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Tuesday
Mar182014

ALG's Daily Grind - Obamacare and Obamaphones 

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March 17, 2014

Obamacare and Obamaphones
Obama urges Americans to set their priorities correctly and get rid of their cell phone and cable television so they can afford unaffordable Obamacare.

China surpasses U.S. in debt creation since 2008, but will it last?
Since 2007, total debt has increased $30 trillion to $100 trillion, according to the Bank for International Settlements. Half of that increase has occurred in China alone, with an increase in total bank assets by $15.4 trillion. Is it a bubble?

Politico: Internet transition triggers backlash
ALG reacts to Obama administration move to give Internet to the UN.

Cannon: On Halbig v. Sebelius, is the Obama IRS threatening to ignore a court order?
"Plaintiffs in Halbig v. Sebelius and three similar cases are challenging the IRS's attempt to issue certain subsidies and impose certain taxes where it has no authority to do so: in the 34 states that have chosen not to establish a health insurance "exchange" under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."

Tuesday
Apr092013

CEI - Tuesday debate on net neutrality!

NET NEUTRALITY
Tuesday, April 9
9:45AM - 11:15AM
Rayburn HOB

What's Next for Net Neutrality & the Internet?
A Discussion & Debate

The Barack Obama Administration’s Network Neutrality order awaits a late summer or early fall D.C. Circuit Court ruling on its legality.  The Court in December may have telegraphed its Net Neutrality thoughts with its decision to uphold the Administration’s data roaming order - or not.  We will look at how - or if - the latter decision affects the former.  And what’s next.
 
If the Court upholds the order, what then could - and should - Net Neutrality regulation opponents do?
 
If the Court dumps the order, would - and should - the Administration go for full Title II Internet reclassification?  Should they attempt yet another "third way" to try to square the circle?  Or should the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - having then been twice rebuked on Net Neutrality regs - give up and move on (dot org)?
 
All of which leads to the ultimate question: Do we need de jure regulations, or do de facto free market realities deliver all the Net Neutrality we’ll ever need?  And what does all of this mean for the future of all things Internet?


Emcee

Seton Motley - President, Less Government

Discussers & Debaters

Phil Kerpen - President, American Commitment
Ryan Radia - Competitive Enterprise Institute

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Gigi Sohn - President, Public Knowledge
Sascha Meinrath - Vice President, New America Foundation

Monday
Apr082013

LessGovernment - What's Next for Net Neutrality & the Internet? A Discussion & Debate - On Tuesday 

The Barack Obama Administration’s Network Neutrality order awaits a late summer or early fall D.C. Circuit Court ruling on its legality.  The Court in December may have telegraphed its Net Neutrality thoughts with its decision to uphold the Administration’s data roaming order - or not.  We will look at how - or if - the latter decision affects the former.  And what’s next. 

If the Court upholds the order, what then could - and should - Net Neutrality regulation opponents do?

If the Court dumps the order, would - and should - the Administration go for full Title II Internet reclassification?  Should they attempt yet another “third way” to try to square the circle?  Or should the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - having then been twice rebuked on Net Neutrality regs - give up and move on (dot org)?

All of which leads to the ultimate questions: Do we need de jure regulations, or do de facto free market realities deliver all the Net Neutrality we’ll ever need?  And what does all of this mean for the future of all things Internet?

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/ZAwQHW

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2013; 9:45am - 11:15am

 

 

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322

 

 

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/ZAwQHW


Sunday
Mar172013

LessGovernment - Register Now for April 9: What Next for Net Neutrality & the Internet? A Discussion & Debate

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2013; 9:45am - 11:15am 

 

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322

 

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/ZAwQHW

 

 

The Barack Obama Administration’s Network Neutrality order awaits a late summer or early fall D.C. Circuit Court ruling on its legality.  The Court in December may have telegraphed its Net Neutrality thoughts with its decision to uphold the Administration’s data roaming order - or not.  We will look at how - or if - the latter decision affects the former.  And what’s next. 

 

If the Court upholds the order, what then could - and should - Net Neutrality regulation opponents do?

 

If the Court dumps the order, would - and should - the Administration go for full Title II Internet reclassification?  Should they attempt yet another “third way” to try to square the circle?  Or should the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - having then been twice rebuked on Net Neutrality regs - give up and move on (dot org)?

 

All of which leads to the ultimate questions: Do we need de jure regulations, or do de facto free market realities deliver all the Net Neutrality we’ll ever need?  And what does all of this mean for the future of all things Internet?

 

 

Agenda:

09:45 a.m.                   Cordial Interaction and Registration

10:00 a.m.                   Convene: Discussion and Debate

11:15 a.m.                   Adjourn          

 




 

 

Discussers and Debaters:

 

 

Seton Motley – President, Less Government

 

Gigi Sohn – President, Public Knowledge

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Phil Kerpen – President, American Commitment

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Sascha Meinrath – Vice President, New American Foundation

 

 

 

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/ZAwQHW

Monday
Feb252013

LessGovernment - To Attack the Internet, Obama Admin is About to Lie About It. Again

http://bit.ly/X99gA3

According to the Administration, the Web is failing.


Seton Motley

The mostly regulation-free Internet has become a free speech, free market Xanadu

So of course President Barack Obama and his Left want to regulate the daylight out of it.  In their efforts to do so, they will spin any tale to try to engender any public support for new Web regulations. 

For instance, the Barack Obama Administration is likely about to totally fabricate a U.S. mobile broadband assessment report.  In which they will say that the unequivocally astounding success that is our Internet – is at best uncertain, if not an utter failure. 

If any of this nonsense sounds familiar, it’s only because it is.  In May 2011 we had this: 

Which brings us to the looming annual broadband deployment report from the (Barack Obama Administration’s) Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (called the 706 Report). 

In which they are going to again give U.S. broadband deployment a failing grade – just as they did last year. 

Which is completely “DC Disingenuous.” In other words, the FCC is lying through its bureaucratic teeth. 

We bet you weren’t aware that Internet access has for the last four years stunk on ice.  That is, of course, because it hasn’t. 

98% of Americans have access to wireline or mobile broadband, from cable companies, phone companies, satellite companies, wireless Internet access providers (WISPs) and from 3G or 4G mobile wireless providers. 

Does all this access success beget commercial success?  Indeed it does. 

E-commerce sales accounted for 5.4 percent of the total $1.1 trillion retail sales in the final three months of 2012, representing the highest percentage since the Census Bureau started keeping track of online sales more than a decade ago. 

And the Web’s free speech advancement has been, if possible, even more astonishing. 

The Internet has made the First Amendment almost completely horizontal.  Anyone, at virtually no cost, can publish their thoughts.  Or collect the thoughts of themselves and others.  Or find like-minded others to begin to gather together. 

Online publishing has been a fundamental component of the breakdown of the Left’s news and media monopoly.  The Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy of the conservative Tea Party – the greatest political rising of the last quarter century – has been on the Web. 

If the Right is to succeed, the Internet must be their vorpal weapon.  The Left currently has it all over them there – that must change. 

Of course the President and the Left won’t wait around for the Right to figure it out.  They’ll instead preemptively regulate the Net into oblivion.  They’d like a return to the 1960s media monopoly status quo – that’s just the way it is.  And they’ll say and do anything to reverse this remarkable free speech, free market progress. 

Like issue serial ridiculous Web “assessment” reports.

Seton Motley is the founder and president of Less Government.  He is a writer, television and radio commentator, political and policy strategist, lecturer, debater, and activist. 

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