CEI Weekly: CEI Defends Internet Freedom

>>CEI Fights Government Campaign to Regulate the Internet

Bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission want to impose new rules on Internet providers, opening the door to greater government regulation of the Internet. To counter this serious threat, CEI has joined with several other free market groups to ask Congress to step in and defend Internet freedom. This week, CEI's Ryan Radia spoke alongside leading activist group presidents and a member of Congress at a Capitol Hill press conference. Radia called on Congress to enact a new Communications Act for the 21st century -- a comprehensive deregulatory agenda aimed at unleashing competition, innovation, and choice. Watch the news conference here (CEI remarks begin at 20:18).

>>Crews to FCC: First Amendment Doesn't Need A Bailout

Wayne Crews, CEI Vice President for Policy, filed comments (PDF) with the FCC on May 7 in the agency's "Future of Media" proceeding. Crews argued that the FCC's duty is to expand communications liberty, not further subjugate private media to government control. The only prerequisite for free speech, Crews argued, is freedom. Crews summarized his FCC filing in an op-ed last Wednesday in the Washington Times.

>>Shaping the Debate  

Does the Climate Bill Have a Chance?

Myron Ebell's commentary in the New York Times' Room for Debate
The chance that the Senate will pass a comprehensive energy-rationing (a k a climate) bill this year remains close to zero. BP’s big oil spill in the Gulf changes very little. The global warming movement peaked last June 26 when the House passed the Waxman-Markey bill. When members went home for the Fourth of July, many who voted for it discovered that their constituents were angry and mobilized. Seeing the public reaction, the Senator majority leader, Harry Reid, dropped plans to move a cap-and-trade bill before the August recess and turned to health care reform. It’s been all downhill since then. The Kerry-Boxer bill, which is very similar to Waxman-Markey, passed the Environment and Public Works Committee last fall, but it was clear that it couldn’t get 51 votes, let alone 60, on the floor. That’s when Senator Kerry began working on a “middle-of-the-road” package with Senators Graham Lieberman.  

Dodd’s Bank Bill: Worse Than ObamaCare. It’s the Nationalization, Stupid!

John Berlau's op-ed in Biggovernment.com

Schumer’s Hypocritical Assault on Facebook

Ryan Radia's op-ed on Townhall.com

The FCC's "Third Way," Will it Work?

Ryan Radia's citation in CBSNews.com

FCC Offers Regulation Lite for Broadband Providers, Pleasing Few

Wayne Crews' citation in Wired.com

>>Best of the Blogs

Risky Alternatives for Online Gamblers Post-UIGEA 

by Michelle Minton

Lindsey Graham: “It’s not a Global Warming Bill to me.”

by Marlo Lewis

>>LibertyWeek Podcast

Episode 92: FCC Power Grab

Richard Morrison and Marc Scribner team up with William Yeatman, Ryan Radia and Iain Murray to bring you episode 92. We take on the prospects for cap-and-trade climate legislation, the FCC’s broadband power grab, tales from a hung parliament and an exciting new job opportunity in Venezuela. 

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