed AT&T merger with T-Mobile is looming. Business needs to know there is some sort of strategy to maintain consumer choice whilst the powerful and aggressive Verizon increases it’s market share; and businesses will increasing need to have availability to super-fast broadband at a reasonable price, in order to remain competitive within the global market. With these kind of decisions facing the sector in the immediate future the FCC will need to quickly restore public confidence; and the church needs to begin to pray into these decisions so America will be blessed, and can continue to be a blessing to the nations.