Tech at Night: Broadcasters are some of the worst rent seekers in DC. USPS picking winners and losers.
The longer you look at regulatory policy in this country, the more you run into special interests looking out for their own personal payoffs. But seriously, I feel like terrestrial broadcasters are the worst of all when it comes to acting entitled. Waah waah we’re big fat socialists and we don’t want to have to pay the people who made the stuff we’re broadcasting. Meanwhile, Waah waah we want to restrict competition amongst ourselves to retransmit our broadcasts on cable.
Virtually every company, every industry I write about in this space goes around lobbying in DC for some advantage. But nobody gets so many special protections and is so rabid in protecting them at any cost, as terrestrial broadcasters. At some point, small government folks are going to have to smash this racket.
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Hold off on Privatizing US Postal Service
This week, Britain announced that it would soon be privatizing its postal service, the Royal Mail. Estimated to be worth nearly three billion pounds ($4.8 billion dollars), the Royal Mail will begin selling shares of stock to potential investors sometime in the next few weeks. While it remains to be seen whether or not this is a smart move for Britain, the United States should think twice | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Going Berserk in Berkeley Taxing Email
Okay, so it hasn’t actually happened…yet. But, seriously, a city councilman in Berkeley, CA (who also happens to be a retired nuclear scientist and futurist??… whatever that is) — Gordon Wozniak — is actually proposing an email tax. An email tax! But wait until you hear what prompted the councilman to suggest such a desperate measure. It seems the waning fortunes of the United States | Read More »
Ending checks in Saturday mail hurts economy
The only business that President Obama insists make a profit is not a business. The Post Office is a constitutional department meant to unify the nation and empower the overall economy. The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week, an apparent end-run around an unaccommodating Congress: The service expects the Saturday mail cutback | Read More »
Tech at Night: WiFi relief for big conferences on the way. Tech lobbying arms race continues.
For once I have some good news from FCC. The FCC is going to find some more spectrum to allocate for WiFi as unlicensed use. The idea is that everyone knows large events tend to have serious WiFi problems and this could help fix that.
Meanwhile, the tech lobbying arms race continues to grow. Facebook his growing its policy arm and Pandora is going to go all-out for the IRFA pro-Pandora regulation bill.
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Sherrod Brown’s Big Idea: USPS as Bankrupt Coffee Shop
Cross-posted from Breitbart.com. This spring The Columbus Dispatch reported on a story playing out across the country, as the U.S. Postal Service began announcing plans for long-overdue closures and consolidation. USPS lost $3.3 billion in the last quarter of 2011 alone, but to this day Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and other leftists in Congress continue to demagogue reform. In December 2011 USPS agreed to delay restructuring until | Read More »
Treason, states rights and patriotic post office unity
Conservative fealty to the U.S. Constitution in the Age of ObamaDems’ Great Depression II and the Race for 2012 The occasion of America’s first great depression saw the exponential growth of a heretofore limited central government that was thought to have been a key ingredient of the 1789 Miracle at Philadelphia that had made our country exceptional. The post-WWII military retrenchment remained unrecognizably large by pre-Hoover | Read More »
Closing Post Offices
Anyone who has been to the post office recently and who has been forced to stand in line for some sort of product or service has most likely experience the maddeningly slow and inefficient customer service. As someone who has lived all over the U.S. (in big cities and small towns) I can tell you my experiences are not isolated incidents. While the staff behind the counter may be friendly enough, they simply are not in a hurry to to anything. After all why should they? They are union members being paid a government salary with some of the best healthcare and retirement benefits in public service. They get paid whether the line stretches out the door or whether there are no customers at all.
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Will Internet Regulation rescue the USPS?
The United States Postal Service is expected to run out of money in 2011. From 2007 to 2010, the USPS lost $20 billion in revenue. Now, the organization is approaching its congressionally imposed total debt ceiling of $15 billion. Our new congress should be hesitant to increase this. Recently, the Postal Regulatory Commission denied a postage rate increase. Increasing rates with further depress volumes, presenting | Read More »
Postmaster General Stepping Down
By Tad DeHaven Postmaster General John Potter has announced that he is stepping down. The Washington Post speculates on the reason for Potter’s departure: It is not immediately clear why Potter decided to step down, though USPS staffers and others in the postal community — a wide fraternity including the shipping industry, labor unions and large retailers — signaled recently that he was likely to | Read More »
USPS at risk at not making payroll?
Back last month, House Minority Leader John Boehner made the following comment about government-run health care options: “Listen, if you like going to the DMV and you think they do a great job, or you like going to the post office and think it’s the most efficient thing you’ve run into, then you’ll love the government-run health care system that they’re proposing because that’s basically | Read More »