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Internet Investment and Innovation Threatened By Appellate Courts’ Net Neutrality Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 15, 2016 Contact Information for Media Only Discovery Institute 206-202-0401 x107 [email protected] Internet Investment and Innovation Threatened By Appellate Courts’ Net Neutrality Ruling WASHINGTON, DC – “Allowing the FCC to rule the Internet like a public utility under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act will do nothing but produce a broadband shortage,” said George Gilder, bestselling technology author and Discovery Institute senior fellow. “This just creates new incentives for broadband providers to divert investment into advertising and content platforms or other countries,” Gilder added. By a 2-1 vote the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has upheld the net neutrality rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015. Discovery Institute senior fellow Read More ›

Comcast’s Terabyte Experiment

Comcast is experimenting with a terabyte data plan in a dozen or so trial areas that will recover more of the cost of providing broadband service from the heaviest users. Meanwhile, federal regulators have announced that three other cable companies will not be permitted to charge usage-based prices nor impose data caps for seven years after their merger takes effect. These companies will be Read More ›

FBI’s iPhone Request Threatens Innovation

Frustrated by its unsuccessful attempt to access the contents of an iPhone 5c that was used by one of the San Bernardino shooting suspects in December, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has obtained a court order requiring Apple’s cooperation. Apple intends to fight it. Although the FBI insists this is an exceptional request, limited to a single iPhone, in fact Read More ›

FBI’s iPhone Request Threatens Innovation

Frustrated by its unsuccessful attempt to access the contents of an iPhone that was used by one of the San Bernardino shooting suspects in December, the FBI has obtained a court order requiring Apple’s cooperation. Although the FBI insists this is an exceptional request, limited to a single iPhone, in fact it has grave consequences for tech firms. Read DI Senior Fellow Hance Haney’s analysis at The Stream.

Discovery Institute Senior Fellows’ Message to Congress: Support Permanent Internet Tax Freedom

December 11, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hance Haney [email protected] 202-558-7083 George Gilder, Hance Haney and John Wohlstetter of the Discovery Institute’s Technology & Democracy Project urge Congress to pass the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 644). “The Internet Tax Freedom Act has prevented broadband Internet access services from being taxed like alcohol, tobacco and telecommunications since 1998. Had the Internet been taxed like telecom, it would have added 18% on average to the cost of a monthly subscription and slowed the growth of Internet services. “The time has come for Congress to extend this important consumer protection, which expires today. A tax on broadband would be regressive, inefficient and contrary to the goal of affordable broadband for all Read More ›

Eunuchnet

All hail Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington, well on her way to becoming the reigning queen of Network Neutrality, as her Huffington Post soars ever higher as part of the $4.4 billion Verizon buyout of AOL. The purchase represents an obvious response to the FCC move to enforce a “level playing field” on the Internet while ruling it as a public utility Read More ›

Why “Gold in the 21st Century”?

GilderDiscovery Sr. Fellow George F. Gilder delivered his monograph, Gold in the 21st Century, today at the Princeton Club in New York City. The book length paper was the product of the American Principles Project and represents a next step in George’s thinking on the issue of money as it changes in our time. His next book, Life After Google (working title), will incorporate his insights on gold into a discourse on fulfilling the Internet’s promise–and resolving its ailments. Read More ›

Transcript: After the Revolution: A Review of the Tech Boom, Bust, and Rebirth

After the Revolution: A Review of the Tech Boom, Bust, and Rebirth with George Gilder, Hance Haney and Matt McIlwain The Rainier Club – Seattle, WA, May 20, 2015 Sponsored by the Discovery Institute Event Transcript Eric Garcia, Vice President, Discovery Institute: …Our moderator for tonight’s event is Matt McIlwain, a partner with Madrona Venture Group. Matt and Madrona finds Read More ›

George Gilder: Obama’s FCC Puts Internet, American Innovation at Risk

George Gilder explains his opposition to the FCC ruling on net neutrality, arguing that taxing and regulating the internet like it was 1934 will surely stifle investment and innovation, and will turn bandwidth abundance into scarcity. Writes Gilder: “The Internet is a multifarious engine of real innovations, launching new and transitory monopolies with every new phase of its tumultuous growth. An unnecessary effort to suppress every monopoly would bring all this innovation to a halt.” Continue reading . . .