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March 6, 2009

We Told You So! Continue to Say "No" to Municipal Broadband Networks


The history of municipal broadband projects, especially municipal wireless programs, is a history of hubris, mismanagement and failure. Such projects have been plagued by (among other things) underestimates of costs and overestimates of subscriber take up. As federal officials consider disbursing billions of taxpayer dollars to extend broadband coverage to unserved and underserved areas, they should be wary of funding municipal broadband programs.

November 11, 2008

A New Vision for Entitlements


Simply trying to cut promised entitlement benefits is not a promising reform strategy. The solution lies in fundamental structural reforms to create new safety net programs that would be far more effective in achieving social goals, with only a fraction of the spending of current programs. This is the key to making entitlement reforms politically feasible.

September 30, 2008

A Two-Pronged Approach to Insurance Regulation Reform


Rather than stifling regulatory competition by centralizing regulation, insurance companies should be allowed to choose between an optional federal charter and mutual recognition among state regulators. Such expansion would create a 21st century regulatory system in which they can be globally competitive and better serve the American consumer.

September 24, 2008

Should the U.S. Favor a Free Nationwide Wireless Network Provider?


FCC and legislative proposals to reserve a segment of spectrum for a content-filtered national wireless broadband provider would deprive many more entrepreneur-driven wireless services, small and large, of spectrum and capital. The risky business plan means a politically favored broadband provider looking for special treatment or bailouts in years to come.

April 3, 2008

Still "Bad": A Critique of the Latest Attempt to Gut the DMCA


Congressman Rick Boucher’s latest proposal to make significant changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) would make substantial and unwise changes to U.S. copyright law based on nonexistent problems, and would put the United States in violation of our trade treaties, all in order to relieve copyright infringers of legal liability. It’s still a bad idea.

February 18, 2008

Trapped In Amber: Bringing Insurance Regulation Into the 21st Century


The entire edifice of insurance regulation by state governments is a leftover from the New Deal. Since World War II, in virtually every industry other than insurance, this type of regulatory control has been replaced by more realistic, market-based mechanisms. The recent attempts by the State of Florida to regulate insurance prices demonstrate the compelling need to modernize today’s dysfunctional state insurance regulatory system.

December 20, 2007

Principles and Suggestions for the Review of Insurance Regulation


The problems of insurance industry regulation merit the review currently underway at the Treasury Department. The review should concentrate on identifying the most critical problems these industries face as a consequence of government action (or inaction), and target a few discrete initiatives, such as regulatory competition, that should set the political process on a straight road to reducing those problems.

June 15, 2007

Welfare and the "Road to Serfdom"


Designed to recover welfare costs from parents who abandon their children, child support has expanded to include middle-class divorced families for which it was never intended. Through this abuse of power, taxpayers subsidize both fatherlessness and state government operations.

April 26, 2007

Mountains Out of Molehills: How Believing the Worst Makes Technologists Ineffective, And What They Can Do About It


Technologists, and particularly computer programmers, seem to fixate on unlikely scenarios while giving only lip service to the massive copyright infringement now happening. When they do look at problems, they dismiss technical solutions because they are not perfect. And they ignore how laws can support or work alongside technology, because law is unfamiliar to them. By putting problems in perspective, technologists can be particularly effective in finding approaches to the real problems in today’s digital world.

April 11, 2007

What's "Fair"? Why Those Concerned About Copyright Fair Use Need to Say What They Mean


While many people in the copyright debate talk about "fair use," they seldom say which uses are of concern. But without specifics, it is hard to provide balanced exceptions to copyright protection. Congress should codify "fair use of necessity" and many instances of "economic fair use" so that people will know what is allowed, while reserving fair use primarily for the "transformative" or "productive" uses that reflect the
goal of copyright.

 

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