I’ve been watching with bemusement the alt-left’s freak-out over the Trump appointment of market-based economist Mark Jamison to co-chair the FCC transition team. In particular, one article – FCC Vetter Jamison: Do We Need an FCC? – has their undies in a big wad.
In brief, Jamison suggests that in a time when communications competition thrives and numerous alternatives are available, better ways exist to “regulate” the marketplace instead of the bloated, duplicative, sclerotic and captured FCC.
This is hardly radical, or new.
The market-based community has been writing about these ideas for well-over a decade. The PFF-led DACA Project, organized in 2005, is a notable illustration. These ideas are predicated on the belief that the advance of technology, industry peer “policing,” competition, and present consumer enforcement tools are better suited to address real, not conjectured, harm and marketplace failure than is prophylactic regulation (like Net Neutrality).
As it relates to the Commission, this could mean that the FTC would address competition and consumer protection matters; the NTIA spectrum management; and the states deployment and universal access issues, among other things. Sure, the FCC would have a role, but it would be circumscribed, being centered on public safety and technical / interference matters instead of its struggling-for-a-mission job it now plays.
The deregulatory trajectory is clear. For over four decades, Congressional law and policy, FCC regulation, and court decisions have moved to unshackle the communications marketplace from the silos of the 1934 Communications Act. This is not to mention broader Congressional law and its tax policy, which has worked to remove burdens on the telephone system and Internet users; and its laws which have sought to keep the regulatory state as small, and small business-friendly, as it can be.
That ain’t radical. That’s the trend. Those are the facts.
Quite frankly, it’s the alt-left – hogtied by Google, the Ford Foundation, and Soros’ Open Society programs – which is the outlier. What’s especially ironic and troubling is that the alt-lefties have hijacked this deregulatory progress, and through hook, crook and partisan theft power-grabbed the Internet with out-of-date FDR-era / 19th Century railroad regulation, which, if they were still in control, would never go away.
Jamison’s viewpoint represents the will of the people and the tide of history. The alt-left, a disenfranchising fraud.
Who needs the FCC when it’s nothing more than a Ponzi scheme for 1%-er “progressives” (a.k.a. thieves)? Here’s to hoping the next FCC changes that racket.