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Communications Forum

Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of CTIA – The Wireless Association, addresses a Communications Forum luncheon in Washington on March 12. She discussed the future of wireless and video on the same day the FCC released its net neutrality rules.

Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of CTIA – The Wireless Association, addresses a Communications Forum luncheon in Washington on March 12.  She discussed the future of wireless and video on the same day the FCC released its net neutrality rules. » Read More

New Issue Paper on Electronic Privacy

Kurt Wimmer, chairman of the Institute's First Amendment Advisory Council, has written a new "Policy Views" issue paper on the need to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act in light of the widespread use of cloud computing.
» Read Paper

Statement on FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Institute President Patrick Maines issued the following statement following the FCC’s vote to adopt Title II net neutrality regulations on Feb. 26: “Today’s vote by the FCC, promoted by people and organizations with political, ideological, and/or commercial interests, will one day be reversed, either by the courts, or Congress, or both. It can’t happen soon enough.” » Read More

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Issue Watch

Floyd Abrams: 'Liberty Is Liberty' » Read More

FCC Releases Net Neutrality Rules » Read More

Can Net Neutrality Survive the Impending Onslaught of Lawsuits? » Read More

'Net Neutrality' Myths » Read More

Opinion: The FCC’s Net Neutrality Victory Is Anything But
» Read More

 
 

Media & Communications Policy Blog

What Changed the FCC Chairman’s Mind?
by Patrick Maines

On the occasion last week of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s passage of “net neutrality” regulations, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Commission, announced that it was “the proudest day of my public policy life.” It’s not known whether that statement is a reflection of how little Wheeler feels he’s accomplished in life, or an embarrassing attempt to take credit for something that was forced on him. » Read More

Who’s Behind the Push for Net Neutrality?
by Patrick Maines

If “net neutrality” were a life form, it would be classified as a simple organism. And that lack of complexity, as it happens, is its very appeal to certain “progressives,” garden-variety regulators and large Internet companies, who see in government regulation of the Internet opportunities to cement and extend their franchises. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

Is There a Fundamental Right
to Intellectual Property?

by Prof. Robert P. Merges,
University of California at Berkeley School of Law

For many in the field of intellectual property law (IP), my article title would be either a wry joke or the lead-in to one of the world’s shortest articles. (Its full text would read: “No.”)
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Delivering Packages (on the Internet)
by Prof. Randal C. Picker,
University of Chicago Law School

On Feb. 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission announced its new Open Internet Rules (what the rest of the world calls network neutrality), but it didn’t actually release the rules until this past Thursday, March 12, 2015. » Read More

The Invention of the Software Patent
by Prof. Randal C. Picker,
University of Chicago Law School

Software patents are extraordinarily controversial. In 2011, the White House was asked through its online petition set-up to direct the patent office to cease issuing software patents.  The White House declined, noting that Congress was in charge of the general scope of patent eligibility. » Read More

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