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The FCC (Part Two). On the death of competition.

The FCC (Part Two). On the death of competition.

Update: 2022-10-08
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In our first installment of the two-part FCC series we discussed the origins of the Federal Communications Commission, the reason it came into existence and the tension between its charge and the First Amendment. Our story resumes with a nod to the Chicago School, the one-two punch of the Reagan and Clinton administrations to deliver a death blow to media competition in the United States and the recent history of net neutrality. Let’s fucking go. 


Chapters


Intro: 00:01:56


Chapter One: The Coase Theorem. 00:03:08


Chapter Two: Reagan and Clinton. 00:10:28


Chapter Three: Title II and Net Neutrality. 00:25:25


Chapter Four: Bring it home, Max. 00:37:22


Post Show Musings: 00:42:14


Book Love: 00:53:17


Outro: 00:54:02


Resources


FCC Website


Steven G. Medema: “Failure to Appear”: The Use of the Coase Theorem in Judicial Opinion


European Council On Foreign Relations: Network effects: Europe’s digital sovereignty in the Mediterranean


Brookings: Was the 1996 Telecommunications Act successful in promoting competition?


USTelecom: Research


FCC: National Broadband Map


Community Networks: Community Network Map


Berkman Klein Center: Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America


Vice: A Community-Run ISP Is the Highest Rated Broadband Company in America


Tristin Esfandiari: The FCC Threatens Free Speech


Open Secrets: Ajit Pai Employment History


FCC: FCC Releases Restoring Internet Freedom Order


FCC: Biography of Former Chairman Ajit Pai


Public Knowledge: We Already Knew Broadband Should Be A Public Utility. The Pandemic Made It Obvious.


Congress.gov: S.4676 - Net Neutrality and Broadband Justice Act of 2022


Electronic Frontier Foundation: New Proposal Brings Us a Step Closer to Net Neutrality


Ed Markey: Communications Act Bill


Electronic Frontier Foundation: Today’s Net Neutrality Order is a Win, with a Few Blemishes


Electronic Frontier Foundation: Today—and Every Day—We Fight to Defend the Open Internet


Searchlight Capital: Investments


Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University: 2 Live Crew


Book Love


Steven J. Simmons: The Fairness Doctrine and the Media


Brian J. Karem: Free the Press: The Death of American Journalism and How to Revive It


Ken Auletta: Backstory: Inside the Business of News


Bernard Harcourt: The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order


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The FCC (Part Two). On the death of competition.

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