FCC’s Open Internet Order Is Turning the Internet of Things into a Hal 9000

March 20, 2017

Your home or office is quietly undermining the Internet, like a low-tech version of Hal 9000? As the Wall Street Journal reports: While Bea Lowick ’s customers were busy folding clothes last year, the security system at her Carbondale, Colo., laundromat was also hard at work. Though she didn’t know it, Ms. Lowick’s Digital ID […]

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Netflix’s Hastings: Never Mind. We Don’t Need FCC Net Neutrality After All. The Market Does Just Fine.

March 17, 2017

Earlier today, the Verge reported: “Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he’s ‘not too worried’ about what will happen if new FCC chairman Ajit Pai eliminates the Title II regulations that have guaranteed a neutral internet experience for US consumers in recent years. “Speaking to a group of journalists at Netflix’s headquarters in Los Gatos, California, […]

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Policymakers Must Step on the Gas to Drive New Mobile Broadband Deployment

March 10, 2017

Though millions of Americans hook up to the Internet via wired landlines, wireless broadband subscriptions outpace wired access by more than a 2-to-1 ratio.  It’s not hard to see why – using a wireless device like a smartphone or tablet, one can connect to the Internet virtually anywhere in the U.S. Wireless innovation coming down […]

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FCC, FTC Work to Heal Obama’s Anti-Consumer Online Privacy Rules

March 2, 2017

If you don’t already know it, the Trump FCC has begun the process of correcting the previous Commission’s online privacy protections. Specifics aside, it remains likely that at some point soon – perhaps with the aid of Congress – the industry-cleaving privacy rule passed last year by a Google-captured, Obama FCC will either be tossed […]

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Let the Public Determine the Public Interest, Not Elites.

February 28, 2017

“America’s approach to broadband policy will be practical, not ideological,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today the Mobile World Congress gathering in Barcelona, Spain. What does this mean? If the advance of technology, industry best practices, brand management, competition, transparency / media coverage, and present (non-Title II) enforcement laws can’t prevent actual – not conjectured […]

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Net Neutrality “Activism” Is a Cry Wolf Profession

February 24, 2017

As the new FCC takes hold and makes changes in line with the ’16 election results, we’re going to see a lot of crying wolf by the professional organizers who helped Barack Obama impose Net Neutrality / utility regulation on the entire Internet. Let’s be clear here: Net Neutrality is a needless law that was […]

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FCC Authorizes LTE-U Equipment – A Big Win for Wireless Consumers

February 23, 2017

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of MediaFreedom.org: Alexandria, VA, February 22, 2017 – Yesterday the FCC authorized the first LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) devices. Among other things, LTE-U equipped products will allow LTE providers to offload data onto specified unlicensed frequencies, creating a better broadband experience for wireless consumers. Though there were some […]

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Discrimination Is Good for the Internet – There Must Be More!

February 13, 2017

The Democrats and their progressive supporters held a “fake news” event last week to shriek about the new FCC and their fears that the agency will rollback their out-of-touch, FDR-era Net Neutrality law. At the event, Senator Richard Blumenthal decried: “Allowing a broadband provider to block or discriminate against certain content providers is not only […]

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FCC Ends Zero-Rating Inquisition, Begins Rehabbing Its Regulatory Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Behavior

February 4, 2017

Yesterday, the FCC closed the dubious investigation into popular zero-rated offerings. According to Commissioner Mike O’Rielly: Today, the Commission finally puts an end to the past Commission’s zero-rating inquiries and recommits to permissionless innovation. While this is just a first step, these companies, and others, can now safely invest in and introduce highly popular products […]

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The New FCC to Humbly Serve

January 27, 2017

Brief addendum: If you didn’t already know it by reading this blog, I think Ajit Pai is going to be a good FCC Chairman. He represents the polar opposite of the last Commission’s activist, crony-focused, sky-is-falling MO. As I see it (and hope for), his Commission will take a more optimistic approach to regulating (or […]

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