Putin joins the EU in declaring war on American data centers
Traditionally the US has been the world’s powerhouse for Internet data centers. We are the global hub of the Internet, and people put servers here. That’s been great for freedom on the Internet, since we don’t censor and strongarm like other countries do. Well, thanks to Edward Snowden’s propaganda, that’s changing. Russia is demanding that data be stored in Russia, where Putin can gain control, | Read More »
Mike O’Rielly looks for less government, even when it’s unpopular
Everyone who travels regularly knows the pain of trying to get good Internet in a hotel or event. Hotel wireless is an overpriced hassle that filters connections and throttles speeds. But with near-ubiquitous LTE these days, just using your own connection seems like the way to go. Hotels who liked selling that overpriced hassle decided to start blocking those connections, and FCC responded with fines. | Read More »
Why is the broadcast lobby palling around with Communists?
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is one of my least-favorite industry lobby groups. They claim to support issues like “Protecting the Rights of Journalists,” opposing “advertising restrictions,” and supporting a “competitive marketplace,” but in practice they’re purely a rent-seeking body, completely integrated with the regulatory-industrial complex. There’s no easier way to see this than looking at NAB’s plans to engage with broadcasters in Cuba. | Read More »
Gambling scandals like Daily Fantasy Sports need prosecution, not regulation
The Congress granted “fantasy sports” (betting on individual player outcomes, instead of team outcomes) an exemption to federal anti-gambling laws. The natural outcome of this was that fantasy sports gambling would be refined into a lively market, and that’s what we got the daily fantasy sports (DFS) world. We’ve now learned that one of the top DFS sites was breaking one of the cardinal rules | Read More »
Obama administration banning products for being made more appealing
The Obama administration wants you to think that they’re banning some products of R. J. Reynolds in the name of safety, however the truth is Obama’s FDA is banning these new cigarette brands because they might appeal better to smokers. Obama is banning the free market, by penalizing companies for making their products more appealing, in one of the craziest nanny state moves yet.
The Sharing Economy Revolution and Why it Frightens Regulators
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Erik Sofgee to discuss Uber’s plans for autonomous drivers, Michael Rosen on what Uber must do to rally support, Christopher Koopman talks about how regulators have responded to the sharing economy, and finally, Liya Palagashvili on Uber vs. Bill DeBlasio.
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Government created an environmental disaster in Colorado
Ronald Reagan once said “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” We’ve all heard it, but so many Republicans and conservatives even haven’t really gotten it. We talk about how “oh, small government is great, but we need SEC/FCC/EPA/whatever regulator.” Regulation is a failure. Colorado learned that the hard way last week when the EPA caused the catastrophic pollution of | Read More »
Europe’s Migrant Crisis
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by David Frum to talk about Europe’s migration crisis, then Jeffery Tucker stops by to tell us how Washington is ruining your dishwasher, and finally Chuck Lindell of the Austin American Statesman describes the criminal charges facing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
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Tech at Night: Clarence Thomas is right about regulation
As I sit here at nearly 1am, I fear I may be getting my second cold, 7 days from the previous one. I blame tourists. Clarence Thomas once wrote something very true about regulation, and the ever-growing power of unaccountable regulators: “We seem to be straying further and further from the Constitution without so much as pausing to ask why.” FCC, in what it’s been | Read More »
Tech at Night: Radio ga ga
No industry should ever get special privileges in this country. That’s picking winners and losers at a basic level. Radio gets a cutout, and it should be ended. Copyright is copyright. Just ask any freelancer what having your stuff given away for free, in exchange for ‘exposure,’ is really worth.
Comcast learns you can’t make deals with Extremists
After spending many months and many dollars campaigning for support for the deal, Comcast has given up on acquiring Time Warner Cable under pressure from the extreme left. Comcast just spent the whole Net Neutrality fight appeasing the left by supporting their plans, and now they get no loyalty in return. There’s a lesson here.
Tech at Night: Net Neutrality will hurt the poor
Who benefits the most from competition and innovation in Internet services? The people who have the most need to save money: the poor. Further they more than anyone have the need to use the Internet to save money and to seek opportunity. They need cheap Internet. And Net Neutrality will take it away from them.
Tech at Night: It’s time we restored rule of law to regulators like FTC
Previously at RedState we discussed how FTC is as out of control as FCC and we need a new breed of regulator to fix it. Well now it turns out FTC has the same transparency issues FCC has. FTC took secret testimony against Sysco in the US Foods situation. A Federal judge is now having to order them to release information. Unusual, except in the | Read More »
Tech at Night: Obama’s Internet regulation plan got everything wrong. Everything.
The Heritage Foundation is one of the most important components of the conservative movement. They’re a true Think Tank, bringing together many smart people to speak intelligently on many issues. And I agree with Jim DeMint’s predecessor at Heritage, Ed Fuelner, when he says Net Neutrality “needs to be eradicated, not embraced.
Tech at Night: Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet was worse than we thought
So Obama’s secret plan to regulate the Internet, the one that we weren’t allowed to see what was in it until it was passed, is finally out, and it’s anti-free speech, anti-innovation, and illegal. It was sold as one thing, but there’s a whole iceberg of problems beneath.