How Cable and Satellite TV Providers Are Using the Net Neutrality Playbook to Regulate Broadcast Television Content
Promoted from the diaries by Neil
The American Television Alliance (ATVA), a coalition comprised primarily of cable and satellite TV operators, is using the playbook of net neutrality proponents in a bid to convince the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate prices for broadcast television content. The goal of ATVA’s cable and satellite members is to increase their profit margins by convincing the government to artificially lower the cost of programming they resell to consumers. I suspect the goal of ATVA’s non-profit members, e.g., Public Knowledge and New America Foundation, is to solidify the FCC’s flawed rationale for adopting net neutrality rules in 2010, which imposed restrictions on market arrangements between Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Internet content providers without finding a market failure.
Many of ATVA’s cable members are also ISPs that have routinely argued against the imposition of net neutrality regulations in the market for Internet services. By supporting ATVA, these same companies appear to have abandoned the intellectual foundation for opposition to net neutrality. Are they now signaling their intent to embrace net neutrality regulation of the Internet?Read More »
The Good and Bad of Paul Ryan’s Budget Deal
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the budget deal brokered by Paul Ryan, why conservative groups are objecting to it and if this deal will endanger John Boehner’s Speakership.Read More »
Washington State #obamacare exchange raids enrollees’ bank accounts.
Heck of a job there, Governor Jay Inslee (Democrat). Heck of a job. Shot, December 10, 2013 (all bolding mine): Four of the states with their own exchanges – Connecticut, Kentucky, Rhode Island and Washington – have sites that have run especially smoothly, becoming models for states such as Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois and New Mexico that are planning to launch their own sites in 2014. | Read More »
Google Takes Cronyism To The Skies
If you want to see the federal government’s latest waste of your tax dollars, look up to the skies. You may see Google executives crisscrossing the country on corporate jets, powered by government-subsidized jet fuel intended for use by NASA and DoD aircraft–all while you’ve been paying $4.00 or more per gallon to fill your gas tank. The news broke on the same day President | Read More »
The Ryan Budget Fight is Partly Bill Clinton’s Republican Legacy
Everyone really should be able to admit it is the oddest and most nonsensical fight. The Ryan budget does raise taxes. It does fund Obamacare. It does break sequestration. And it does nothing to address the debt and deficit. It is a compromised can kicked down the road just to a further distance than normal. In doing so, though, it violates a lot of what | Read More »
Dyslexic Priorities in Budget Deal
We already know that Ryan-Murray budget bill raises taxes and spending to fund Obamacare and the TSA. Tonight we learn that this deal contains a provision which allows the Senate to pass tax increases with just 51 votes. But there is another problem with the bill that has been overlooked. The priorities implicit in the smorgasbord of notional spending offsets are completely dyslexic. Most of | Read More »
Tech at Night: ECPA reform continues to get support. Congressional fight coming over NSA?
While I don’t share the zeal some have for ECPA reform, to change the requirements to search emails on third party servers, I think the whole project is at worst harmless so long as FISA is preserved.
As much as a broad free trade area would be great, I begin to wonder whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been hijacked by special interests, and so must fail. I mean, this “threat to Internet freedom” stuff is likely overblown, but the treaty is likely being used to try to ram stuff through that could never pass as ordinary legislation.Read More »
Has Nihilism Finally Popped Pop Culture?
What do Pop Stars do these days to be original? They typically are far more cynical than original, so they do what worked for the last 100 years – Épater la bourgeoisie. Yet today; that totally isn’t working. People are less than fascinated when Miley Cyrus demonstrates her favorite bedroom positions on teddy bears. They could care less what Kanye West believes that George W. Bush thinks about Black People. That Kanye’s new sexual toy, Kim Khardashian is one biblical dragon-ride short of being The Harlot of Babylon is not of much interest to the average American.
So the pop-artist experiments, deconstructs and having hit bottom, longs for a sharper shovel. The music, film and filth cease to have any meaning at all. It becomes all Épater la bourgeoisie, all the time. Somewhere in their deluded, fame addicted brains, these people have to know that Johnnie Rotten and the Sex Pistols did it first and did it better.Read More »
VIDEO: Boehner’s 36 Hour Budget
John Boehner has made a lot of promises over the years about the type of Congress he would lead as Speaker. As is often the case in Washington, it seems that his actions aren’t lining up with his rhetoric. And so, here we are faced with a major budget vote and yet members of Congress are only being given 36 hours to read it, understand | Read More »
A Winning Issue: Abortion and Pascal’s Wager
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Many GOP candidates have elected to observe a “truce” on abortion where they are attacked by Planned Parenthood while refusing to respond in kind. There is evidence that the pro-life issue can be a winner for any candidate.
Protecting Email Privacy is First Step to Ending Unconstitutional Mass Surveillance
Promoted from the diaries by Neil
You’ve heard of the NSA’s numerous — and likely unconstitutional — mass surveillance programs, but they’re not the only way government is invading your digital privacy. There’s a law on the books that law enforcement agencies, from the IRS to the ATF, have used to justify reading American’s emails and other online communications without having to convince a judge to issue a warrant.
Ironically, the Electronics Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) was originally intended to protect our privacy against government snooping. But it was written in 1986, back when we were concerned about things like landline voice calls and floppy disks, not cloud storage and cell phone location data. “Email” was still a Compuserve trademark, a fringe service used by few. Because ECPA has never been updated to address modern technologies, law enforcement has exploited its loopholes to conduct warrantless searches of all sorts of digital information.Read More »
Congressional Democrats want to go party using YOUR tax money, and never MIND those sick kids!
Say what you like about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, but this is a carefully-designed stiletto. While the House ties up some legislative loose ends this week before adjourning for the year, there is one suspension bill the public — and House Republicans — might be surprised to find many Democrats opposing: a measure aimed at boosting pediatric medical research at the National Institutes of | Read More »
Paul Ryan Plays Us For Chumps
Paul Ryan has played us all for chumps. He’s coasted to a very conservative voting record by making meaningless votes to defund Obamacare all the while pushing the increased federal spending he professes to abhor.Read More »
Do We Still Live in the America Our Founders Created?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Myron Magnet to discuss his new book The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817, how the religious persecution of the pilgrims influenced our founders and if we still live in a land of the free.Read More »