FCC MEDDLING IN TIME WARNER CABLE/CBS FEUD - RYAN RADIA
Real Clear Policy: The Feds Should Stay Out of the CBS Blackout
From Los Angeles to New York, 3 million Americans in eight U.S. cities haven't been able to watch CBS on cable for weeks, because of a business dispute between the network and Time Warner Cable (TWC). The two companies can't agree on how much TWC should pay to carry CBS, so the network has blacked out TWC subscribers since August 1. With the NFL season kicking off on September 8, the timing couldn't be worse for football fans.
Regulators at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) face growing pressure to force the feuding companies to reach an agreement. But despite viewers' frustrations with this standoff, government intervention isn't the answer. If bureaucrats begin "overseeing" disputes between network owners and video providers, television viewers will face higher prices or lower-quality shows. > Read more
UNCLE AL - MYRON EBELL Globalwarming.org: Gore Hijinks: Everyone’s Favorite Crazy Uncle Al Is On the Loose Again
Congress is in the middle of its August recess, so it was up to Al Gore to provide a little light relief in Washington this week. He didn’t disappoint. Once again Mr. Gore made it clear why he’s seldom let out of his box without adult supervision.> Read more
Net neutrality as a concept exists to prolong government control of a major modern productive sector. Market failure cannot be a problem in telecommunications and the Internet, since communications has been a comprehensively regulated industry almost since the outset. If anything, political Failure is the matter at hand.
This week’s economically significant rule comes from the Fish and Wildlife Service. It estimates that this year’s batch of migratory bird hunting regulations will produce a consumer surplus in the curiously precise range of $317.8 to $416.8 million.