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Issue Analysis: Title II Regulation of the Internet

After a decision by a Federal Appeals Court in January struck down the FCC's ability to enforce Net Neutrality, the agency has been looking for new ways to regulate the internet. One proposal is to classify internet service providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Federal Communications Act of 1934. This would mean treating the internet like a utility, similar to telephone companies, water, and electricity. In this FreedomWorks Issue Analysis, we examine the implications of the FCC's proposal and the impact on internet freedom.

10/30/2014
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Clearing up Net Neutrality

10/20/2014
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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
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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
'Net Neutrality' Did you mean: Net Cartel
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'Net Neutrality' Did you mean: Net Cartel

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security.”  Those who favor the Net Cartel creating legislation known as “net neutrality,” like Google, MoveOn.org and high-tech lobbyists, seek to trade our economic liberties all in the name of security.  The companies that support this legislation want to get their hands on the broadband technologies already offered by other com

06/16/2011
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
FreedomWorks Letter Support H.J. Res 37 to Prohibit FCC Net Neutrality Regulations
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FreedomWorks Letter Support H.J. Res 37 to Prohibit FCC Net Neutrality Regulations

Dear FreedomWorks member, As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representatives and ask them to vote YES on H.J. Res 37 to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from imposing net neutrality regulations on Internet providers. These job-killing regulations would involve significant new controls on the Internet that would have significant implications for investing in innovation and broadband deployment.

04/05/2011
Hill Update, 3/28/2011 from Max Pappas
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Hill Update, 3/28/2011 from Max Pappas

 

03/29/2011
The Internet "Kill Switch"
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The Internet "Kill Switch"

 

06/18/2010

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