‘An Inoculation For Fevered Fact-Free Internet Activism’


At 1:30pm Wednesday (4/26), FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will have returned from the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, ready to give what may believe will be a definitive speech on the future of internet regulation. Pai’s speech will be followed by a 3:30pm news conference convened by House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats and Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. The Democrats believe Pai’s efforts will “undercut net neutrality protections” and they will stress the importance “of preserving the FCC’s net neutrality rules, which require all internet traffic be treated equally.”

What will Pai say? Bret Swanson, a Visiting Fellow at AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic research firm specializing in technology, may offer a perfect glimpse into Pai’s pro-commerce thoughts on “net neutrality.”

In this column, Swanson discusses how the FCC will soon begin a reassessment of the Obama-era FCC’s “aggressive regulation of the internet.” If so, he says, “we will be greeted by voluminous and high-volume denunciations. What we are unlikely to hear or read, based on the past 15 years of net neutrality wars, are fact-based, reasoned arguments.”

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