Category Archives: Net Neutrality News

Obama’s misguided plan to connect schools to the Internet

My new research shows that more Internet access funding doesn’t help students. And almost all U.S. schools are already online.

By Thomas Hazlett

Even during times of political gridlock, connecting schools to the Internet has always received bipartisan support. Politicians ranging from Bill Clinton to Newt Gingrich have endorsed the concept, and the federal government has funneled billions of dollars annually to boost Internet access for students under a twenty-year-old policy called “E-Rate.”

The Battle Over Net Neutrality Started With the 1920s-Era ‘Hush-A-Phone’

How an early telephone silencer took on AT&T.

It’s not unusual today to overhear strangers’ intimate phone conversations while commuting to work on public transit, or when relaxing in a park. Wireless telephone devices also give us the luxury of seeking out a quiet space where no one can listen in on a private phone call, or taking calls on the move.

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Time for the Supremes to Decide ‘Net Neutrality’

rcm_logo_followTime for the Supremes to Decide ‘Net Neutrality’

By Thomas Hazlett & Joshua Wright

The FCC’s dramatic 2015 pivot on Internet regulation sought to envelope advanced broadband networks in the shroud of telephone company rules rolled out in the Mann Elkins Act of 1910. These historic common carriage “Title II” regulations – originally the province of the Interstate Commerce Commission, long ago antiquated and finally abolished in 1995 — were cited as exemplars by the Commission in last year’s Open Internet Order.