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[ | 21 Mar 2011 | Comments Off on More on Regulatory Analysis | ]
More on Regulatory Analysis

The FCC & Regulatory Analysis (March 1) reviewed the 45-year history of Executive Office regulatory analysis requirements and their nonapplicability to the FCC.
Today, at the AEI’s Enterprise Blog, I explain why Regulatory Agencies Cannot Be Controlled by Requirements of Interior Rationality, and suggest that 45 years of issuing the same basic Executive Order over and over is enough.
The real problem is the basic governmental reality that agencies are created primarily to serve the interests of particular constituencies, and exist for the purpose of helping the favored group obtain benefits by …

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[ | 26 Jan 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Thoughts on Presidents Call for High Speed Internet

In last nights State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama called on America to rebuild to win the future. Part of the rebuilding America effort that the President mentioned was High Speed Internet. Some thoughts…

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[ | 5 Jan 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
The “Netflix Button” Violates “Net Neutrality”

The newly announced “Netflix Button” violates the spirit, and possibly the letter of the new “net neutrality” rules established by the FCC. At the very least, those who have lobbied so hard for “net neutrality,” should be up in arms about the dominant streaming video service’s plans to preempt a “fast lane” into consumer’s homes by paying for priority. We’ll see.

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[ | 29 Oct 2010 | One Comment | ]
Tea Party Tech Policy

At The American, my one-time PFF colleague Garland McCoy and I ruminate on Tea Party Tech Policy.
The question that sets the piece in motion:
In the iconic ending of the 1972 film The Candidate, Robert Redford, just victorious in his Senate race, turns to his staff and asks, “What do we do now?”  If the polls tell us true, a lot of new members of Congress and their staffs-in-waiting are going to ask this question late on November 2.
From there, we go on, first, to consider the filters that should …

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[ | 25 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Collective Blindness to Collective Action

A political piece last week in AEI’s American addressed the recent controversy over political endorsements by the VFW – PAC.
The article had a broader point relevant to the ambit of Digital Society, which is that many current problems in public policy involve issues of the type known as collective action problems…

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[ | 24 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
The Beginning of the End of “Net Neutrality”

There’s an old saying that you never know how deep a puddle is until you step in it. Well, the lobbying groups favoring “net neutrality” regulations stepped in a puddle last week, and they’re going to have trouble coming up for air. The “puddle” was deciding to include the “retransmission consent” battle going on between Cablevision and Fox in the “net neutrality” rhetoric. The classic “just hold your nose and jump” line came from Public Knowledge, when they opined that Fox’s blocking of online access to their programs on Cablevision’s broadband connection was one of the “the grossest violations of the open Internet committed by a U.S. company.”

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[ | 9 Oct 2010 | One Comment | ]
The Special Interest State

From Glenn Reynolds uberblog Instapundit this morning:
AS WE MOVE TOWARD NOVEMBER’S ELECTIONS, a reader reminds me of this piece by James DeLong from last year. “The Special Interest State that has shaped American life for 70 years is dying. What comes next is uncertain, but there are grounds for optimism.” Worth reading.
The piece is more directly political than most Digital Society material, but we certainly are concerned with special interests and their influence.
Thanks, Glenn.
Image from The American.