High Consumer Costs of Net Neutrality

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The fight over net neutrality continues to rage as more tech companies just recently join the fight. This time, though, 60 major tech companies joined to come out against Title II reclassification, which would reclassify broadband as a public utility under the Telecommunications Act, much the same as telephone lines currently are. Title II reclassification […]

Time Is On Millennials’ Side

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The Millennials are the generation born between 1983 and 2004.  The youngest is 11 and the oldest is 30 years of age.  They have experienced different cultural, technological and economic conditions in their early formative years than did predecessor generations; Generation X (Gen Xers) born during 1965 to 1982 and the Boomer generation born 1946 […]

The Green Label’s Bait and Switch

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American consumers of “sustainable” wood products may be surprised to find out what is labeled “green” could actually be made, furbished or processed in an environmentally unsound manner.  This occurs due to misguided government bias that favors one international certification standard, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), over other credible standards, such as the American Tree […]

Broadband Taxes Could Be on the Way

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Federal Appeal Courts have twice tossed the FCC’s attempts to impose populist regulations called Net Neutrality on the Internet Service providers offering broadband service.  The FCC was harangued into forbidding providers from the notion of offering “fast lanes” for services that work better at higher speed.  Populists powered by “one-size-fits-all” thinking refuse to pay for […]

Should Government and the Private Sector Cooperate In Cybersecurity?

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The public was offended when NSA coopted RSA’s encryption products and we were disappointed when some social media firms shared their customer’s private data with government, other firms, and law enforcement.  It’s not acceptable for government and industry to cooperate against the public at large, but when we face genuine national security threats, most of […]

Negative Impact of Regulations on Innovation

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In mobile wireless and Internet markets, consumers deserve the final say on which constructive innovations, new product features and infrastructure should survive. In those markets, consumers notice the rapid pace of change and while they may not use every innovation that comes along, they welcome the steady stream of appealing changes and increased value from […]

Proof: Regulating the Internet Means Consumers Pay More

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The American Consumer Institute sent an Ex Parte letter to the commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission explaining how the proposed reclassification of broadband services from an “information service” to a “telecommunications service” under Title II regulations would subject broadband services to a full array of new taxes, which means that consumers will be paying substantially more for their broadband services.  A PDF of […]