October 16, 2018
The Competitive Enterprise Institute views most market failure rationales for government intervention as wrong, overstated, or unproven (or all of the above). The Competitive Enterprise Institute views most market failure rationales for government intervention as wrong, overstated, or unproven (or all of the above). That belief is very difficult to test, however, because government has seized control of the relevant resources and blocks the market discovery process.
October 15, 2018
On September 30, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB-822, a set of regulations on Internet service providers that’s slated to go into effect at the beginning of 2019. Often referred to as a “net neutrality” bill, SB-822 aims to impose on Internet providers several sweeping mandates derived from a regulation issued by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015.
August 28, 2018
The Federal Trade Commission (born in 1914, fathered by Woodrow Wilson) is hosting a series of hearings and discussions on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century,” particularly as these are affected by emerging business models in the modern high-tech economy. We at the Competitive Enterprise Institute provided a brief filing and there will be more opportunities for the public to weigh in.
July 17, 2018
T-Mobile and Sprint—the third and fourth largest mobile carriers in the United States, respectively—are in the process of merging into a single company under the T-Mobile brand. Together, T-Mobile–Sprint would have roughly 127 million subscribers, meaning the merged firm would for the first time rival the nations’ two largest wireless companies, Verizon Wireless and AT&T, which have long led the pack among U.S. carriers.
July 8, 2018
Every time a major corporate merger is announced, pundits predictably warn of impending doom if regulators allow it to happen. Yet, pundits and regulators don’t know any better than you or I how a merger will turn out. And unlike investors and entrepreneurs, they don’t have their own money at stake, so they don’t have any incentive to innovate or react to changing conditions.
June 13, 2018
Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a new video on Internet sales taxes in which Center for Technology and Innovation Associate Director Jessica Melugin explains why Congress needs to keep Internet sales taxes off the backs of small business owners online.
June 11, 2018
Today is the first day of the Internet operating under the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO), which was adopted last December but is only coming into force this week. RIFO repeals the previous regime of regulation, implemented under former FCC chairman and Obama appointee Tom Wheeler, which regulated Internet service providers unter Title II of the Communications Act of 1934—the rules for so-called net neutrality.
May 15, 2018
On Wednesday, May 16, the Senate is expected to vote on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval that purports to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom order. The order, approved by the FCC in December 2017, reversed the agency’s earlier decision in 2015 to regulate Internet service providers like public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act, a federal law originally enacted in 1934 to govern the old Ma Bell telephone...
May 11, 2018
Our friends at the Free State Foundation recently held their 10th Annual Telecom Policy Conference here in Washington, D.C., and the proceedings covered the most important issues facing consumers, regulators, and the industry. From net neutrality to 5G rollout to consumer privacy, FSF President Randy May and his guests provided smart analysis of where policymakers should be going and whether they’re headed in the right direction.
May 9, 2018
The debate over net neutrality is heating up again this week, as Democrats in the Senate attempt to overturn new rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last year. The Restoring Internet Freedom Order, issued in December 2017, returned federal Internet regulation to the standard that existed before the Obama-era FCC implemented flawed and unnecessary net neutrality regulations in 2015. We at CEI believe going back to the pre-Obama rules is by far the smartest move, and thus are opposing the effort to repeal the Restoring Internet Freedom Order.