April 18, 2018
Yesterday, members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Internet prioritization. Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) opened by stating that the Internet is based on prioritization and that prioritizing some content over others is already a crucial tool for network management—analogous to ambulances being granted priority over passenger cars on roadways.
April 17, 2018
The British House of Lords recently published a report on artificial intelligence, which includes policy recommendations that would hamper the development of AI domestically and antagonize foreign innovators. Parliament would do better to focus on removing the barriers currently in place, rather than developing new ones.
April 11, 2018
Facebook is not a tool designed to violate privacy nor fan the flames of hate, but it and other social media platforms have been some of the most transformative innovations in recent memory. Neglect of the benefits that Facebook has conferred may lead to the “danger that Congress will rush in and over-regulate” as mentioned by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) yesterday.
April 9, 2018
Much of the political class in Washington, D.C. is currently holding its breath for the big event of the week: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s long-awaited Capitol Hill testimony, starting tomorrow morning before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees and continuing the next day before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
March 26, 2018
Anti-technology hysteria continues to build in the European Union. Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition, confirmed today that she is still considering breaking up Google into smaller companies, ostensibly to protect online competition. This follows the Commission’s proposals for “Fair Taxation of the Digital Economy” that appeared on March 21st, which seek to redefine where profits for digital companies are registered and subject to corporate taxation, as well as introducing a new “interim tax” on revenues to generate more money for the Commission’s coffers.
March 16, 2018
Congratulations are in order to our friends at Students for Liberty and their CEO Wolf von Laer on a successfully annual conference recently held here in Washington, D.C., LibertyCon 2018. In addition to the many great speakers and panels crammed into only a couple of days, SFL also recognized some of their most impressive members from around the world with awards.
March 8, 2018
Republicans on Capitol Hill are looking to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with their recently introduced net neutrality legislation, Sen. John Kennedy’s (R-LA) Open Internet Preservation Act, a companion to last year’s bill by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
January 25, 2018
Passing a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the Restoring Internet Freedom Order would be as bad an idea as net neutrality regulations themselves were.
December 27, 2017
Internet Sales Tax
In January, the Supreme Court will announce whether it will hear South Dakota v Wayfare Inc., a challenge to North Dakota v. Quill Corp., the opinion that currently limits states from reaching across their border to collect sales tax from remote businesses.
Parallel to these likely court...
December 14, 2017
The Walt Disney Company has come to an agreement to buy most of 21st Century Fox’s assets for $52.4 billion, but before the deal goes through, it will face scrutiny from antitrust regulators. The Department of Justice (DOJ), under the Trump administration, made the surprising and misguided decision last month to sue to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, so it’s hard to predict how DOJ will react to the Disney-Fox deal. Given that the deal will increase competition in online streaming and might encourage Hollywood to keep taking risks on big-budget films, the government should let the transaction go through.
Although Disney and Fox...