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Bachus's support of Interent regulation would hurt innovation

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By Phil Kerpen

It's known as the "nuclear option" on Wall Street because it would so thoroughly obliterate private investment in broadband companies that it would be something like total destruction. It refers to the reclassification, urged by liberal extremist groups, of broadband Internet services as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. An idea only the most extreme liberal Democrats could embrace, right? Sadly not. Republican Spencer Bachus of Alabama, chairman of the antitrust subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, recently told a reporter: "The easiest thing to do might be Title II." Shocking.



Neutrality Nuts Won’t Be Happy Until Government Controls the Internet

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Angry liberals are set to descend on the Federal Communications Commission to disgrace themselves by shouting down the proceedings. The lead group involved, Free Press, has sent out an invitation asking people to bring “pots, pans or whatever else you can bang on so the FCC hears our message loud and clear.” Banging on pots and pans as an exercise in clarity? It gets better: “Together we’ll dance, drum and shout that the agency must throw out its destructive plan and reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. This is the only way to restore real Net Neutrality.”

“Restore” is an odd word choice, because the reclassification of broadband Internet as a Title II telecommunications service, also known, ironically, as POTS for Plain Old Telephone Service, would bring about total government economic control on the Internet that has never previously existed.

Read the rest at American Commitment.


FCC Cronyism Stiffs Taxpayers and Destroys Jobs

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While the national media is mostly focused on the Federal Communications Commission’s latest net neutrality follies (still a regulatory solution in search of a problem), the far bigger policy challenge the Commission faces is executing the most complex spectrum auction in the agency’s history. Unfortunately, the FCC seems more concerned with picking winners and losers than managing the auction effectively.

Read the rest at American Commitment.


Cory Booker's coziness with Silicon Valley is bad for New Jersey

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The bulk of Senate candidate and Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s personal wealth, according to a blockbuster New York Times expose, comes from a previously unknown company called Waywire, which styles itself as a “socially conscious” alternative to YouTube.

Waywire counts Oprah Winfrey, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter among its investors, but the tiny company (2,207 total visitors in June compared to YouTube’s 160 million) looks more like a multimillion dollar gift to Cory Booker than a real business.

Read the rest at Fox News Opinion.


An American Infrastructure Success Story

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The stories about the declining state of American infrastructure are everywhere – road and bridges, airports, railways, water and sewer systems. There’s never enough money and we’re always being forced as taxpayers to pay more. But there is one type of infrastructure that has had a remarkable boom: broadband Internet. It’s been driven by hands-off government policies that have allowed intense competition between cable, phone, and wireless providers to drive innovation and investment. We need to appreciate this success and resist calls for government intrusion that could disrupt it.

Read the rest at American Commitment.


FCC Must Run Honest Auctions

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“America’s global leadership in mobile, and the strategic bandwidth advantage so many have worked hard to create, is being threatened by the looming spectrum crunch,” recently departed Federal Communications (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski said.

But while Genachowski asked Congress to authorize incentive auctions to free up spectrum, he also opposed language to require free and fair auctions to the highest bidder. Instead, he wanted the authority to micromanage auction rules to pick winner and losers, effectively handing spectrum to smaller players at below-market prices by excluding the largest carriers, AT&T and Verizon.

Read the rest at American Commitment.


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