Net Neutrality News

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Net Neutrality News

Thank Goodness Apple's iPhone Violated 'Net Neutrality' in 2007

Thank Goodness Apple's iPhone Violated 'Net Neutrality' in 2007

      By Thomas Hazlett June 29, 2017 Ten years ago this week the Apple iPhone, described by Steve Jobs as a “revolutionary product” that “changes everything,” went on sale for the first time. A million flew off the shelves in just ten weeks and a decade later—with more than a billion sold worldwide—the iPhone has tr[...]
Thomas Hazlett: The Political Spectrum.  Interview on Radio Free Hillsdale

Thomas Hazlett: The Political Spectrum. Interview on Radio Free Hillsdale

    June 16, 2017 Listen to the interview here.[...]
The Internet’s First Amendment: The New Fight For Net Neutrality

The Internet’s First Amendment: The New Fight For Net Neutrality

      Wednesday, May 31 2017 • 10 a.m. (ET) Some call it “the First Amendment of the internet”: keep all data flowing free, and fast. The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the Obama-era rules need to change so business isn’t harmed. The net neutrality rules prevented internet service providers from favori[...]
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From FM to the Smartphone: The Evolution of Radio Media

May 10, 2017 in Radio, Technology Thomas Hazlett— The Age of Wireless has triggered excitement, disruption, and challenge. Debates rage on about the value of social media, how to deal with the threat of cyber hacking, and the regulation of emerging networks. But beneath it all lies a hardened policy structure that doles out radio spectrum [...]
Herbert Hoover's Radio Malware Turns 90

Herbert Hoover's Radio Malware Turns 90

The Radio Act of 1927 has enjoyed a nice, long life. It's past time for a retirement party. Thomas W. Hazlett | February 24, 2017 On February 23, 1927, Babe Ruth had still to hit 60 home runs in a season. Yet President Calvin Coolidge would that day sign a bill that would establish how radio spectrum—the "economic oxygen" of the emerging in[...]
Obama's misguided plan to connect schools to the Internet

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 08/23/16 09:27 AM EDT Even during times of political gridlock, connecting schools to the Internet has always received bipartisan support. Politicians ranging from Bill Clinton to Newt Gingrich h[...]
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The Battle Over Net Neutrality Started With the 1920s-Era 'Hush-A-Phone'

How an early telephone silencer took on AT&T. By Lauren Young via Atlas Obscura 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 lis[...]
Time for the Supremes to Decide 'Net Neutrality'

Time for the Supremes to Decide 'Net Neutrality'

Time 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 pr[...]
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Important decision on Net Neutrality

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has released its important decision on Net Neutrality rules adopted by the FCC.  The case, USTA v. FCC, features multiple citations to the academic work of Professor Thomas Hazlett.  See the June 14, 2016 opinion here.[...]
Hazlett in TIME: How to Neuter the Net Revolution

Hazlett in TIME: How to Neuter the Net Revolution

The Internet can't innovate living under the rules of a 1970s telephone company. “The Internet revolution has ended just as surprisingly as it began,” writes Professor Lawrence Lessig. “None expected the explosion of creativity that the network produced; few expected that explosion to collapse as quickly and profoundly as it has.”  This dirge ca[...]
Hazlett Participates in FCC's Open Internet Roundtable

Hazlett Participates in FCC's Open Internet Roundtable

MULTICHANNEL NEWS Wheeler: Net May Be at Regulatory Inflection Point Asks Whether 'Terminating Monopolies' Hold Key To Letting Startups Scale Up 10/02/2014 By John Eggerton FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has at least raised the possibility that the Internet economy is at an "inflection point" at which the government needs to step in to insure[...]
Hazlett Interviewed for Virginia Business Article on "Open Internet"

Hazlett Interviewed for Virginia Business Article on "Open Internet"

     Thomas Hazlett was interviewed by Virginia Business Magazine in an article by Richard Foster analyzing the Netflix/Comcast deal and the ramifications for the so called "open internet."  Critics have said the the deal will lead to an end to the era of open internet and will lead to higher costs for consumers as well as discrimination between [...]
IEP Senior Fellow Joshua Wright Confirmed as FTC Commissioner

IEP Senior Fellow Joshua Wright Confirmed as FTC Commissioner

Days ago the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Professor Joshua Wright, an Information Economy Project Senior Fellow, as commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. As reported at The Hill's Hillicon Valley and other news sources, Professor Wright's confirmation took place after the holidays on January 1 after a months-long vetting by the Senate[...]
Washington Examiner: The FCC and Its 'Net Neutrality' Debacle, Thomas Hazlett

Washington Examiner: The FCC and Its 'Net Neutrality' Debacle, Thomas Hazlett

Thomas Hazlett is professor of law and economics at George Mason University, and author of the Encounter Broadsides No. 23 "The Fallacy of Net Neutrality" (2011), from which this was adapted.  http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2011/11/fcc-and-its-net-neutrality-debacle/41388    [...]
[Amazon] Thomas Hazlett, "The Fallacy of Net Neutrality"

[Amazon] Thomas Hazlett, "The Fallacy of Net Neutrality"

Book Description Publication Date: November 1, 2011 | Series: Encounter Broadsides (Book 23). “There is little dispute that the Internet should continue as an open platform,” notes the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Yet, in a curious twist of logic, the agency has moved to discontinue the legal regime successfully yielding that magnificent[...]
C-SPAN Book TV: George Mason University Interviews, Thomas Hazlett, "The Fallacy of Net Neutrality" [Amazon]

C-SPAN Book TV: George Mason University Interviews, Thomas Hazlett, "The Fallacy of Net Neutrality" [Amazon]

“There is little dispute that the Internet should continue as an open platform,” notes the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Yet, in a curious twist of logic, the agency has moved to discontinue the legal regime successfully yielding that magnificent platform. In late 2010, it imposed “network neutrality” regulations on broadband access provi[...]
Wall Street Journal: Google's 'Monopoly' Hex, Joshua Wright and Geoffrey Manne noted for paper "If Search Neutrality is the Answer, What's the Question?"

Wall Street Journal: Google's 'Monopoly' Hex, Joshua Wright and Geoffrey Manne noted for paper "If Search Neutrality is the Answer, What's the Question?"

L. Gordon Crovitz: Unlike regulators, few in Silicon Valley see the giant as an unstoppable force. Regulators abhor a vacuum, so it is fitting that on this month's 10th anniversary of the antitrust judgment against Microsoft, the Federal Trade Commission alerted Google that it's now under investigation as a monopolist. Considering how much intense [...]
TR Daily: Industry Experts Take Aim at Commission on Net Neutrality, Auctions, USF, Media Breakfast panel at the Hudson CEI

TR Daily: Industry Experts Take Aim at Commission on Net Neutrality, Auctions, USF, Media Breakfast panel at the Hudson CEI

Professor Thomas Hazlett joined several free market advocates at a roundtable sponsored by the Hudson Institutes Center for Economics on the Internet (CEI) to discuss the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) actions on network neutrality, incentive auctions, and universal service.The group recommended the FCC follow a path that allows more cho[...]
GMU Law: Hazlett Comments on FCC Net Neutrality Proposal

GMU Law: Hazlett Comments on FCC Net Neutrality Proposal

Commenting in Investor's Business Daily, Professor Thomas Hazlett says Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski's new proposal for net neutrality rules is a carefully crafted proposal that maintains the FCC's authority over Internet regulation while offering measures to gain support from ISPs.  http://www.law.gmu.edu/news[...]
Investor's Business Daily: FCC Floats A Net Neutrality Compromise

Investor's Business Daily: FCC Floats A Net Neutrality Compromise

Reinhardt Krause, Hazlett Comments on FCC Net Neutrality Proposal. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Wednesday proposed new "net neutrality" rules that won initial support from Internet service providers such as Comcast and AT&T but will still face staunch Republican opposition in Congress. Beset by legal and poli[...]