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  • Amazon Documentary Shows How Consumers Benefit

    February 19, 2020
    PBS’s Frontline aired its documentary, “Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos,” last night. While the tone of the piece was markedly suspicious, it didn’t’ offer up any new information to indicate antitrust concerns against the online retailer have any merit.
  • So-Called Conservative Tech Proposal Is an Affront to the First Amendment

    February 18, 2020
    Several conservative groups have signaled their support for what some are calling a “small-government solution” to perceived anti-conservative bias by tech platforms. The solution that seems to be gaining traction is to tie Section 230 intermediary liability protection to a “First Amendment standard.” Essentially, so long as companies do not remove any content that is otherwise protected by the First Amendment they will continue to be protected from liability over third-party content. There are a number of glaring problems with this idea, not the least of which is the fact that it is antithetical to the First Amendment.
  • FCC to Vote on Crucial Spectrum Auction this Month

    February 18, 2020
    At the FCC open meeting on February 28, the commissioners will vote on a critical matter regarding a proposed public auction for what is known as the C-Band of wireless spectrum. This band of spectrum is currently allocated and underutilized by fixed satellite companies. While any underutilization of a finite yet critical resource such as wireless spectrum is problematic, the C-Band is ideally suited for fifth generation or “5G” wireless service. CEI has long supported efforts to make more efficient use of the C-Band.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    February 18, 2020
    Spring Training began for all 30 Major League Baseball teams, bringing joy across the nation. Meanwhile, agencies issued new final regulations ranging from grains ounce equivalence to inactive fishing boats.
  • House Republican Leaders Introduce Pointless, Costly, But Virtue-Signaling Climate Legislation

    February 15, 2020
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and several senior Republicans announced they were going to introduce four bills to address climate change. On the bright side, none of the bills includes a tax on carbon dioxide emissions or mandatory targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On the dark side, the four bills propose to waste a lot of taxpayer dollars and extend subsidies for commercially uncompetitive technologies.
  • A Partial Inventory of Federal Agency Guidance Documents Before Trump’s Official Compendium Comes Due

    February 14, 2020
    Reporting on "regulatory dark matter" is still falling short.
  • VIDEO: Assessing Frédéric Bastiat’s Legacy

    February 14, 2020
    A new a three-part video series from the American Institute for Economic Research on Frédéric Bastiat's life and legacy is an excellent introduction to the famous Frenchman’s thought.
  • Study Finds Strong Acceleration in Ocean Circulation

    February 14, 2020
    As part of its “Climate in Crisis” series, NBC News on February 11 reported the results of a new study on “the undersea conveyor belts that help regulate Earth’s climate and influence weather systems around the world.” To quote the headline: “Climate change models predicted ocean currents would speed up—but not this soon.” Yet, in the mid-2000s, many inferred planetary peril from an apparent slowdown in the North Atlantic conveyor belt.
  • New Poll Holds Some Surprises on Demographics and Politics in U.S.

    February 13, 2020
    Gallup has released a new poll about what kind of people Americans would be willing to support for president.
  • The Spectrum Case against AB5

    February 13, 2020
    California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) is intended to classify more independent contractors as formal employees. The goal is for workers to get higher wages and benefits, but thousands of workers are losing their jobs in other fields from journalism to entertainment to business consultants. Part of AB5’s problem is that it treats workers as either contractors or formal employees, but that is not an either/or question. The labor market is a wide-ranging spectrum, not a simple binary.

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