Consequences of Treating Broadband as a Public Utility

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The FCC is poised to vote on reclassifying broadband services as a common carrier, innocuously referred to as net neutrality regulations. From the outset, the net neutrality rules were unnecessary, did not address any apparent market failure, and protected companies instead of encouraging competition. While advocates for these regulations promised free, open and neutral internet, […]

Did the FCC Lie about Net Neutrality?

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Reclassification Could Be Costly for Consumers As a means to establish and promulgate new Internet rules, commonly referred to as net neutrality regulations, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appears to be on the verge of reclassifying Internet services from a less-regulated “information service” to a much stricter public utility-style “common carrier telecommunications service.” The regulatory […]

Taxing the Internet is a Bad Idea

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Earlier this month, House members introduced a new bill that would make the Internet Tax Freedom Act permanent. First passed in 1998, the Internet Tax Freedom Act was a 15-year ban on the taxation of Internet access. The bill has been continually extended in a patchwork fashion, most recently at the end of 2014 to […]

ACI in The Hill: Internet Regs Will Harm Consumers

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This month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will likely approve net neutrality rules which will, for the first time, impose significant federal regulatory authority on Internet services and over Internet Service Providers (ISPs). After nearly a decade of intense clamoring by advocacy groups, who have called for a “free” and “neutral” and “open” Internet, net […]

What Consumers Say about Internet Regulation

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As the new Congress gets into high gear, net neutrality appears to be at the top of the agenda for many. President Obama saw fit to voice support for net neutrality in last night’s State of the Union, saying he intends “to protect a free and open Internet,” as well as mentioning improving broadband networks […]

The Hill’s Congressional Blog: Internet Regulations Not Open or Free

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Net Neutrality proponents are always saying that they are promoting a more “open and free” Internet.  Last week, Susan Crawford, a former advisor to President Obama on matters concerning science, technology and innovation, wrote an article in Medium condemning a practice known as “zero rating”—where some wireless carriers offer free wireless data to access certain […]

Net Neutrality Kleptocrats

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Where is the compelling collection of dashed consumer hopes that justifies transforming the US Internet into a 1930s style utility?  There is no such catalog of damage.  Instead there is a chorus of stylish but paranoid emotions over blocked content or “open and free” communications or fictional startups’ potential need for regulatory protection from competitors’ […]