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Jim Lakely, communications director at The Heartland Institute and co-director of Heartland’s Center on the Digital Economy, talked with one of the best free-market tech experts in Washington: Less Government President Seton Motley, who also happens to be a policy advisor to Heartland.
Jim and Seton talked about President Obama’s announcement Monday urging the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadband networks as public utilities under Title II, a strict regulatory regime designed for the copper-wire telephone networks of an earlier age, and impose “net neutrality” regulations. The concept of net neutrality is that all bits of data moving over a network are treated equally — as Obama said in the prelude to his statement, a high-school student’s blog should be treated no differently than subscription-based streaming video.
That statement by Obama shows how he simply does not understand how the Internet was built and operates, and his plan would ruin the technological and communications miracle of the modern age. Lakely and Motley explain, among other things, how the free market has largely self-regulated the Internet successfully for both consumers, tech start-ups, and corporations in the digital economy.
Listen in the player above.