… Read More
Two members of Congress have introduced legislation that would prevent the president from taking action to restrict the U.S. public’s access to the internet, the Preventing Unwarranted Communications Shutdowns Act (PUCSA).
© Photo: Karen Bleier (Getty Images)
In an announcement, Representatives Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat, and Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith wrote that while they are aware the internet cannot be “shut down” due to its decentralized nature, the president can nonetheless take action to effectively cut off most Americans from the internet under §706(d) of the Communications Act of 1934. That act authorizes the president to override all rules and regulations pertaining to facilities or stations involved in wire or radio communications, cause their closure and “removal therefrom of its apparatus and equipment,” or simply take them over.
As the Brookings Institute noted, the president simply needs to declare a national emergency to invoke that authority. While
… Read More
Tap any flight request into Google search and the site will show flight options and prices direct from the tech giant at the top of the page.
The results are highlighted in a box in a premium position, and don’t require users to navigate to another site. The only way a rival shows up above Google’s results in many such searches is if they pay for an ad.
Google critics and rivals have long warned the search engine is threatening countless industries from shopping to travel by consistently pointing people to its own products and services on the biggest search platform on the web. And those competing against Google to win over consumers say that the search engine forces them to pay their biggest rival in advertising dollars just to show up.
Google’s dominance in search has drawn more regulatory scrutiny and criticism from rivals and lawmakers in recent months,