Tag: Net Neutrality

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The Burger King, in a blatant attempt to the exploit ignorance of his subjects, is getting into the net neutrality game: The Burger King brand, owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc, is launching a short internet video that imagines a world in which the restaurant chain offers different prices and different speeds in which it […]

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Net Neutrality Gave Us Shadow Banning


Where are the liberal free speech advocates? Conservative thought is being silenced. Silicon Valley’s powerful programmers are hiding voices with which they politically disagree by using statist-like media restrictions not dissimilar from North Korea. Kim Jong Un approves. Just this week we saw two new examples:

Project Veritas latest investigation demonstrates Twitter’s shadow banning of conservative accounts:

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump for making good on his efforts to eliminate and postpone costly and burdensome federal regulations.  They also tense up as five different Senate GOP votes could be in jeopardy as vote nears on tax reform.  They shake their heads as liberals lose their minds and predict an internet wasteland after the Federal Communications Commission votes to return internet regulations to where they were two years ago.  And Jim offers a spoiler-free look at the new Star Wars movie.

Shilling for Net Neutrality


The FCC votes Thursday morning on repealing the Obama-era net neutrality rules. Ever since Commissioner Ajit Pai made the proposal public a few weeks ago, most of the internet responded with paraoxysms of rage. I wrote about it for USA Today:

Being the Trump era, celebrities jumped on Twitter to react with, what else, outrage. “We will never go back to a free Internet,” warned Kumail Nanjiani‏ of Silicon Valley (the HBO show, not the tech capital).

“Net neutrality means Trump can change the Internet!” Cher shrieked.

How to Talk to Your Children About “Net Neutrality”


You know it’s going to happen, so you might as well be prepared. One of these days, probably while you’re eating a peaceful family dinner, your adolescent is going to set down her fork and look at you with that serious expression kids get when pondering profound issues. Once the conversation stops, she’ll ask the question on every young person’s mind, which she and her friends have been wrestling with in their innocent and uninformed way.

“Dad, do we support Net Neutrality?”

There it is, out in the open. Your wife will give you a questioning look, wondering how adroitly you’ll handle this earnest inquiry. And now, with everyone’s eyes on you, you’ll have to opine on one of the most arcane and monotonous, yet portentous, technology issues of our day.

Rusty Humphries: Bad Boys Get Spanked


Rusty HumphriesRusty Humphries returns to Whiskey Politics to discuss news personalities, politicians, and power brokers being outed as molesters, gropers, and general pervs. We also touch on Facebook filtering conservative posts, Net Neutrality, holiday movies worth seeing, Matt Lauer, Mel Gibson, Roy Moore, and why Rusty thinks Al Franken has a legitimate shot running for president in 2020 (seriously).

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(Click on the image above or HERE for the video) The internet is currently consumed over the debate concerning the impending repeal of net neutrality. From what I can see most of the internet is firmly in favour of the current net neutrality rules which were passed in 2015. However, is their another side to […]

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Richard Epstein looks at the law — and economics — of the Justice Department’s efforts to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner.

This week on Banter, Bret Swanson explained why we should be optimistic about the future of technical innovation and the productivity gains it will foster. Swanson is a visiting fellow at AEI where he studies the impact of technology on the US economy, telecommunications, and internet regulation. He is also the president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic research firm advising investors and tech companies on technology, innovation, and the economy.

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FCC says AT&T’s DirecTV Now service, which lets you stream video without it counting as data, violates net neutrality. Since September, AT&T has let its wireless customers stream its DirecTV video service over the AT&T wireless network without counting that data against their monthly data caps. This week AT&T made the $35 a month streaming service […]

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Net Neutrality Likely Heading to SCOTUS


Via the WSJ:

WASHINGTON—A panel of federal judges upheld the government’s net-neutrality rules Tuesday, handing a major victory to the Obama administration in its efforts to step up oversight of cable and telephone companies that provide broadband service. The divided decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit represents a big win for internet companies that favor the net-neutrality rules.

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Net Neutrality is now a reality. Although both Left and Right ends of the political spectrum were against these new rules, the FCC 3-2 party line vote occurred under pressure from the White House. Now we are starting to see the ramifications of the Orwellian regulations. Drudge, Fox News could be censored under new federal rules, […]

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Focus on the People, Not the Numbers


Conservatives and libertarians face a common problem: our principles. Once you catch the passion for liberty and understand how the freedom of billions of humans can coalesce to make a world undreamable by any individual person, it is increasingly difficult to take seriously complicated schemes of regulation and legislation that purport to know better than the market. But why is this really a problem?

I have long been searching for a way to reframe libertarian issues as human interest stories for two reasons:  1) that’s what they are; 2) that’s what people really care about and connect with. To that end, I have been thinking about Jim Pethoukoukis’s “Generation Katniss” post, which walks through exactly the problem i’ve been trying to sort out.  I think a lot of the comments on that post missed the point. It is not that libertarian-conservatives need to change what they talk about, it is that we need to change how we talk about it.

The Fatal Conceit of the FCC


Reason ran an article today about the ongoing Title II-based regulation of the Internet by the FCC. If you haven’t followed the issue, the FCC voted in February to reclassify broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, a move which puts high technology companies on par with Ma Bell, circa 1950. Among other things, this accession to power grants the FCC the ability to regulate rates and the so-called “paid prioritization” of bandwidth.

The authors of the Reason article note the strange tension in allowing the FCC to solve a problem that, apparently, was founded on anti-competition grounds:

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Yesterday, WIRED magazine posted an article describing how FAA bureaucracy and regulation has resulted in an air traffic control system that is forty years behind existing technology. Today, it has declared that the FCC regulating the Internet (Net Neutrality) is a big win.  Hmm. Preview Open

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Tom Wheeler Makes His Big Move on Net Neutrality…Maybe


The latest bulletin in the net neutrality wars comes in the form of widely circulated story on Wired with the breathless title “FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality.” One-man rule is not in the cards at the FCC, but it seems highly likely that the three-member Democratic majority on the FCC will support this rule, virtually verbatim, regardless of what the two Republican members say or think. The point in this case seems exceptionally clear in light of the major intervention of President Obama and his youthful White House team, who are plumping for the strongest possible forms of net neutrality protection — a gambit which, according to a Wall Street Journal story, was explicitly designed to force Wheeler’s hand.

In dealing with this issue, it is useful to track the arguments that Mr. Wheeler made in his Wired essay, which show something of the confused state of the intellectual debate over the topic.  As is often in these cases, Wheeler begins with a story of the bad old FCC during the 1950s and 1960s when he writes:

On Net Neutrality, the GOP Is Making a Mistake


Prelude: Troy asked me to adapt this piece from a private thought that I distributed to a conspiratorial listserv of which I am a member. Because I know Troy, I am reasonably confident that he suggested this piece to me principally because it would open me up to immolation at the fingertips of Richard Epstein, whom I have had the pleasure of hosting for dinner in Palo Alto several times, on no occasion succeeding in winning an argument against him. Richard wrote recently on this page that net neutrality is “a solution in search of a problem.”

Conservatives should be for net neutrality. It isn’t a perfect solution, but network discrimination is indeed bad, and the last-mile Internet industry is more like a government whose actions we should seek to restrain than a private market which, unmolested, will constantly improve.

The Libertarian Podcast: Epstein on Net Neutrality


This week on the Libertarian podcast, I lead Professor Epstein through a consideration of President Obama’s call for the FCC to impose net neutrality requirements on the Internet. Richard talks about the drawbacks of such a proposal, what a proper regulatory approach to the internet would look like, what exactly all this “common carrier” talk means, and what powers a classical liberal should be comfortable with the FCC having. Take a listen: