The Great Debate

A neat trick that makes political ads more effective

March 21, 2016

  A political ad against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) plays on a television in a hotel bar in Columbia, South Carolina, February 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A political ad against Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) plays in a hotel bar in Columbia, South Carolina, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Congressional proposal offers Internet rules of the road

January 14, 2015

A photo-illustration shows an iPhone 5 next to a vintage mobile phone in Vodafone's Oxford Street store during an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the first mobile phone call in the UK, in central London

For the past decade, a debate has raged in Washington and across the country about the best way to protect an open, unfettered Internet. The increasing use of smartphones and web-connected products and services make finding the right answer more important than ever.

If the Internet becomes a public utility, you’ll pay more. Here’s why.

January 6, 2015

An illustration picture shows logos of Google and Yahoo connected with LAN cables in Berlin

The Federal Communications Commission is in the middle of a high-stakes decision that could raise taxes for close to 90 percent of Americans. The commission is considering whether to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service and, in doing so, Washington would trigger new taxes and fees at the state and local level.

Net neutrality: A web of deceit

June 9, 2014

Wheeler testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on oversight of the FCC on Capitol Hill in Washington

Special-interest groups are calling for public-utility regulations to be placed on the Internet — the most innovative and society-shaping deregulatory success story of our time. These people are trying to exert control over the Internet through “net neutrality” regulations that will likely benefit only a few huge Internet companies and the top 1 percent of Internet users.

Theodore Roosevelt on net neutrality

May 4, 2014

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“Above all else,” President Theodore Roosevelt admonished Congress in 1905, “we must strive to keep the highways of commerce open to all on equal terms.”