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  • Bailing Out Detroit: Wrong Vehicle for Change

    Nothing gathers a crowd in Washington like the sight of money being handed out.  Thus, in the wake of last weekend’s federal takeover of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, lobbyists for the automobile industry could be found stalking the halls of Congress, asking for help from the government too.  Specifically, … More

    'Net Neutrality' Throws Internet into Legal Limbo

    Since the Federal Communications Commission’s ‘net neutrality’ order last month there have been an avalanche of lawsuits including four last week alone.Responding to the suits, Ben Scott of Free Press, the energizer rabbit of pro-regulation media groups, said: The Internet is too important to let Comcast tie it up in … More

    McDowell on Fairness and Neutrality

    This morning’s Drudge Report features the stories everyone is talking about today, with reports on U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps winning another couple of gold medals, the latest on the Russia-Georgia war, and — of course — FCC commissioner Robert McDowell on threat of the Fairness Doctrine and net neutrality regulation. … More

    Regulate the Internet? FCC.gov Has It Right

    The FCC last Friday may have jumped with both feet into the business of regulating the Internet, but someone forgot to tell the folks that run the Commission’s website. “The FCC Does Not Regulate the Internet or Internet Service Providers (ISP)” the “consumer publications” page of FCC.gov is still proudly … More

    No Credit to Congress: House Judiciary Committee Votes on Price Controls

    In 1979, Robert Schuettinger and Eamonn Butler wrote a book called “Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls,” detailing 4,000 years of disastrous attempts by government to control market prices. Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on adding a 41st century to that litany of failure. The target: credit … More

    Spectrum and the Specter of Central Planning

    As Mark Twain might have said if he followed spectrum policy: the reports of the death of central planning in Washington have been greatly exaggerated. As early as next week, the Federal Communications Commission may vote on a plan mooted by Chairman Kevin Martin to auction off 25 MHz of … More