Two More Ways the “Open Internet Order” is Illegal
Communications / Regulation / Rule of Law / Technology

Two More Ways the “Open Internet Order” is Illegal

As I have previously discussed, the Open Internet Order (OIO) recently passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an unconstitutional breach of the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause. That is not the only legal pitfall of the order, however. It also violates the Telecommunications Act, the very law which it is using to apply Title … Continue reading

Meat Industry Challenged by New DGAC Report
Environmental Regulation / Healthcare / Politics

Meat Industry Challenged by New DGAC Report

Do you love coffee but also love red meat and dessert? If so, there’s good news and bad news. On Thursday, February 19, the Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee (DGAC) released a lengthy 571-page report of suggestions to the Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report explained … Continue reading

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

MetLife Disavows “Systemically Important” Proposal
Economy / Politics / Regulation

MetLife Disavows “Systemically Important” Proposal

MetLife, a nonbank financial company (NFC) and the largest insurer in the U.S., called for a hearing Monday to oppose being labeled “systemically important.”  After the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a major financial watchdog, voted in favor of adding MetLife to the list of systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs) in September, the firm hustled … Continue reading

HFT Firms Manipulating NASDAQ
Economy / Regulation / Stock Exchange / Trade

HFT Firms Manipulating NASDAQ

Threatening equity markets, stock manipulation is among the hottest topics for investors today. Michael Lewis, author of Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, describes the U.S. stock market as rigged in favor of High Frequency Trading (HFT) firms.  In a 60 Minutes edition, Lewis stated that these firms are able to “identify your desire to … Continue reading

Drone Wars: Bans Against Free Enterprise?
Economy / National Security / Politics / Regulation / Technology

Drone Wars: Bans Against Free Enterprise?

Jeff Bezos’ plans to create commercial drone deliveries for Amazon in upcoming years might be premature based on the severe lack of new regulation establishment from the Federal Aviation Association (FAA).  The Association cannot keep up with American innovation and has resorted to banning most drone usage, aside from several private-sector drones, until it completes … 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