The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of MediaFreedom.org:

Alexandria, VA, June 11, 2018 – Today, the FCC officially repealed the prior administration’s Net Neutrality laws, returning the Internet and its ecosystem to the light-touch regulation which fostered its explosive uptake and success.  To this end, MediaFreedom would like to thank the FCC and its hard work in restoring Internet freedom. As a result, investment will grow, innovation will thrive, broadband networks will expand, free speech will proliferate, and more people will be able to get on the Internet than ever before.

Contrary to the naysayers who bemoan the prosperity and liberty which the marketplace brings, the Internet did not end today.  Rather, it got reborn.

Again, thanks, FCC, for having the guts to make the Internet great again.

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The New York Post lede says it all:

Reed Hastings and the Obamas are making bank with Netflix deal.

We don’t know exactly how big that bank is, but we do know that the Obamas will produce “films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features” to fill their vault.

Interestingly, the article notes:

“Netflix in 2007 had a $3 share price and was mailing DVDs to people. The Obamas were poised to enter the White House and then had a reported net worth of $1.3 million, according to CNN Money.

“Fast-forward to 2018. The Obamas have an estimated combined net worth of $75 million, according to published reports, mainly derived from speeches and a two-book deal with Penguin Random House.

“Hastings’ move to streaming helped him amass $4.7 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.”

You may remember President Obama ordered his FCC to impose Net Neutrality, heavily subsidizing / protecting / favoring companies like Netflix over ISPs (and others) in the marketplace.

Yes, the Obamas’ bank should be big (reportedly at $50 million).

Of course, we’ll hear from the adoring Obama press this week (if we do at all) that there’s not a smidgen of corruption or cronyism in the (re)new(ed) union.

Sure. Pay no attention to the revolving door.

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The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of MediaFreedom.org:

Alexandria, VA, May 16, 2018 – On June 11th, the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIF) will go into effect, officially overturning Obama’s Net Neutrality utility regulation for ISPs.  But today, Senate lawmakers, led by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), passed a controversial Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, which, if ultimately successful, would nullify the RIF’s light-touch approach to Internet regulation and replace it with Obama’s rejected Net Neutrality law.

This PR stunt is a massive waste of the people’s time.  Markey and his colleagues could be working toward real guidance to help the “Open Internet” grow for all – and they know this – but have instead chosen a CRA confidence-job, which benefits only Silicon Valley and professional progressives.

Markey and his comrades believe the American people want politics over prosperity. The Markey gang is wrong.  Quite simply, the CRA:

  • Does not promote investment – Title II Net Neutrality strips ISPs of their ability to monetize their property as they reasonably want, undermining investment and growth in their networks.
  • Does not promote innovation – A return to the prior rules would bring back the purposely vague “Internet Conduct Standard” and its arbitrary power to decide what new marketplace practices and procedures are acceptable, thwarting permission-less innovation, which made the Internet ecosystem thrive.
  • Does not promote competition – Utility regulation leads to price controls and property confiscation, a buzzkill to free market competition.
  • Does not protect privacy – Congress forbade the FCC from policing ISP privacy practices in 2017, but a return to Net Neutrality rules makes ISPs common carriers again, mooting FTC authority to check ISP privacy behavior, while also breaking-up comprehensive, Internet ecosystem privacy enforcement.
  • Does not protect free speech – Net Neutrality bans such reasonable business practices as paid priority, forbidding ISPs and their communications partners from working together and speaking as they see fit.

This all spells less prosperity for average Americans should the CRA become law.

The Internet and its denizens deserve better.  The CRA is no proxy for real legislation to guide the growth of the Internet.  Markey and his apparatchiks would do well to follow that route and work across the aisle for a comprehensive, constitutionally-sound law to reach that goal.

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Senator Ed Markey speaking at a recent Net Neutrality press conference on Capitol Hill.

Senator Ed Markey believes Net Neutrality is a “razor sharp” mainstream issue, which America understands and supports. But for all the bluster, all the corporate PR, all the activists’ website promotions, all the pay-walled elites so excited about the possibility it could be reinstated via the Senator’s upcoming CRA vote, there was not a single shred of coverage in the three top national print news publications (NYT, WaPo and WSJ) on the all important, wait-hold-the presses procedural vote which moved forward yesterday, ostensibly (desperately) starting the end of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s repeal of Obama’s Depression-era Net Neutrality law.

The procedural vote to move the new CIA director – yes, that got front-page column inches. A bunch.

The procedural vote on the Net Neutrality CRA – zero, zip, zilch.

Even (as of this writing) CNet didn’t cover it.

That’s because we have long-known it is a contrived issue, supported mainly by Google and Facebook, and George Soros’ (white) privilege, professional activists.

Halted production of America’s most popular pick-up truck, affecting thousands of jobs – now that’s a real issue. Net Neutrality, not so much.

America simply does not care about this made-up problem in search of a solution, which instead of boosting investment in networks was really designed to subsidize edge companies like Google in payback for political support of President Obama in ’08 and ’12.

Markey’s right about one thing, however.  It is razor sharp for those pols who touch it.

Larry Lessig ran on it for president in 2016. Umm, he lost.

Tim Wu (the “father” of the term “Net Neutrality”) and Zephyr Teachout ran on it for public office in 2014. Umm, they both lost.

95 progressive congressional hopefuls ran on it in 2010. Umm, all lost.

It cut them out of their races, alright.  Ouch.

Ford’s halting its F-150 production is a more important story to America than Net Neutrality. That development affects real people and real lives.

Net Neutrality does not and never will because it is imagined, fake, and a confidence job on us all.

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CRA Vote – Calling FDR’s Great Depression to “Guide” the Internet

May 4, 2018

On May 9th, Senate Democrats will force a vote to bring back FDR policies for the Internet. They’re calling for the Great Depression to “guide” America’s 21st Century communications networks, seeking to resurrect 30’s era utility regulation for ISPs. “Hello, FDR?  You there?” Perhaps they didn’t notice, but the Internet grew precisely because that connection […]

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Sinclair Merger Battle a Clash to Protect Special Interests, Censor Conservative Voices, Distort Democracy

April 23, 2018

A couple of days ago, Senator Maria Cantwell and 10 Democrat Senators sent a letter to FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, urging him to put a spanner in the works of Sinclair Broadcasting’s proposed merger with the Tribune Company. Sinclair’s crime (on top of it being a conservative voice in a sea progressive media organizations)? In […]

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Ted Cruz Shows U.S. Conservatives We’ve Been “Facebooked” Hard and Often Because of Our Beliefs

April 16, 2018

Last week during the Senate Facebook hearing, Senator Ted Cruz took FB’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, to task for his company’s left leaning bias, which, through this architecture, has seemingly routinely “Facebooked” (i.e., censored and screwed) conservative voices on its properties. U.S. communications law creates a legal fiction which allows companies like FB to traffic in […]

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Congress: We’re Shocked, Shocked There’s Cambridge Analytica Going On in This Establishment

April 11, 2018

They protest too much – the Senators and Congressmen lined up to berate Mark Zuckerberg, striving to look like they’re protecting Americans from Facebook’s creepy habits during this week’s made-for-TV, Capitol Hill theater. They should take a look in the mirror instead. What did they expect when they created the path to subsidize and promote […]

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Welcome to the Scrape Economy – Brought to You by the Platforms and Their Protectors

April 10, 2018

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of MediaFreedom.org: Alexandria, VA, April 10, 2018 – Today’s Facebook inquisition to get Mark Zuckerberg to atone for his Cambridge Analytica “sins” is a charade. It was created by the protectors of Facebook and Silicon Valley to ostensibly “heal” the social media behemoth of its […]

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Restoring Internet Freedom Is Pretty Darned Awesome!

March 28, 2018

The progressive Left would have you believe that the Internet is somehow “over” because the current FCC repealed Obama’s confiscatory and free speech-killing Net Neutrality law, and has instead focused its efforts to guide Internet growth on light-touch regulation.  But, hey, the Internet still works fine, innovation thrives, and broadband infrastructure investment is on the […]

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