Net Neutrality

All of Your Internets Belong to Barack Obama Now

By on 11.10.14 | 3:11PM

The President has decided to heed the message voters gave to the Democratic Party last week and will now work with Republicans to implement a common-sense policy agenda that includes a reasonable approach to Internet bandwidth questions currently in front of the FCC.

Ha! No. After his outburst on immigration this morning - that he'll pass it by executive order if Congress doesn't pass it's own version before years end (which he'll probably veto anyway) - Barack Obama decided to announce, while in China of all places, that he intends to control your Internet, which is great news, if you're a fan of how the government typically runs, well, anything. Of course, the FCC, which is handling the policy, is an independent organization that the President cannot control unless he's hired his own Comcast lobbyist, but that seems to make absolutely no difference as far as he's concerned. 

Comcast Isn’t the Free-Market Choice in the Internet Wars

By on 6.25.14 | 10:59AM

Free-market types have been rallying behind Comcast and against Netflix for some time now. For the sake of context, the debate is over whether Comcast should be able to "throttle" access to Netflix across its Internet service. Netflix, hosting streaming video, absorbs an incredible amount of broadband Internet access that can ostensibly stress Comcast’s infrastructure. Those of a more conspiratorial bent cite Comcast’s desire to protect traditional television from the Internet upstart as the reason behind throttling Netflix.

The aforementioned free-marketers have been using some variation of the argument that Comcast can do whatever it wants with its wires. Or interconnected tubes. Or whatever infrastructure provides the Internet. Further, Comcast should be free to price its service in any way it desires assuming the market can bear those prices.

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Such a Thing as Free Press

By 7.1.10

A left-wing letter unravels a vast left-wing conspiracy.

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Taking Title to the Internet

By 2.22.10

Obama's net-neutering continues. Plus: Garbage diplomacy.

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Obama Bytes

By 9.21.09

The administration makes its move against Internet freedom. Plus: Hillary's Albany shuttle.