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Two leading Democratic senators and a range of advocacy groups have condemned a partisan effort to force through confirmation of a new FCC commissioner. At an online meeting on Monday, senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) along with representatives from Fight for the Future, Access Now, Free Press, and …

  1. Foxglove

    I know I'll get in trouble with the admins for this...

    Why is the 'Corrections' link still a mailto:?

    Some of us don't have email clients installed.

    Shirley it should by now be similar to a comment form you fill in and send.

    If you want corrections private fair enough, just make it easy for me. I like easy.

    You might want to correct this bit:

    'and has refused to said if he would recuse himself'


    I have also have “almost no relevant experience” in running a forum.

    1. LovesTha

      Re: I know I'll get in trouble with the admins for this...

      I too haven't had a mail client installed for a long time, but getting browsers to open mailto links in gmail is pretty easy.

    2. GrumpenKraut

      Re: I know I'll get in trouble with the admins for this...

      I guess there is some fear of getting spammed. However, allowing feedback/corrections while logged in might be a useful mechanism. Thoughts?

      1. Roland6 Silver badge

        Re: I know I'll get in trouble with the admins for this...

        Having a mailto webform allows for better management of the feedback process/workflow, as it can be configured to directly interface with ElReg's email/workflow server. However, I do like getting an email acknowledgement that contains a copy of what I wrote; it irritates me when trouble ticketing systems simply return an acknowledgement and a case number with no context.

        As a registered user, ElReg already have my email address so can give me feedback. If an unregistered user wishes to give feedback, then this should be supported, but it is also an opportunity to suggest they register.

    3. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: I know I'll get in trouble with the admins for this...

      Yeah one day we'll set up a form. In the meantime, please email so we can fix this stuff as soon as possible, please.


      1. Trigonoceps occipitalis

        Re: I know I'll get in trouble with the admins for this...

        I abhor web forms for what is a simple email. Using my email client sets everything up, no need to retype my address. I get a copy in my sent folder with a record of routing and what was said. I am also not asked for details of me and my data.

        Once I was offered check box the get a cc sent to my email account. Otherwise there is an automatic ack, usually from a "no reply" address. No way to set up a record of what is said in the exchange. Some, a minority in my experience, reproduce the message that I sent in the auto-ack.

        Yes, I know about cut and paste, and screen shots but why make my life difficult if you want tip offs or corrections from me? If you need addresses, gender, year of birth etc to complete an action that data can always be requested after initial contact and I can decide if the trade off is worth it to me.

        Go for a web form if you want to but please retain the mail to link.

    4. skube-JA

      Re: I know I'll get in trouble with the admins for this...

      If you sense trouble, it may be your conscience signaling your recognizing a UX matter may be resolved in a better way (UX - user experience). As a contributor and forum facilitator (not here but other communities/online and offline) it derails comments related to the post others are looking to learn about. To pop over to about and find an admin contact, or give the Register a call (old school, I know...) Net Neutrality is the subject our host has welcomed our comment, on the content they've shared with their readers (you and I and others). May be the folks at the Register could just post a link to - "if you have ideas or concerns how to post a comment, click here" - but to bring lift as a participant in a forum or to tease out a subject directly relevant to the article in discussion is what this space is best applied toward - with kindness it is off topic to wedge a splinter off subject or a product question (in this case how the logistics of posting comments works) and hijack the discussion.

  2. tkioz

    So when Obama tried to put a judge on the Supreme Court nine months before the election it was "too close to the election" but Trump does it days before it and now he's lost he is still appointing people. Bloody hypocrites.

    1. prh_99

      Same thing as always, one rule for Republicans and another Democrats. Expect the GOP to pretend to care about the national debt a lot more too once Biden takes over.

      1. Oliver Mayes

        That's "no" rules for republicans, lots of them for everyone else.

  3. Adelio Silver badge

    Do politians always vote the party line. Do they not have any independence.

    I thought they were meant to do the right thing, not just vote like sheep.

    1. Adelio Silver badge

      As a British citizen I despair at the UK political parties and their inneptitude.

      but.... Compared to the American politians the UK politians look like Angels.

      How can a country have let it's political system degenerate so badly, so much corruption, so much bad faith, politians seems incapable of doing the morally right thing and just lie through their teeth.

      I am refereing to ALL political parties in the USA, although I have to say, after 4 weeks and most republicans are too afraid to say that Biden has won. Really, have they no moral decency any more?

      1. HausWolf
      2. DS999 Silver badge

        They are terrified of a mean tweet from Trump

        If he maintains his power over the cult of Trump (or are we still going to call it by its old name, the republican party?) a few tweets encouraging republicans to vote for a primary challenger might be all that it takes to end his political career. Sadly, most politicians of both parties care much more about being re-elected than doing what is best for the country. That goes double for Moscow Mitch.

        Yet more proof we need term limits. Add that to the list of things republicans only talk about when they out of power.

  4. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

    Scorched earth

    Seems to be Trump's exit plan. How much more damage will he try to inflict on his way out the door?

    1. TeraTelnet

      Re: Scorched earth

      All of it. So much damage, the best damage by the way, everyone says so.

    2. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: Scorched earth

      I'll be only slightly surprised if he takes a shit on top of the desk in the oval office on his way out the door.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Scorched earth

        Piddle on the mattress, shit in the desk drawers, spray the walls with fake tan, big sign with his name above the white house etc etc

  5. skube-JA

    Let's Reframe the Issue

    Part of the challenge of this issue, is a public absent defending their right to access. Thank you for the great reporting (!) curious where the key dates are for the public or a broader NGO front to watch for specific dates, votes, key pressure points in Congress (or the Senate to mount pressure with colleagues) - constituents of the areas hardest hit when access and structure of an open Internet shifts? Will #BLM advocates feel the greatest brunt or LGBTQ or low income communities or elders? Democracy works when the people exercise their agency. These past four years have created a level of numb our nation has not experienced before. We cannot let net neutrality become one of the casualties of the current False Reality era. Is there a series of articles (or a couple articles) to come to help advocates share to their memberships, volunteers, readers, communities or citizens - all the ways and in which states, most impacted regions or areas - the risk will be greatest? What are the things folks reading this can do, today - tomorrow - next week? Thanks for pressing into this and the good work The Register contributes.

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