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Video Double Standard: Pay-TV Is Winning the War to Rig FCC Competition Rules

Posted by | Regulatory State, Uncategorized, Video | One Comment

So why is the FCC proposing to restrict joint marketing agreements among Free-TV distributors in local markets when virtually the entire Pay-TV industry is jointly marketing all of their advertising spots nationwide?

Most conservatives and many prominent thinkers on the left agree that the Communications Act should be updated based on the insight provided by the wireless and Internet protocol revolutions. The fundamental problem with the current legislation is its disparate treatment of competitive communications services. A comprehensive legislative update offers an opportunity to adopt a technologically neutral, consumer focused approach to communications regulation that would maximize competition, investment and innovation.

Though the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must continue implementing the existing Act while Congress deliberates legislative changes, the agency should avoid creating new regulatory disparities on its own. Yet that is where the agency appears to be heading at its meeting next Monday. Read More

The Supreme Court Should Stay Lawlessness at the NLRB

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Today, Cablevision asked the Supreme Court to stay the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) pending trial against the company. The NLRB intends to try its complaint against Cablevision next week despite a Federal Court of Appeals decision holding that the NLRB currently has no legal authority to act.

The NLRB lacks authority to act because President Barack Obama appointed a majority of its members on January 4, 2012, during an intra-session break in the Senate’s ordinary business. The President asserted that this break was a “recess” pursuant to the Recess Appointments Clause of the Constitution, which empowers the President to make appointments during “the Recess” without Senate approval. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, holding that the Recess Clause applies only to a recess between Senate sessions: “The appointments structure would have been turned upside down if the President could make appointments any time the Senate so much as broke for lunch.” Read More

Conservatives Embrace Internet Freedom, Provide Vision for Internet Transformation

Posted by | Broadband Internet, Freedom of Speech, International, Uncategorized | No Comments

The Daily Caller posted language from the draft 2012 Republican Party Platform this morning indicating the platform includes Internet freedom. The platform indicates conservatives have embraced Internet freedom based on the removal of barriers to infrastructure investment and resistance to international governance. Within the next ten years, Internet connectivity will form the foundation of economic growth and social discourse at home and abroad. For the United States to lead the world in the 21st Century, it must lead the transformation from outdated, analog communications infrastructures to fully digital networks capable of supporting the ultra fast Internet services of the future. Conservatives recognize the importance of the Internet to American leadership and that the nation’s success depends on the adoption of a visionary approach to communications policy.

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Will the Republican Platform Address Internet Freedom?

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“Focusing government on encouraging Internet investment, rather than discouraging it, would allow Americans to get back to work, put our economy on the road to a strong recovery, and preserve our global competitiveness.”

Yesterday POLITICO Pro said both political parties are on the verge of declaring support for some version of Internet freedom in their 2012 platforms. The Democratic platform contained a lengthy statement in 2008, but according to Politico, its 2012 platform will consist of a simple sentence about protecting the open Internet. Politico also noted that, though Republicans hardly mentioned the Internet in 2008, they are expected to consider several Internet proposals during their platform meeting early next week. Will the new Republican platform address Internet freedom? If so, what is the platform likely to say?

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