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Clearing up Net Neutrality

10/20/2014
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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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Coalition Letter: Stop the FCC's Net Neutrality Regulation

FreedomWorks has signed on to the following coalition letter (organized by Americans for Tax Reform) to ask Congress to assert its authority to halt the FCC's rule-making process with regard to its proposed Net Neutrality regulation.

05/19/2014
"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
Letter in Opposition to CISPA
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Letter in Opposition to CISPA

Dear FreedomWorks member, As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and tell him or her to vote NO on H.R. 624, the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in its present form. Unless there are proper amendments that address our privacy and civil liberty concerns with the bill, FreedomWorks will oppose CISPA.

04/16/2013
The New Luddites
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The New Luddites

Today, Ned Ludd and his followers are best known from the term Luddite: a much needed contribution to the English language that expresses fear or hatred of technology. But while the word has since taken on the connotations of a back-to-nature, Druidic-like disdain for modernity, it should be remembered that the original motivations for the Luddite movement were purely economic. The textile artisans saw their livelihood threatened by advances in mechanization, and lashed out to protect their own interests.

04/11/2013
Capitol Hill Update - 9 April, 2013
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Capitol Hill Update - 9 April, 2013

Here's the latest from Capitol Hill, for week of April 8-12.

04/09/2013
FreedomWorks Signs Coalition Letter Opposing Expanded Internet Regulations
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FreedomWorks Signs Coalition Letter Opposing Expanded Internet Regulations

FreedomWorks has signed onto the following coalition letter to key House committee members opposing new language in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act:The Honorable Bob GoodlatteChairmanCommittee on the JudiciaryU.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20515The Honorable John Conyers, Jr.Ranking MemberCommittee on the JudiciaryU.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20515 

04/02/2013

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