FCC Gleefully Embroidering Last Century’s Regulations

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The transition from a copper telephone network to an all IP fiber network has been noteworthy. Already 30% of consumers use voice-over-Internet (VoIP) services instead of traditional copper-based telephone services, and another 44% are wireless-only. Only 25% of consumers still use old copper telephone services and that’s because their carriers have yet to transition to […]

Labor Day: Who Actually Pulls the Communal Cart?

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Each Labor Day is marked by parades, picnics, ball games, barbecues for family and friends, and perhaps fireworks.   In between these colorful spectacles, a few with a taste for history might steer the conversation toward thanking labor unions for their early role in improving working conditions. Today’s heroes – those who fund national defense and […]

An Arrogant, Ragingly Partisan EPA

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The EPA claims that both science and economics support its global campaign to force US states into halting carbon dioxide emissions. EPA’s Administrator Gina McCarthy says the EPA’s Clean Power Plan authority calls for an end to debate on climate change and emissions control: “people overwhelmingly consider climate change to be a problem—and they want […]

Real Clear Policy: What Happens When ROR Utilities Invest?

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Just last month, the U.S. Energy and information Administration announced that natural gas had surpassed coal – for the first time ever – as the main source of electricity generation. The news may have sparked delight for those who see coal as “dirty” and for those who see the recent boom in domestic natural gas […]

Putting “Affordable” Back in the Affordable Care Act

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In the last five years, much of the press coverage and analysis of healthcare has been dominated by politics, doctor-patient relationship disruption, sticker shock, and legalities swept in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Those are important, but the efficacy and the cost of treatment are ultimately most important. The great majority of medical treatment […]

A Pass on Nutrition, an Incomplete on Safety

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Good nutrition and food safety are important to all consumers. While there is some improvement in the nutrition information made available to consumers and a huge leap in Food Stamps, attention to food safety is lagging. To address that shortfall, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed Congress in 2010, but none of the urgently […]

Censored Intranets Replace Our Common Internet

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A year ago, Russia adopted a “blogger law” that requires a person with more than 3,000 daily readers to register, disclose personal information and submit to the same regulations as Russian mass media. This will have a chilling effect on the candor of online opinion writers. During 2015, further restrictions will require the data of […]

What Patients Deserve: ACI in Real Clear Policy

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If you were severely ill and needed to pick a physician, would you want one who has been certified as meeting all of the current training, educational and professional standards set by a board of physicians? For many patients, it is very important for them to know that they are dealing with top-notch doctors who […]

Laws to Hide Behind

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Personal information in internet sites comes from many sources. People voluntarily put their own information in many places such as Facebook and chat rooms. News sites and blogs publish information about the actions of others. Government property tax and court clerks put information about individuals and corporations on the internet. Those posters usually intend the […]