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  • Potential Phase 4 COVID-19 Bill Must Not Turn Broadband Charity into a Tax

    March 31, 2020
    As the COVID-19 crisis ransacks our economy, the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” carries increasingly important wisdom. By any objective account, the American Internet and the companies that power it are performing nothing short of heroically during this crisis. Turning their temporary charitable efforts into an indefinite tax is the opposite of the reward they deserve.
  • Gingrich Praise of Huawei is Dangerously Misguided

    March 25, 2020
    After attempting to cover up the spread of the novel coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Communist Party is now engaged in a global propaganda campaign to improve its image and future economic position. Such behavior isn’t surprising from that regime. What is surprising is that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich seems to have fallen for it.
  • CEI Comments to FCC on Proposed Reallocation of 5.9 GHz Band

    March 9, 2020
    On March 9, CEI submitted comments to the FCC on its proposal to reallocate a portion of the 5.9 GHz band from Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to unlicensed Wi-Fi. In recent years, the growth of Wi-Fi devices has congested the unlicensed bands immediately adjacent to the 5.9 GHz ITS band, creating tension between the automotive and telecommunication industries.
  • Regulatory Hurdles Already Impeding Competition to Big Tech

    March 3, 2020
    Calls to regulate “big tech” firms continue to grow louder. Concerns range from the ability of these firms to influence the political landscape to allegations of anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions. Regardless of the specific gripe, the accompanying purported solutions almost universally involve more government regulation. However, these sentiments are just the latest versions of a problem that has plagued antitrust law since its inception: the relevant market fallacy.
  • Net Reality: Five Years Since the Open Internet Order

    February 26, 2020
    If you’re reading this, the Internet is alive and well. If you’re wondering how the Internet is doing, just picture a rocket—symbolizing both the incredible Internet speeds and new technological frontiers achievable through deregulation.
  • 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.
  • FCC Offers New, Promising Approach on TV White Spaces

    February 5, 2020
    Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a new proposal on the use of television white spaces, unallocated bands or allocated and unused bands of spectrum in certain, largely rural geographic areas, that are additionally suitable for providing wireless broadband Internet signals.
    So long as government, rather than markets, continues to control the allocation of spectrum in the United States, the more spectrum that can be made available for commercial use, the better.
  • Trump Administration Expected to Adopt Socialized Medicine Drug Pricing Control Scheme

    February 3, 2020
    Regardless of the outcome of the Iowa Caucuses on Monday night, the successive presidential campaigns of Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have dragged the Overton window far left on issues such as health care to the point that virtually every leading Democratic candidate now favors some form of Medicare for all. As a result, the general election in 2020 is shaping up to be a referendum on socialized medicine in America. 
  • USMCA Won't Protect Tech from Trudeau

    December 16, 2019
    A point of contention in the debate over the new U.S., Mexico, Canada (USMCA) trade agreement has been whether or not the final deal will include language inspired by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Despite opposition from some including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Section 230-type language will be included in the final agreement.

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