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    A Regulatory Shock from the FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set its regulatory sights on wireless telephone providers for instigating a supposed epidemic of “bill shock” across the land. But a review of complaints to the agency, as well as government survey data, casts considerable doubt on the agency’s claim that consumers are terrorized … More

    Fox v. Cablevision: Should Washington Be Television’s Umpire?

    Last Sunday, countless Philadelphia Phillies fans settled down in front of their TV sets to watch their team take on the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series. They were disappointed. Not because their team lost—they won—but because they couldn’t watch it. The reason is a contractual spat … More

    Waxman Net Neutrality Plan: Internet Regulation Lite, Anybody?

    Just days before Congress recesses for the upcoming elections, House Commerce Committee chair Henry Waxman stepped into the debate over Internet regulation yesterday, releasing draft legislation to impose certain “neutrality” rules to providers of broadband Internet service. Hammered out in negotiations over the past few weeks with the active participation … More

    Zoning Out of Wireless: Local Red Tape and Cell Phones

    Americans are increasingly cutting the cord on their phones. By the most recent estimates, 40 percent Americans rely primarily on their wireless phone for voice calls, and most of those don’t have a wireline phone at all. But don’t count me in that number. It’s not that I wouldn’t like … More

    FCC’s Neutrality Regulation Express Sidetracked

    The FCC’s plans for regulating the Internet through “neutrality” regulation—once considered on a fast track—was sidetracked once again yesterday as the agency announced a new round of public comments on possible regulation. It is one more twist in the drama that net neutrality has become, at least for those who … More

    A Google-Verizon Truce On Internet Regulation?

    Google and Verizon, two of the leading antagonists in the long-running drama over FCC net neutrality regulation, may be about to call a truce.   According to numerous media reports, the two firms have or will soon agree to a compromise framework for regulation, which would provide for a limited degree … More

    Keep the Internet Free of the U.N.

    An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by Robert McDowell, a commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, warns that a FCC proposal to regulate broadband Internet access could lead to international regulation of the Internet by the International Telecommunications Union. The ITU, a largely autonomous organization that actually predates … More

    Linguistic Gerrymandering: The FCC Moves to Regulate the Internet

    It’s been a bad week for the rule of law. First, President Obama — without any apparent legal authority — “informs” BP that it is to hand over $20 billion into an escrow fund, or else. Not to be outdone, the Federal Communications Commission this morning voted 3-2 to take … More

    FCC on Broadband Regulation: "No, Wait, It Is a Duck After All"

    The Federal Communications Commission is nothing if not persistant. Exactly one month ago today, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled that the FCC had no authority to regulate the Internet. But yesterday, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced the agency would try to do so anyway. Specifically, Genachowski wants to put … More

    FCC Net Neutrality Smackdown a Win for Free Market, Limited Government

    In a huge win for the free market and limited government, a federal appeals court today put a halt to the Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to exert its authority over the Internet and its power play to regulate the companies who provide access to it. The decision, issued by the … More