FROM Christopher Mitchell
Is "Net Neutrality" Essential to the American Way of Life? The Federal Communications Commission is faced with a crucial decision on open access to the Internet. A survey shows 80 percent of Americans want the FCC to prohibit providers from giving enhanced access to customers that pay more. Now the President agrees . But providers — like Time Warner Cable, Verizon and AT&T — say that will discourage innovations and investments that improve service for everyone. As the pressure rises for FCC action, will there be toll lanes on the information super highway.
And the Internet Goes to…the Highest Bidder? On May 15 the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to announce new rules for the Internet. The FCC is proposing new rules that would create a faster transmission for telecom giants who pay top dollar, like Verizon or Comcast, and a slower one for the little guys. Internet activists say that this two-tiered system amounts to a body blow to a long cherished philosophy of net neutrality – the idea that all data on the web should be allowed to flow from data servers to users without discrimination by the network middlemen. Is the agency giving control of our access to corporate interests, or might new regulations create a more competitive market and better service for consumers? Whatever happened to President Obama's promise of a free and open Internet? We hear about "pay to play" broadband and how it might affect innovation and free speech.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.