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The Murkowski Resolution
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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

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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
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

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