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New Wall Street Regulations Threaten Jobs, Markets, and Economic Recovery
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Capitol Comment

New Wall Street Regulations Threaten Jobs, Markets, and Economic Recovery

 

04/22/2010
Florida State Legislature is Back, and So Is the Need for Insurance Reform
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Florida State Legislature is Back, and So Is the Need for Insurance Reform

As Florida’s legislative session opens, insurance reform looms as a hot topic.  Legislation and regulation have all but destroyed the market for property insurance in Florida, reducing availability while increasing the state’s financial risk.  Poor public policy has driven major carriers from the market, leaving consumers a choice of either state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corporation or small insurance companies that most people do not recognize.

03/03/2010
The Murkowski Resolution
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Press Release

The Murkowski Resolution

[Click here for a pdf version of this paper] The Murkowski Resolution: Stopping Back Door Climate Change Regulations  by

02/19/2010
FreedomWorks Joins Free Market Coalition to Oppose New Net Neutrality Regulations
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FreedomWorks Joins Free Market Coalition to Oppose New Net Neutrality Regulations

  FreedomWorks has joined efforts with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Discovery Institute, the Heartland Institute, and the Heritage Foundation to file comments opposing the FCC's proposed rules to create new regulations on the internet in the name of net neutrality.    With these joint comments the coalition wishes to express grave concern about the proposed rules, which we believe are unnecessary and may actually harm both the Internet and consumers.  

01/15/2010
Proposed Regulations Pose Threat to Internet
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Proposed Regulations Pose Threat to Internet

Before the Federal Communications Commission Washington, D.C. 20554    

01/15/2010
Proposed FCC Regulations May Raise Concerns about Internet Freedom
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Proposed FCC Regulations May Raise Concerns about Internet Freedom

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that the Commission will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to examine the possibility of new regulations to ensure open access to the internet.  The proposed rules will examine the issue of “net neutrality,” codifying and expanding existing policies on internet regulations.  

10/22/2009
New Report Highlights Harmful Effects of Climate Change Legislation
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New Report Highlights Harmful Effects of Climate Change Legislation

Today, Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.) released a report analyzing the likely effects of the Waxman-Markey energy bill passed by the House of Representatives in June. The report provides an analysis of aspects of the bill that have previously gone overlooked: Increased fuel prices and their effect on consumers. Up until now, analysis of Waxman-Markey has focused on electricity prices and ignored the harm caused by higher fuel costs. According to the report, Waxman-Markey will increase fuel costs by more than $3.6 trillion over the life of the bill.

10/21/2009
FreedomWorks Applauds House Democrats for Net Neutrality Stance
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FreedomWorks Applauds House Democrats for Net Neutrality Stance

On October 15, in a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski, 72 House Democrats expressed concerns over the current FCC push for so called net neutrality.  The House Democrats, most of whom are members of the Blue Dog or New Democrat coalitions, urged the FCC to consider all the consequences of the proposed new regulatory scheme, specifically those that would impede the progress of growing broadband networks around the country.

10/21/2009
Cap-and-Trade’s Unlikely Critics
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Cap-and-Trade’s Unlikely Critics

To download a PDF of this article, please click here.

08/27/2009
Hollywood Tells Consumers What They Can Do with Their DVDs
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Hollywood Tells Consumers What They Can Do with Their DVDs

Last week, RealDVD, a product that allows consumers to download a copy of legally purchased DVDs, was dealt a setback when a court granted a preliminary injunction against the sale of the software.  Judge Marilyn Hall Patel—famous for the ruling that killed Napster—issued the injunction that will keep RealDVD off the market until a copyright infringement case against RealDVD is heard by the courts.  The Hollywood studios filed the suit against RealDVD, making clear their assertion that they not only control content, but also how that content is distributed.  Unlike the many illegal DVD decrypters available on the internet, RealDVD does not remove copyright protections and in fact adds an additional layer of protection to assure that no more than a single copy of the DVD can be downloaded to a hard drive.  Nonetheless, according to Judge Patel, RealDVD violated the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), leaving consumers in a world where it is legal to copy music from a cd to an MP3 player, but it remains illegal for consumers to back up copies of legally purchased DVDs.  The DMCA has turned into a tool for protecting the market share of monopolists, overriding arguments of fair use to the detriment of consumers, competition, and innovation.  For more on the RealDVD issue, see FreedomWorks Foundation’s Issue Analysis “Hollywood vs. Consumers.”

08/18/2009

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