If you pay any attention to your phone bill you know that buried within the “other charges” section is something called the Universal Service Fund Fee. Of course, there are lots of such “other charges”, so much so that for me, at least, they amount to 39% of my phone bill, excluding any long distance charges. Read more
As you may recall, the FCC’s Christmas present to America was a rule, issued December 23, 2010, that restricts how Internet service providers (like Verizon, or AT&T, or a host of others) manage traffic on their own Internet systems. The FCC’s rule was “in response” to a decision by the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals that held that the FCC had absolutely no Congressional authority to regulate the Internet. Read more
With Obama’s recent “compromise” on not raising taxes for anyone, much has been said about the possibility that Obama, like Clinton before him, is moving to the center. He isn’t, he doesn’t have to, and he doesn’t need Congress to accomplish his agenda. Read more
I spent the better part of the show on this and for good reason. It’s a bad idea. It gives extraordinary powers over the internet to the FCC to solve a problem that exists only in their minds. Worse … as John Fund pointed out in the WSJ … this is likely just the beginning on control on the greatest gift to freedom of speech since the US Constitution. Read more
So you’ve probably heard of Net Neutrality and had no idea what the heck was it all about. Want to know why it’s a fringe subject concerning some big Internet problem? It’s because it’s not really a problem at all.