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SOPA/PIPA Denied: "Strike" One Against Censorship of the Internet

“Censorship” is a term pertaining only to governmental action. No private action is censorship. No private individual or agency can silence a man or suppress a publication; only the government can do so. The freedom of speech of private individuals includes the right not to agree, not to listen and not to finance one’s own […]

Fairness Doctrine for the Internet? It Could Be Coming…

  Have you forgotten about Obama’s attempt to control the Internet — in Orwellian doublespeak known as “Net Neutrality”? Well, the Republican House of Representatives (to their credit) has not forgotten. Two days before Christmas, the FCC issued “net neutrality” rules on a partisan 3-2 vote that restrict how Internet service providers like Comcast and […]

Net Neutrality: Obamacare for the Internet

In case you haven’t heard, Obama’s FCC has passed new rules requiring private companies who provide Internet services to submit to control under the government. What will government’s rules be? Those are yet to be determined. But the government alone will decide what those rules are, how they are to be implemented, and to whom […]

Net Neutrality vs. Internet Freedom

America’s leading Internet service providers (ISPs) have spent many years and billions upgrading their transcontinental networks, which constitute the backbone of the Internet. Now they are eager to profit by offering new, compelling services. One plan is to give certain websites high priority on their data, so as to guarantee “quality of service”–the speed, frequency, […]

Anarchy on the Internet

The Internet provides vast amounts of information but it can also spread vast amounts of misinformation, or even deliberately misleading disinformation. For more than two weeks, scarcely a day has gone by without e-mails pouring in to me, asking about columns that someone has written and brazenly spread around the Internet with my name on […]

“Net Neutrality”: Destroyer of Internet Freedom

Advocates of “net neutrality” are apoplectic amid reports that ISP Comcast slowed down file-sharing programs on its network. The FCC is threatening action against Comcast, while advocates of a new net-neutrality law sponsored by Congressman Edward Markey are taking the occasion to claim such legislation is necessary to protect “Internet freedom.” But net neutrality is […]

Truly Disgusting: Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999

The House of Representatives voted 245 to 159 to pass the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999. Because of a rule requiring two-thirds approval, the measure didn’t pass. Its sponsor, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., plans to introduce it again when only a majority is needed for passage. If enacted, it would “Amend the Federal criminal code […]

Fallacy of Self-Exclusion

For several years now, Research In Motion (makers of the blackberry) and NTP have been embroiled in an intellectual property dispute wherein NTP claims that RIM is infringing some of its patents. As part of the dispute NTP was granted an injunction against RIM which would prevent RIM from operating in the US unless it […]

UN Should Not Control the Internet

A cabal of countries, including Cuba, Syria, China and Iran–now backed by the European Union–is demanding that control of the Internet be surrendered to the United Nations. These and other thug-nations restrict their own citizens’ ability to receive and broadcast news and grievances from inside their blood-soaked walls. China, for instance, currently has many individuals […]

U.N. Plan for Internet Control Tiptoes Forward

The phantom of government-controlled Internet has raised its menacing head again, this time on the global level. “Even the definition of what we mean by Internet governance is a subject of debate. But the world has a common interest in ensuring the security and dependability of this new medium,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan, at the […]

Laissez-Faire VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)

A big reason the Internet has taken off is that government has kept out of the way. Hands-off is always the best policy for a new technology. It lets innovators innovate and investors avoid the extra risks of special taxes and rules. Consider aviation. Last month marked the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ Kitty […]

Ban Internet Taxes? The Taxman Clicketh

One of Feulner’s Laws of Public Policy reads: “There are no permanent victories in Washington.” These days, we’re seeing that law borne out over Internet taxation. This looked settled years ago. Congress has voted twice–in 1998 and 2001–to ban any taxes on Internet access. Those acts also prevented states from slapping any additional sales taxes […]

The Internet Tax Debate: Tax.con

April 15 is here and taxes are on everyone’s mind. It’s a tough time of year for those who get unexpected or hefty tax bills, and the situation could get worse if state legislators around the country win the ability to further tax Internet transactions. The Internet tax debate is slippery, filled with misperceptions, heated […]

Americans with Disabilities Act vs. The Internet

Common sense may seem in short supply in today’s litigation-happy world, but it got a boost recently from — of all places — Florida, where a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit claiming that Southwest Airlines’ Web site violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The decision is good news for the Internet, and for consumers, […]

The Day the Earth Stood Still

One million people were there that day. They were camped out in tents on the beaches, strewn along the banks of the Indian River, gathered along highways US 1 and AIA. Every motel and private residence overflowed with visitors who had come from every state in the Union and from every continent on the planet. […]

No Internet Taxes

Q. Says here a lot of governors are upset about Internet scofflaws not paying the taxes they owe. Who are these bums? A. Well, there’s Governor Leavitt of Utah, Governor Engler of Mich– Q. No, not the governors! I meant who are the bums who aren’t paying their taxes? A. You, for one. Q. *Me?* […]

Warning, Congress! Look Before You Leap Into Internet Privacy Thicket

House Majority Leader Richard Armey this week provided some sound advice to his colleagues intent on passing privacy restrictions for the Internet — Let’s look at government privacy practices first. Armey noted a litany of abuses by federal agencies, from the Internal Revenue Service’s failure to secure tax records to the Federal Trade Commission itself […]

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