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Block Chain Future and the FCC Local Media Rule-Making

The Bill Walton Show: Episode 15 — Bill gets a briefing from George Gilder, who predicted the smart phone and a whole lot more… back in the 1980’s. Hance Haney also joins the conversation to discuss his work lobbying the FCC. Transcript I’m here today with George Gilder, my friend, and founder of Discovery Institute. George is the author of Read More ›

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Title II is the wrong fit for broadband

My Discovery Institute colleague George Gilder and I issued the following statement in support of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s vision for smart Internet regulation: Chairman Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to return the classification of broadband service from a Title II telecommunications service to a Title I information service, noting that capital expenditures by the the Read More ›

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 info@discovery.org 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 ›

Net neutrality: Obama’s FCC puts Internet, American innovation at risk

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its disastrous new network neutrality rules earlier this month, officially signaling to the world that the U.S. will adopt a policy destined to stifle technological advancement and put network investment into neutral.  By heeding President Obama’s call to make the Internet a government-regulated public utility, the FCC has adopted a system equipped to regulate Read More ›

Why Net Neutrality Regulation is a Bad Idea

Writing at The Stream, Hance Haney, Director and Senior Fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project, gives his analysis of this week’s FCC ruling on net neutrality. Read his explanation of why FCC net neutrality regulation is a bad idea.

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FCC Threatens Investment and Innovation with Net Neutrality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Information for Media OnlyDiscovery Institute202-558-7085info@discovery.org Washington, DC – “Today’s party-line vote by the Federal Communications Commission to reverse three decades of bipartisan communications policy threatens to jeopardize investment and innovation in the network by opening the door to the possibility of pervasive regulation,” said Hance Haney the Director and Senior Fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project Read More ›

More bandwidth solves concerns

Net neutrality is simply a policy that forbids privately owned broadband networks from discriminating in how they provide transmission for producers of any legal content. We’ve had a successful de facto net neutrality policy in place for the better part of 20 years. So what’s all the fuss? Some believe the policy should be expanded, with the Federal Communications Commission Read More ›

FCC Bends the Rules in Pursuit of Ideological Preference

Mobile phone service has become a key battleground in the new progressive era in which we live. A small minority of political activists claim to be worried that cell phones could become a consumer rip-off without government intervention. They are pressuring the Federal Communications Commission to torpedo a merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. Responding to this political pressure, the FCC Read More ›

FCC Should Focus on Spurring Investment, Not More Regulation

An open Internet where broadband providers do not block access to websites or discriminate between content or applications isn’t a vision. It’s a description of the unregulated Internet we already enjoy today. Those in Washington, D.C., who want to change it could stymie it instead and damage the economy. The movement to shield innovative, computer-enhanced communications services from stifling legacy Read More ›

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Strangling Deregulation

Before the Federal Communications CommissionWashington, D.C. 20554 In the Matter of Petition To Establish ProceduralRequirements To Govern Proceedings forForbearance Under Section 10 of theCommunications Act of 1934, as Amended   ))))) WC Docket No. 07-267 COMMENTS OF HANCE HANEYDIRECTOR & SENIOR FELLOW – TECHNOLOGY & DEMOCRACY PROJECTDISCOVERY INSTITUTE The Petition filed by Covad Communications Group, NuVox Communications, XO Communications, LLC, Cavalier Read More ›