Ajit Pai to Chair FCC – What an Excellent Choice

January 24, 2017

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of MediaFreedom.org: Alexandria, VA, January 24, 2017 – Yesterday it was officially announced that sitting FCC Commisisoner Ajit Pai is the agency’s new Chairman. This is an excellent choice. Pai is one of the most knowledgable, respected and fair-minded communications experts in the industry. He […]

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So-Called FCC Silo-Busting Plan Would Be a Boon to Consumers

January 17, 2017

The Left is in full freakout mode regarding reports that Donald Trump’s FCC transition team appears to be recommending “stripping” the Commission of its competition and consumer protection powers after Trump takes office. People like Public Knowledge’s Harold Feld say the plan – which ostensibly shares many similarities with a paper written two years ago […]

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FCC’s Zero Rating Report Reveals Rogue Agency as Less Than Zero for Consumers

January 12, 2017

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of MediaFreedom.org: Alexandria, VA, January 12, 2017 – Yesterday, the FCC’s wireless bureau released a report, which concluded that some popular zero-rated (a.k.a. free data) wireless offerings could, maybe, perhaps somehow, harm consumers and “competition” somewhere, in some time warp, down the road. The bureau’s […]

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Obama’s Net Neutrality Rule Cost American Taxpayers up to $4.16 BILLION to Develop and Enact

January 10, 2017

The other day in The Hill, John Davis – an ostensibly well-connected IT contractor who wants to help the federal government manage its data during rulemakings – claimed: “…it ended up taking nine months and an estimated $50 million for the FCC to consider the entire [Net Neutrality] comment dataset…” (emphasis and brackets added by […]

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Eisenach Was Right – Net Neutrality Regulates the Entire Internet

December 26, 2016

Passing Net Neutrality in a way that was not offensive to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs always depended on ensuring that the law “wouldn’t regulate the Internet.” Here are a couple of examples, taken from when Julius Genachowski and his partisan Commissioners jammed Net Neutrality down the Internet’s throat in late 2010: An FCC official / spokesman […]

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We Should Applaud Facebook’s (Unwise) Censorship

December 17, 2016

Press reports have it that in Facebook’s efforts to crack down on so-called “fake news,” the company will be outsourcing “fake news” “fact checking” (two loaded terms) to a consortium of mainstream news outlets led by the left-leaning Poynter institute. That’s fine, even if it means that the real goal is to silence disruptive (i.e., […]

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Twitter Scores a Touchdown, but Net Neutrality Keeps ISPs at the 20-Yard Line

December 11, 2016

Did you watch the Raiders-Chiefs game on Twitter on Thursday night? Sure, it was available on TV and via other paid online venues. But, if you can’t get over-the-air TV, or don’t pay for online NFL games, Twitter got it to you – likely on your convenient smartphone – with a great picture, and for […]

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Want Fake News – Just Look to the FCC

December 7, 2016

There’s been a lot of talk about so-called fake news and its effect on the outcome of the election. As the mainstream media explains it, Americans are just too splintered, too “extreme,” and too stupid to view news critically – especially what’s in their Internet news feeds – in order to make up their own […]

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Take a Deep Breath – Zero-rating Benefits Consumers

November 30, 2016

With news that AT&T plans to offer zero-rated content through its DirecTV Now offering, Net Neutrality zealots have come unhinged. According to one hyperbolic lede, “AT&T just declared war on an open internet (and us).” Sure it has. Those supporting the FCC’s dubious Open Internet Order believe that the new service crosses the line and […]

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Close the FCC? The Real Radical Ain’t Mark Jamison. Rather, It’s the Alt-Left That’s the Outlier.

November 24, 2016

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 […]

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