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]
Liberals, who spent the Bush years exalting themselves as the defenders of science and sweet reason, have a bit of a problem on their hands. These paragons of logic, who will supposedly go wherever the evidence takes them, are currently having their most fundamental beliefs in the proper role of government disproved in a nationwide experiment. The name of this experiment: federalism.
Under the terms of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, all powers not explicitly granted to the federal government are retained by either the states or the people. Now, granted, this principle – like virtually…
"Our problems from the ACA have only just begun. Excessive regulations for health insurance, such as fixing prices and profit margins while requiring bloated coverage that most people never wanted, and then minimizing the fundamental considerations of risk in pricing insurance, is a recipe for increasing premiums and reducing coverage choices. Major insurers all across the country are already declining…[more]
—Scott W. Atlas, MD, Hoover Institution David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow
— Scott W. Atlas, MD, Hoover Institution David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow