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After US kills net neutrality — UK decides high-speed internet is a legal right of all citizens

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The U.K. government has decided that 10 Mbps internet should be a legal right for all of its citizens.

According to a report from Engadget the government has decided to ensure every household is wired by 2020.

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British communications company BT pledged to spend £600 million (about $788 million) to connect 1.4 million rural homes access with the internet. However, Ministers decided they would treat the regulation as a utility as it provides “sufficient certainty and the legal enforceability that is required to ensure high-speed broadband access for the whole of the UK by 2020.”

“We know how important broadband is to homes and businesses and we want everyone to benefit from a fast and reliable connection,” said Culture Secretary Karen Bradley. “We are grateful to BT for their proposal but have decided that only a regulatory approach will make high-speed broadband a reality for everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live or work.”

The U.K. will now work toward defining what the Universal Service Obligation (USO) will include. Parliment is expected to pass legislation in early 2018 and it will take roughly two years to achieve.

Currently an estimated 95 percent of UK homes have a fixed line “superfast broadband” connection with 24 Mbps or more. With the new decision it is expected that will increase to 98 percent, with only a small margin of homes falling into a gap.

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The news comes amid President Donald Trump’s new FCC chair declaring the era of “net neutrality” to be over.

Republican leaders alleged that the internet was able to flourish without regulations and thus shouldn’t have any. Some telecommunications companies were caught slowing down traffic to competitors’ sites or various streaming services. The fear is that because cable companies providing the utility, those who decide to “cut the cord” of cable and stream their television services will be penalized with slower connections to streaming television sites online. Verizon was one such company caught throttling service to Netflix in 2014.

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Twitter mocks ‘gibbering conspiracy loon’ Trump after he claims Google rigged the election

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On Monday, President Donald Trump made the dubious claim that Google had tried to sway the election for Hillary Clinton.

"My victory was even bigger than thought!" the president proclaimed.

Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019

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Paul Krugman hilariously roasts Trump economic adviser for decades’ worth of terrible predictions

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Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman on Monday set his sights on Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who himself is not actually an economist, for making decades' worth of terrible predictions.

Writing on Twitter, Krugman concedes that making predictions is a difficult business and he admits to making his own bad predictions in the past.

However, he then explains that Kudlow is unique because he's been making the same false prediction for decades -- namely, about tax cuts for the ultra-rich producing economic miracles.

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Twitter admits China has created hundreds of fake accounts to undermine Hong Kong protests

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Twitter on Monday admitted that China had created hundreds of fake accounts aimed at undermining the protests in Hong Kong that have gripped the city in recent weeks.

Specifically, Twitter found that at least 936 different accounts had been created within the People's Republic of China that have been "deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground."

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