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1 California Attempts Unconstitutional, Unwise "Net Neutrality" Reboot

For years and even decades now, California has provided the rest of the nation an abject tutorial in how not to govern.  Once idealized as the Golden State, California's descent into leftism has rendered it more a dystopia than a destination.  Its situation has deteriorated so profoundly that it's literally difficult for residents to rent…

2 Google's Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Whoever at Google selected "Don't Be Evil" as its former corporate motto obviously possessed a most profound sense of ironic humor.  Perhaps no company rivals Google in terms of malign influence over U.S. public policy, consigning "Don't Be Evil" to the realm of ridiculous rather than descriptive.  This week, with President…

3 A Strategic Opening for Centrist Republicans on "Net Neutrality"

Amid a toxic political climate fraught with controversy and warring factions, centrist Republicans in Congress facing election across the country increasingly worry about being defined by positions they must take on today’s most divisive issues. That’s particularly true where swing voters in their districts believe that Congress is accomplishing…

4 FCC Reinstates Pre-2015 Internet Regulatory Regime, Jimmy Kimmel Hardest Hit

In 2015, the Obama Administration's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided in its wisdom that the internet was somehow broken.  In order to "fix" it, the Obama FCC determined that what internet service suddenly required was greater regulation as a "public utility" under a statutory provision enacted in the 1930s to…

5 A Layman's Guide to Bot Wars

Cyberwarfare. It's a term we hear more and more these days, but most of us don't really know what to make of it. Cyber meddling was thrust back into the news once again this February. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictments against 13 Russian nationals accused of attempting to manipulate public political opinion before and during the 2016 presidential…

6 Democrats Are Trying to Undo Important Internet Regulatory Reform

This article was originally published by The Daily Caller on February 27, 2018. Despite a lack of mainstream media attention, the bureaucratic disarray in Washington, D.C has created meaningful reforms. That is particularly true at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an agency that moved in a deliberate and transparent manner to restore regulatory…

7 Google: "Do As We Say, Not As We Do"

In recent months, dominant internet platforms like Google, Twitter and Facebook have experienced an identity crisis.  On one hand, they falsely allege in the "net neutrality" debate that internet service providers will begin controlling what people can view online, unless the federal government regulates the internet like a public utility…

8 Remarks of Chairman Ajit Pai on Restoring Internet Freedom, ANNOTATED

On November 28, 2017, Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") Chairman Ajit Pai delivered remarks on the Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding at an event hosted in Washington, D.C., by R Street Institute and Lincoln Network. Below are Chairman Pai’s complete remarks, along with our own annotations commentating and/or elaborating…

9 CFIF Applauds Circulation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai today circulated an eagerly anticipated draft Restoring Internet Freedom order to his fellow commissioners, detailing a proposal to reverse the radical Title II regulatory framework imposed by the previous FCC toward the end of President Obama’s tenure.  In…

10 "Net Neutrality?" Twitter Hypocritically Censors Conservative Representative Marsha Blackburn

"Net Neutrality for me, but not for thee."  Apparently, that's the mantra of crony capitalist titans like Twitter, who ask the federal government to heavily regulate internet service as a "public utility" under laws enacted in the 1930s.  Never mind that internet service providers already practice net neutrality and…

11 Google's Liberal Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Suddenly, the scales appear to be falling from liberals' eyes regarding Google.  For years, Google employed the anodyne motto "Don't Be Evil," even as it ruthlessly leveraged its political power to bend government policy in its favor.  Of course, there's nothing inherently improper about Google or any other organization exercising…

12 FCC Moves to Restore Internet Freedom

When Donald Trump campaigned for president, his raison d'être was to "make America great again" and "drain the swamp."  There's no better place to start than the internet sector, which plays an increasingly central role in our lives and economy, and which was a primary target of Obama Administration overregulation and…

13 CFIF Mobilizes Americans Opposed to the Obama Administration’s Title II Internet Power Grab

Campaign connects concerned citizens with the FCC to urge abandonment of the regulatory overreach pushed by previous Commission   WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) is mobilizing concerned Americans across the country who are opposed to the Obama-era Title II regulations that gave the federal government sweeping…

14 Chairman Ajit Pai Is Draining the FCC Swamp

If you're wondering where the Washington, D.C., swamp is being drained as promised, look no further than the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and intrepid new Chairman Ajit Pai.  For eight long years, the Obama Administration circumvented our deliberative democratic process to impose laws via administrative fiat and his infamous "…

15 Congress Restores Regulatory Sanity to Online Privacy Law

From time immemorial, Congress has drawn citizens' wrath by habitually taking the easy or popular route instead of the right or courageous path.  So when Congress pursues the proper but politically riskier course, we should collectively take note and applaud it.  Last week provided such an occasion when Congress utilized the Congressional…

16 As 2017 Begins, Broadcasters Exploit Outdated Federal Law to Impose Blackouts on Pay TV Consumers

In so many ways, America begins 2017 on a very high note.  Since the election, stock markets have ascended to new record highs.  Gallup reports that Americans enter the new year with "higher confidence in the U.S. economy than they have expressed at any other point since 2008," and that U.S. investor optimism "rose further…

17 Obama Gives Away American Control of the Internet

In another blow to American global leadership, the Obama administration is abdicating control of the internet. Countries that loathe freedom will gain more influence over what you'll be able to find on the web. The U.S. started the internet and served as its guardian for many years, guaranteeing that virtually any person or group, no matter how controversial…

18 Captain America, Barack Obama and Surrender of U.S. Internet Authority

In the new blockbuster "Captain America: Civil War," which I highly recommend to anyone debating whether to see it, the Avengers team splits over whether to surrender themselves to United Nations authority.  After an Avengers operation to capture a terrorist in Lagos, Nigeria, results in collateral damage to innocent bystanders, the…

19 Set-Top Boxes: FCC Regulatory Hammer Targets Protruding U.S. Tech Sector Nail

According to that rueful Japanese proverb, "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down."  And so it is with the U.S. technology sector and federal regulators' efforts to target it.  More specifically, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has its sights set on the thriving video entertainment sector.  Ask yourself:&…

20 Doubling Down: Obama Advocates Government-Owned Broadband Service

Since even before his 2009 inauguration, Barack Obama has promised his extremist base to "fix" an Internet sector that the rest of America hardly considered broken.   We've said it before, but it bears repeating:  Perhaps no innovation in history has transformed human life so rapidly, so profoundly and so beneficially as Internet…

21 Obama to FCC: Let's Regulate the Internet

The Internet has done just fine over the past two decades without Barack Obama's oversight.  So naturally, amid his other post-election tantrums, he now wants to begin regulating Internet service like an old-fashioned utility.  That is not hyperbole.  This week, perhaps in a fit of vindictive defiance following his humiliating electoral…

22 Copyright: “First Sale” Doctrine Unsuitable for Digital Goods

This month, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet conducted an important hearing regarding what’s known as the “first sale” doctrine, with particular focus on its application in the current Internet era.  So what is the first sale doctrine, and why would extending its application…

23 “Net Neutrality” and “Title II”: A Brief Primer on Two Dangerous Ideas

In recent days, the terms “Net Neutrality” and “Title II” have interspersed our national news cycle.  Most of the discussion, however, has occurred at the level of tech policy experts and political leaders inside the Beltway, rather than among the general public.  As a result, even such undeniably learned opinion…

24 CBS – Time Warner Standoff Reemphasizes Need to Deregulate TV Marketplace

While CBS and Time Warner struggle to reach agreement over fees for carrying CBS’s programming, most Americans not impacted by the blackout view the standoff in the same way they view a Senate filibuster or professional athlete holdouts.  Namely, a distant source of annoyance, to the extent they pay any attention at all.  At the end…

25 A Tech Boom, If We Can Keep It

In a jarring and unexpected announcement this week, the federal government reported that the nation’s economy shrank in the latest quarter for the first time since the last recession.  Fortunately, as 2013 begins in earnest, one sector of our economy remains vibrant:  telecommunications and technology.  Just five years ago, for…

26 FCC to Expand Obama Phones into Internet Subsidy

When a Barack Obama supporter said the reason to reelect the President was because of a free cell phone program, she drew attention to an abusive waste of taxpayer money.  Unfortunately for the FCC, she also spotlighted its attempt to spend even more of other people’s money.  In response to a question on a video that went viral on…

27 Rare Consensus: 80% of Americans Oppose U.N. Internet Authority

Think about the Internet.  Think about the United Nations (UN).  Now imagine the Internet under greater UN authority. This week, a new Pew Research Center survey revealed that partisan polarization in America has reached a record high.  Accordingly, when 80% of Americans manage to unite in rare concordance against a proposal, that…

28 Rogue Website Legislation: Google Says, “Don’t Be Evil… Unless It Helps Google”

As contemporary examples of malignant irony go, it’s difficult to top Google.  Recall Google’s ostensible corporate motto:  “Don’t be evil.”  According to Google itself, that extends beyond mere customer interaction:  “’Don’t be evil.’  Googlers generally apply those words…

29 Myth Versus Fact: Debunking Dishonest and Inaccurate Claims Against Congressional Legislation to Stop Online Piracy

Here’s something on which reasonable people agree:  Internet piracy by foreign rogue websites constitutes a malignant, persistent and costly menace to America’s economy and intellectual property (IP).  Sadly, however, opponents of Congressional legislation to address that menace have waged a campaign extensively contaminated…

30 Congress Considering America’s Version of Egypt’s Internet 'Kill Switch'

With the Egyptian government repeatedly jamming its citizens’ access to the Internet during the country’s ongoing protests, one bill making its way through the U.S. Congress is getting heightened scrutiny.  Originally titled the “Cyberspace as a National Security Asset Act of 2010,” the bill has been dubbed by critics as…

 
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"December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese…[more]
 
 
—President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, in an Address to Congress Asking That a State of War Be Declared Between the United States and Japan
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