Book Review – “The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone”

For many, simply thinking of reading a century-long history covering the evolution of regulation of the electromagnetic spectrum would make their eyes glaze over. But Thomas Hazlett’s The Political Spectrum has turned that material into an interesting, informative, and powerful read, packed with important lessons and implications about markets, regulation, and public choice economics, illustrated with some eye-opening stories. In fact, his book provides one of the best-ever illustrations of what Ronald Reagan once called the nine scariest words in the English language: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

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The net neutrality farce: From the start, the concept has been based on a flawed foundation

by Thomas Hazlett, New York Daily News, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

For the sixth time in the last decade, U.S. rules on “network neutrality” are set to flip. The controversial policy — first imposed by the Federal Communications Commission under Bush 43, then struck down by federal courts, then re-imposed under President Obama, then overturned again, then imposed yet again — is now slated for demolition by Ajit Pai, the FCC head appointed by President Trump.

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