Over-Regulating Silicone Could Devastate the Consumer Electronics Market

As “Silicon Valley” has grown into a household term, it’s become easier to take for granted one of the most important family of chemicals used in electronics today: silicones. Silicones’ contributions to and use in the electronics industry are vast. But now, regulatory threats to silicones have emerged abroad. Given their value, it’s dismaying to […]

Can You See Me Now?

Once again, it’s graduation season with the parties, the ceremonies and the yearbooks (are yearbooks still available in hard copy?). I recall elementary school class pictures where we lined up in rows sorted by height. In high school the lineup was less orderly, and many skipped class pictures at college graduation because we had places […]

Closing the Streaming Loophole Would Benefit Consumers

Illegally downloading copyrighted material is a federal felony but streaming the exact same content over the internet is only a misdemeanor and carries much lighter penalties. Despite the fact that broad access to faster, cheaper internet connections has spurred tremendous growth in the streaming of copyright-infringing content, which now accounts for the majority of piracy […]

Coalition Sends a Letter to the FCC Calling for Expanding the Flexible Use of Spectrum

To a coalition of groups, consisting of the American Consumer Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Tech Freedom, Lincoln Network, Competitive Enterprise Institute and R-Street Institute, filed a letter with the FCC today.  The letter calls for using the secondary market to speed the allocation of C-Band spectrum — 3.7 to 4.2 GHz Band — in order […]

The Hill: Mobile 5G carriers need more spectrum — let the C-Band Alliance sell them some

There’s not much time left for the U.S. to take decisive steps toward winning the race to 5G. Approving the CBA proposal is the fastest way to get services developed in the U.S., keep the U.S. on track to be a world leader in 5G, and heighten competition between wireless, cable, and fiber broadband services. […]

China Plays the Rare Earth Card, Again

The trade spat between the U.S. and China took an ugly turn threatening high-tech materials for motors, generators, and batteries. Recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a Chinese rare earth element (REE) factory. We should see his visit as an implicit threat that he would consider cutting off supplies of REE materials needed by huge […]

Real Clear Policy: Ambiguous Intellectual Property Rights Means Litigation Abuse

A legal case worthy of a TV drama is unfolding in Texas — with much at stake for American companies and consumers. The dispute over trade secrets — which resulted in a massive $706 million jury award last year and has since been reportedly exposed as an elaborate fraud — has now been appealed. But […]

Camera Surveillance of the Public

In China, a complex system is being developed to assign “social credit” scores to residents. The scores will reflect the value of an individual’s condoned or condemned behaviors. The system will use surveillance cameras and perhaps microphones in public areas to record what passersby are doing and with whom they are meeting. The recordings are […]

ZTE and Huawei Equipment: Is it a National Security Threat?

Telecom equipment that is acceptable for use in the US is inspected by the FCC. The analog and digital computers that switch connections from origin to destination have the capability to conduct wiretapping or other stealthy monitoring as a court might order to help law enforcement. Those capabilities are well known and operated with proper […]