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Broadband Policies Should Promote Competition, Not Big Government
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Broadband Policies Should Promote Competition, Not Big Government

The Federal Communicatiions Commission (FCC) recently requested comments on a Notice of Inquiry entitled, "A National Broadband Plan for Our Future."  FreedomWorks Foundation filed comments in this proceeding, urging the FCC to avoid regulatory impediments on broadband deployment.  The broadband market is dynamic and fast paced; new FCC regulations could hamper this growth and reduce the vital capital investments required to expand the nation's broadband networks.  Rather than attempting to apply old monopoly based models to today's competitive markets, the FCC should focus on removing barriers to competition, implementing competitive solutions to policy questions, and allowing the private sector to more effectively allocate scarce broadband resouurces to the most highly valued uses.  In addition, efforts to establish "net neutrality" should be avoided, because they threaten the ability to manage dynamic networks effectively.

06/09/2009
FreedomWorks Foundation Urges FCC to Adopt Market-Based Broadband Policies
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FreedomWorks Foundation Urges FCC to Adopt Market-Based Broadband Policies

FreedomWorks Foundation recently filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission's Notice of Inquiry, "A National Broadband Plan for Our Future."  Our comments focus on the importance of avoiding excessive regulation and promoting a dynamic and competitive marketplace that encourages broadband deployment.  The study concludes:"To date, the internet has evolved relatively free from federal regulation.  This flexibility has created an important resource that continues to evolve to meet a growing demand among consumers and businesses, and a rational broadband policy framework that promotes competition and innovation will facilitate this process.  Moreover, that demand and the data-intensive content of the broadband world have generated new products that may require new tools for network management.  It is not in the public’s interest to give the government the job of controlling this evolution.  The future of broadband should be determined by those using the network, as should decisions on handling the burgeoning flow of information over the internet."Click here to see the FreedomWorks Foundation's comments in their entirety.

06/09/2009
MPAA vs. Consumers
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MPAA vs. Consumers

Closing arguments were heard in San Francisco today in a case brought by the Hollywood studios to ban RealDVD from the market.  The Motion Picture Association of America made it clear that it beleives consumers have no right to copy legally purchased DVDs.  In their view, "One copy is a violation of the DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act]."  Should Hollywood prevail, the DMCA will trump Fair Use doctrine, that has balanced consumer's uses of content with the rights of the content providers.  For an update, check "Fair Use or No Use?"

05/21/2009
Fair Use or No Use?
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Fair Use or No Use?

Last fall, RealNetworks launched a new product, RealDVD, allowing users to legally save a copy of any DVD that they own. However, in what appears to be an ongoing war with consumers, the motion picture studios—including Disney, Paramount, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., and Viacom—have filed a lawsuit against RealNetworks to have the new product banned. Within a week of its unveiling, the studios had a temporary restraining order in place, removing the product from the market.

05/21/2009
Top 10 Reasons Why Hollywood's Attack on RealDVD Is Wrong
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Top 10 Reasons Why Hollywood's Attack on RealDVD Is Wrong

Click here to download the PDF version of this article

04/23/2009
Hollywood vs. Consumers (Issue Analysis Number 125)
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Hollywood vs. Consumers (Issue Analysis Number 125)

Download a .pdf version of the full study complete with footnotes by clicking here! Executive Summary

04/21/2009
Top 10 Reasons Florida Needs Real Insurance Reform
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Top 10 Reasons Florida Needs Real Insurance Reform

[click here to download a .pdf of this report for printing]

03/02/2009

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