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    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

    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

    Obamaphones: Rife with Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

    Free cell phones for low-income Americans, one of the fastest growing welfare programs in the United States, is—by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) own admission—rife with “waste, fraud and abuse.” And who is paying for these free Obamaphones? If you have a phone subscription, you are. The program, officially called … More

    Thankless Regulations an Affront to Pilgrims

    After 66 days of turbulent sailing across the Atlantic, the Pilgrims were understandably eager to touch land at Plymouth Rock. But before allowing themselves to alight, they gathered to sign the “Mayflower Compact,” by which they pledged to “combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering … More

    Ignore the Spin: GAO Says to Ease Cell Phone Rules

    According to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, federal health standards limiting radiation from cell phones are outdated and don’t reflect the latest research in the field. The watchdog agency urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reassess its current rules. The Members of Congress who requested the study—Representatives … More

    McConnell Describes Political Left's Efforts to Restrict Free Speech

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Friday that the Obama administration is pursuing restrictions on political speech through whatever means possible, including bypassing Congress and the federal judiciary. “What they haven’t been able to achieve through the courts or Congress, they’re already attempting to achieve through regulations,” McConnell said in a … More

    How Washington's Outdated Approach to Tech Acquisitions Threatens Jobs

    Silicon Valley is one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy today, but a new report warns that Washington’s outdated regulation and antitrust policy threatens to stifle growth among innovative technology companies. The report, produced by the Progressive Policy Institute, analyzes the impact of acquisitions in the technology … More

    Senate Poised to Vote on Resolution Blocking FCC's Net Neutrality Rule

    Congress could move a step closer to rejecting the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to regulate the Internet this week when the Senate considers a resolution targeting the agency’s net neutrality rule. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) introduced the measure, S.J. Res. 6, to halt the FCC from implementing the regulation. … More

    Making the Right Call on AT&T and T-Mobile

    No sooner did AT&T announce on Sunday its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile than analysts began handicapping whether federal regulators will approve the deal. The $39 billion fusion of the second- and fourth-largest providers of U.S wireless service (by revenue) is sure to trigger lots of hand-wringing at the Federal Communications … More

    Internet Regulation: As Congress Moves in, Is Genachowski Moving Out?

    On December 21 last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by chairman Julius Genachowski, voted 3–2 to impose “neutrality” regulations on the Internet. At the time, dissenting commissioner Robert McDowell noted that the day—quite literally—was the “darkest day of the year.” The regulatory winter, however, may prove to be … More