FCC Regulation is Bad for Economic Growth
Communications / Regulation / Technology

FCC Regulation is Bad for Economic Growth

As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to expand its regulatory reach to encompass internet providers under Title II of the Communications Act, many have objected that the measure will reduce investment needed to expand overall broadband capacity. The new order will increase uncertainty both about what shape enforcement of the rules will actually take … Continue reading

Privacy Advances or More Privacy Threats? What Might be Wrong with Eric Holder’s Statement
Communications / Other / Regulation

Privacy Advances or More Privacy Threats? What Might be Wrong with Eric Holder’s Statement

Attorney General Eric Holder said on September 30 that new forms of encryption that are now introduced by technology companies could thwart investigations of kidnappers and sexual predators, putting children at increased risk. In the wake of ongoing revelations of widespread surveillance of data and other electronic devices, Holder’s speech seems to be a well-coordinated campaign … Continue reading

U.S. Broadband Competition: Will Chairman Wheeler’s Plan Be Effective?
Communications / Technology

U.S. Broadband Competition: Will Chairman Wheeler’s Plan Be Effective?

During the past two weeks, one of the most catching statements on the American Internet service came from Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Chairman stated that Americans lack real choices among Internet service providers (ISP), with fewer than one in four American homes having access to two or more ISPs … Continue reading

Comedy, Competition, and Investment: Everything is Amazing and Broadband is Too
Communications / Culture / Regulation / Technology

Comedy, Competition, and Investment: Everything is Amazing and Broadband is Too

“Everything is amazing right now and nobody’s happy.” Few things are truer than that we, as humans, fail to appreciate the present moment.  Regardless of how bad the “good ole days” were factually, we hang on to the notion that simpler technology equates to simpler needs, simpler problems, and simpler living.  While being lost in … Continue reading

The Tragedy of the Common Carriers
Communications / Politics / Regulation / Technology

The Tragedy of the Common Carriers

One cannot discuss Net neutrality these days without stumbling across the centuries-old legal concept of “common carriage.”  As with all antediluvian models of the world, time invites decline and eventual replacement. And So The World Begins Common carriage is a rather deceptively simple idea: a service provided by a private company to any market participant … Continue reading

Net Neutrality: Why the FCC Should Vacate the Premises
Communications / Regulation / Technology

Net Neutrality: Why the FCC Should Vacate the Premises

When it comes to current Net neutrality issues, the public debate swings predominantly between two different regulatory strategies (known as, Title II and Section 706), both to be administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Yet, as much as we concern ourselves with better definitions and the right regulations, we should be more concerned with … Continue reading

Social Media and International Affairs: A Question of Ethics.
Communications / Latin America / Middle East / Politics

Social Media and International Affairs: A Question of Ethics.

In today’s world where people get their news from platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Google, ethical standards reasonably come into question. Entire internet platforms are now starting to notice the impact they have on public opinion, and are starting to take a stand for what they feel is right. Take, for example, last … Continue reading

On Media Bias and Chris Matthews’ Buffoonery
America / Communications

On Media Bias and Chris Matthews’ Buffoonery

As a conservative, I’m always hesitant to make the claim of media bias, for two reasons.  First, I think the conservative claim of the mainstream media’s bias is often overwrought and self-fulfilling.  Politicians and their staffs feel wronged and unfairly treated and, as a result, create an us-versus-them atmosphere that only perpetuates the irascible relationship. … Continue reading

Sending Mixed Signals Across the Spectrum
Communications / Regulation

Sending Mixed Signals Across the Spectrum

Last week I stacked the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) alongside such descriptors as ‘curmudgeon,’ while analyzing the need for regulatory reform at the agency primarily responsible for overseeing digital and telecommunications in the United States. In a radical shift of the narrative, internet news outlets were a buzz this week with the surprise claim that … Continue reading