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  • The FCC and Net Neutrality Rules: The Answer Is Still No

    The merry-go-round of net neutrality continued its seemingly endless ride yesterday, as word came from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the agency is considering yet another try at regulating the Internet. According to news reports, the new proposal being circulated to the five commissioners by Chairman Tom Wheeler—which would … More

    WSJ: Obama 'Regulator Without Peer'

    In an editorial appearing today, The Wall Street Journal examined one of the few areas of the economy enjoying an unabated boom: federal regulation. Armed with numbers obtained from a forthcoming report by Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Journal’s editors outline the disturbing growth of the Federal … More

    How Average Americans Are the Victims of Excessive Regulation

    In his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama vowed to wield his executive powers when faced with congressional resistance to his legislative agenda: “America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation … that’s what … More

    Comcast/Time-Warner: Storm Forecasts Just Hot Air

    While much of official Washington was kept from the office on Thursday by a snowstorm, a storm of a different kind was developing in the television world. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable TV company, reached a deal to buy Time-Warner Cable. The instant analysis of the deal was as breathless … More

    Light Returns to the FCC: Net Neutrality Rules Overturned by Court

    Robert McDowell, then a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), famously called it “the darkest day of the year,” referring to the FCC’s December 2010 adoption of “net neutrality” rules. Today, things are looking brighter: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has unceremoniously tossed out the … More

    The 10 Worst Regulations of 2013

    There are many things 2013 will be remembered for, not least the miles of red tape that were imposed on Americans. It has been a very busy year indeed for regulators, who imposed new dictates on everything from the food we eat to the loans we obtain and the health … More

    Washington Post: Obama Administration Slowed Red Tape to Avoid 2012 Election Backlash

    Last fall, Heritage Foundation analysts noted an eerie silence coming from Obama regulatory agencies. The production of new rules, which until then had been in overdrive, slipped into a lower gear. And the regulatory agenda, which the Administration was required by law to release every spring and fall, did not … More

    Phones on Airplanes: FCC Moves to Lift Rules

    Something unusual is happening at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). At a meeting earlier this afternoon, the commission—led by Obama-appointed chairman Tom Wheeler—voted to review the FCC ban on using cell phones on airplanes. This is the first step to repeal, which Wheeler supports. The move has caused bipartisan consternation … More

    Volcker Rule Gets Stuck on Reality

    Slate seems to have picked up on a classic regulatory problem that relates to the (still being finalized) version of the new Volcker Rule. The problem? Regulations often sound reasonable but are practically impossible to implement. Officially, the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (known as Dodd–Frank) required … More

    Postal Service Won’t Shut Down but Will Default on Its Debt

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) defaulted on its debt last night. No, it has nothing to do with the partial shutdown of the government. The USPS is not affected by that. Rather, it has its very own, parallel fiscal crisis that threatens its viability as an institution. Yesterday’s default—on $5.6 … More