FCC Micromanagement Could "Blow Up" Planned Spectrum Auction
Does the federal government have too little on its plate these days, or too much? The American public is unequivocal on that question, with a record 60% telling Gallup that bureaucrats are wielding too much power. Only 7% say "too little."
Despite that ugly reality, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks to increase its level of micromanagement over our telecommunications market. The auction of spectrum from television stations to wireless carriers is obviously long overdue, and ideally would improve service quality and speed within that growing market. Unfortunately, the FCC intends to limit participation in bidding on highly valuable low-frequency airwaves by excluding the largest and most successful carriers in many markets. As Bret Swanson observes at TechPolicyDaily…[more]
When it comes to conservative bon mots, former President Gerald Ford isn’t usually thought of as one of the more quotable figures on the right.
He is responsible, however, for one aphorism that is uniquely relevant to today’s era of the expanding, unresponsive state: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
Ford was right, of course. There is no such thing as a purely benevolent expansion of government. Even in the rare cases where the state grows larger in order to perform some necessary…
"Justice Sotomayor argues explicitly that Michigan’s voters would have been within their rights to, for example, lobby university authorities to adopt race-neutral admissions standards but that by adopting a constitutional amendment insisting on race neutrality, thereby transferring the decision from the education bureaucrats to the people themselves and their constitution, they 'changed the…[more]