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Technology Is Thriving, So Why Are the Feds Strangling It?

A growing number of economists are describing the current slump as a form of secular stagnation, where diminishing outlets for capital investment have slowed economic growth, reduced the demand for labor and stalled the economic recovery. While the technology sector remains one of the few areas of the economy where innovation and growth continue at a rapid pace, the Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with a series of new rules that may shackle this important part of the economy. From new mandates for municipal broadband to redefining what broadband means, to proposals to turn the Internet into a common carrier, the FCC is working to reshape how Americans connect to the Internet.

10/01/2014
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Should We Treat the Internet Like a Utility?

The FCC is looking to get its hands on the internet again, this time with a set of sweeping set of regulations known as Title II. Essentially, this would allow the internet to be regulated like any other public utility. Defenders of the plan argue that regulation is necessary to preserve competition and protect small startup companies.

09/12/2014
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Desperate To Be Relevant, the FCC Pounces On the Internet

Spurred on by advocates of net neutrality, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that has the potential to drastically reshape the Internet. While the possibility of a "fast lane" on the Internet has the proponents of net neutrality up in arms, the looming threat of regulation is far more troubling. The proposed rulemaking is exploring a number of options, including the possibility of reclassifying Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as a telecommunication service, which can then be regulated like the telephone system. Despite the lack of any evidence of market failure, Chairman Wheeler appears bent on expanding the FCC's regulatory reach on the Internet.

05/20/2014
"The FCC Approves New Net Neutrality Proposal"
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The Return of Net Neutrality: FCC Approves New Proposal to Regulate the Internet

Today, the FCC voted on a new proposed rule that governs how the internet, with respect to service providers and their ability to set prices, will be regulated. The hearing came down to a vote of 3-2 down party lines in support of the proposal, whith Republicans siding against the rule. After a court decision earlier this year that struck down previous net neutrality standards but preserved the FCC’s authority over internet regulation, the agency has been struggling to come up with rules that don’t make absolutely everyone angry. As in the case of most compromises, this has been a dismal failure.

05/15/2014
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The FCC's Mission Pivot Imperils the Internet

The Federal Communications Commission has sparked controversy with talk of new broadband policies that may have granted Internet service providers (ISPs) a degree of flexibility in pricing for purposes of traffic management. While the recognition of the economic realities of broadband management is significant, proponents of net neutrality have sounded the alarm bells, decrying the creation of a "fast lane" for those companies big enough to afford it. As a result, the FCC has been flexing its regulatory authority to appease its critics.

05/02/2014
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FCC's New Rule is Net Neutrality Lite

Proponents of net neutrality claim that all web traffic should be treated equally. This sounds nice on paper, but in fact not all web traffic is equal. Some sites, like Netflix and Youtube, suck up vast amounts of bandwidth by hosting popular video content. Bandwidth, as it turns out, doesn’t grow on trees. It must be generated at a cost to internet service providers. The big question is: who should ultimately be forced to bear this cost?

04/25/2014
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Good Riddance to Net Neutrality

There has never been a better example of what economist F. A. Hayek termed “spontaneous order,” complex systems that arise purely through the actions of self-interested individuals, than the wild and wooly growth of the internet over the past few decades. Thanks to the efforts of an enormous number of content providers, innovators, entrepreneurs and investors, the internet sprang from obscurity into one of the most revolutionary tools of wealth creation and information distribution the world has ever seen.

03/24/2014
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The FCC’s campaign of intimidation

Despite repeated promises of transparency and openness, the Obama administration has been marked by an overt hostility to unfriendly media. Reporters have been denied access to official White House events, photographers have been prevented from taking photographs, and the Justice Department was caught spying on Fox News reporter James Rosen.

02/26/2014
Putting the Reins on Regulatory Authority
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Putting the Reins on Regulatory Authority

Over the past decade or so, there has been significant growth in the powers delegated to the unelected heads of regulatory agencies, colloquially known as “czars.” At last count, the Obama Administration has amassed 45 of these positions, more than any of his predecessors and all without the accountability of elected office.

05/23/2013
Net Neutrality Creates a 'Net Cartel'
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Net Neutrality Creates a 'Net Cartel'

Documents released this month by Judicial Watch show the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and left-wing advocacy groups colluding to increase support of regulations on the Internet with ‘Net Neutrality’ measures.

06/14/2011

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