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Biden Administration Calls to Revive Repealed Net Neutrality Rules

By: Noah Vehafric Last week the Biden Administration released a sweeping Executive Order to supercharge antitrust enforcement across the federal government. The Order, designed to “promote competition in the American economy,” is a grab bag of various policy proposals; including calling on the FCC to “consider adopting” Title II-style…

U.S. Watchdog Announces Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence

By: Noah Vehafric The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report detailing a new framework for accountable use of artificial intelligence by federal agencies. This report sets out  four key principles for government administrators to emphasize: governance, data, performance, and monitoring.  Source: U.S. Government Accountability Office  A deeper look into…

Symmetrical Municipal Broadband is Not What Small Business Needs

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business held a hearing entitled “Supporting Small Entities through investments in the National Infrastructure: Broadband.” This hearing provided an opportunity for members and special interest alike to repeat the fruitless goals of the Biden Broadband Bust from arbitrary symmetrical speed…

Errors in Germany’s Broadband Deployment

By: Katie McAuliffe Germany’s failure to incentivize private companies to invest in broadband infrastructure and deployment has led to them having very poor internet access. This should serve as an example to US policymakers who think that broadband networks can magically materialize by ignoring private sector investment in broadband. This…

Digital Liberty Applauds 6th Circuit Ruling on Cable Franchises

By: Katie McAuliffe  The United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled this week in favor of the Federal Communications Commission, upholding its order which broadened the types of accepted contributions made towards franchising fees and protected broadband from having such fees. This ruling will reduce barriers and…

Is Regulatory Complexity Harming Pipeline Security?

By: Noah Vehafric With the Transportation Security Administration releasing its first rules about pipeline cybersecurity, it is a good opportunity to take a look at the complex regulatory framework that pipeline operators face.  Pipelines are a keystone of our infrastructure. Every year pipelines deliver trillions of cubic feet…

Epic’s Project Liberty will Harm Other Developers

By: Bridget Visconti Epic’s “Project Liberty” is anything but liberating for small app developers. In the ongoing court case between Epic Games and Apple Inc., Epic is aiming at getting government intervention to impact their bottom line, which is not the role of government in a functioning free market. Epic…

Government Takeovers are not the Answer to Broadband Affordability Issues

By: Noah Vehafric The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled “Broadband Equity: Addressing Disparities in Access and Affordability.” Unfortunately, many of the solutions proposed in this hearing want to take the least affordable approach to closing the digital divide.  Currently – many…

The FTC Releases New Guidance Regarding Combatting AI Bias

By: Bridget Visconti On April 19, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new guidance regarding the commercial use of AI and taking steps to ensure that AI products do not exhibit bias based on gender, race, or other legally protected classes. The FTC lays out recommendations to companies,  in…

US, UK, EU, and China all launch investigations into the Nvidia-Arm acquisition

By: Bridget Visconti While Americans for Tax Reform and Digital Liberty believe that companies should be able to merge or divest without government interference, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the various antitrust laws already in place that Democrats say aren’t doing anything, are doing plenty. Concerns about the…