Chairman Pai shows leadership and vision in his work to restore internet freedom, but, it’s also time for Congress to codify a framework for today’s digital world that enshrines internet freedom forever.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to create a modern framework for internet freedom will produce meaningful benefits for consumers first by using the FTC’s competence and experience in consumer protection, and second by protecting innovation and investment from a government bureaucracy and the current Title II rules which were designed for a state-run monopoly telephone system.
Generally, consumers believe that the Federal Communications Commission protects them from these abuses, but the data suggests that the FCC’s leadership in recent years was more concerned with politics, namely headline chasing, than mundane enforcement that actually matters to consumers.
The FCC’s emphasis on expanding consumer protections should keep pace with the evolving communications industry.
Online privacy is an important issue, but at a minimum its regulation demands a holistic approach and at the very least, a modicum of data.
To achieve his goals to “bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans”, Ajit Pai must overcome deeply entrenched corporate interests and pro-regulatory pessimism which resists change.
To advance countless new internet technologies, the next administration must do more than talk about spectrum sharing.
Some assume policymaking follows a rational, linear process in which policymakers observe a problem, weigh the costs and benefits, and then apply the appropriate action. In reality, it is far more common for policymakers to use theory selectively after the fact to justify their pre-ordained and favored policies.
The Federal Communications Commission’s actions in the privacy arena are concerning, in particular, since the Federal Trade Commission has been successfully protecting consumer privacy online for years.
Just like the Europeans, who brandish heavy-handed regulation to compensate for its inferior firms, the FCC is grandstanding on protecting consumers while protecting established online advertising interests.