Rejecting public sentiment and the will of tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook, the Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back regulations that keep the operation of the Internet outside the control of cable companies.The vote does not put an immediate end to the Obama-era legislation that decided to treat the Internet as a public utility in need of government oversight to remain fairly available, as it will head to Congress for consideration.Just prior to his election as president, Donald Trump issued a “contract with the American voter” promising to cut regulations. The success of the initiative is unclear, but net neutrality and the Environmental Protection Agency seem to have been of particular focus, the latter of which is now headed up by Scott Pruitt. During his time as Oklahoma's Attorney General, Pruitt was open about his distaste for the EPA’s “activist agenda.”Undoing net neutrality looks to be the most sweeping deregulation from the administration to date. Should the reversal of the current rules make it through Congress and almost certain legal action, internet service providers like Time Warner and AT&T will have the ability to prioritize certain web sites and charge for services as they wish, including based on performance.Current FCC chairman Ajit Pai was nominated to the position in January by Trump after serving on the FCC commission under former President Barack Obama, and in April he proposed an end to net neutrality rules. Pai said in a speech that the rollback is “basic economics” and the rules were based on “hypothetical harms and hysterical prophecies of doom.”During Thursday's FCC meeting and vote on the rules, Pai stayed that line, and said without net neutrality rules in place, the Internet will simply go back to the way it operated in 2015, before the rules were enacted.“The Internet wasn’t broken in 2015,” Pai said Thursday. “We were not living in a digital dystopia.”But Internet-dependent tech companies like Amazon, Etsy, Twitter, Netflix, Tumblr, Google, Facebook and many others, view the prospect of Internet providers again getting to regulate themselves as more than likely to stratify access to the Internet for their companies, the public and entrepreneurs.All of those companies are part of the Internet Association, a lobbying group that said the FCC’s vote is poised to “gut” net neutrality protections.“Today’s vote represents a departure from more than a decade of broad, bipartisan consensus on the rules governing the internet,” the group said immediately after Thursday's vote. “Let’s remember why we have these rules in the first place. There is little competition in the broadband service market — more than half of all Americans have no choice in their provider — so consumers will be forced to accept [internet service provider] interference in their online experience. This is in stark contrast to the websites and apps that make up Internet Association, where competition is a click away and switching costs are low.”The group went on to note that “the fight isn’t over” and that it is considering legal action as the issue moves toward action by Congress. Meanwhile, none of the companies it represents have individually commented on the FCC vote.Groups representing retailers like the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association, declined and could not be reached for comment, respectively.But the issue broke the FCC record for public comments received during the open comment period that’s standard for proposed regulation changes, with more than 22 million comments logged. While the comment period is open to all, a recent investigation by New York attorney General Eric Schneiderman found that about 2 million of the comments were fraudulent and filed with fake or stolen identities.Immediately after the FCC voted to end net neutrality, Schneiderman said he would be leading a multistate lawsuit in efforts to stop the repeal. In a separate study, Pew Research Center also found that 57 percent of the comments were made with temporary or duplicate e-mail addresses and 38 percent of the votes were made up of the same seven comments. Nevertheless, the comments were found to be largely in favor of keeping net neutrality rules in place.FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn cited the millions of people who are “outraged” at the rollback in her dissent during the vote, which Pai interrupted several times with derisive laughter. Clyburn continued with her dissent however, noting the “unprecedented groundswell of public support” for net neutrality rules.“The public can plainly see that a soon-to-be-toothless FCC is handing the keys to the Internet — the Internet, one of the most remarkable, empowering, enabling inventions of our lifetime — over to a handful of multibillion-dollar corporations,” Clayburn said.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews