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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Video: A Regulator’s Guide to Zero Rating and Free Data – Part 3, Price Discrimination

November 21, 2016

Telecoms have long practiced “discrimination” when serving their customers’ varying needs. This is a good thing, though. Volume discounts, 1-800 numbers, flat-rate vs. metered pricing, business vs. residential pricing, and city vs. rural pricing, among others, are all examples of how phone companies sought to differ their offerings for their customers. Still, many are confused […]

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All Communications Platforms Curate – The Next FCC Should Let ISPs Curate, Too

November 19, 2016

All systems / platforms that facilitate communications act to curate the underlying communications and environments of those systems. What types of systems are we talking about? Well, they can be an organizing structure as “simple” as your home and your parents’ constant “guidance” of your actions. Or, the act of shepherding comments that result from […]

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Net Neutrality: Pass a Rule without Bipartisan Support, It’s Gonna’ Be Repealed

November 10, 2016

A number of stories from the “independent” press, as well as action alerts from “consumer” groups, have cropped up, all caterwauling about the possibility that incoming president Donald Trump – aided by a new Commission and support from GOP majorities in the House and the Senate – will repeal the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. Cries […]

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Statement: Time to Roll Back Years of Deleterious Communications Policy – Hooray!

November 9, 2016

Alexandria, VA, November 9, 2016 – MediaFreedom is encouraged by last night’s election results. They are a strong repudiation of eight years of failed and deleterious policy, which has been jammed down the throats of Americans in the service of powerful crony constituencies, not average citizens. Let the peaceful change of the guard begin. To […]

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AT&T / Time Warner Merger Presents Another Awesome Opportunity for the FCC to Censor Private Communications

November 1, 2016

In the short time since it was announced late last month, a lot has already been speculated about the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner. With its “application” to regulatory authorities outstanding, a bunch of questions persist. One that continually comes up is – if the FCC has some role in reviewing the transaction […]

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Statement: FCC’s New Privacy Rules Will Undermine the Internet Economy

October 27, 2016

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of Alexandria, VA, October 27, 2016 – Today the FCC voted to break the Internet’s data economy by imposing needless rules on how ISPs use customer data. Needless, because for over two decades the Internet has been guided by the successful FTC privacy regime. […]

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Video: A Regulator’s Guide to Zero Rating and Free Data (Pt. 2)

October 24, 2016

Isn’t pricing all data the same the fairest way to provide Internet access? An argument in the zero rating and differential pricing debate is that allowing some data to be free is discriminatory and harmful. The following video reviews that assertion in light of international examples. (Accompanying paper can be seen here) One of the […]

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FCC “Authored” AT&T-Time Warner Merger – It Must Be Approved, Without Extortive Condition

October 23, 2016

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of Alexandria, VA, October 23, 2016 – “News reports have it that AT&T will acquire content powerhouse Time Warner. In a regulatory environment that punishes infrastructure investment by pushing FCC-mandated Net Neutrality, why would AT&T not? By the FCC’s reckoning, content is king, not […]

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Why So Sensitive, FCC?

October 19, 2016

The following letter regarding the FCC’s proposed Internet privacy rules was sent to the Commission by MediaFreedom yesterday: October 18, 2016 Marlene H. Dortch Secretary Federal Communications Commission 445 12th St., SW Washington, DC 20554 Re: In the Matter of Protecting Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services, WC Docket No. 16-106 Dear […]

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