If the FCC had regulated the Internet: A counterfactual history of cyberspace.

The FCC immediately determines that the lack of interoperability among the online systems harms consumers and orders that each company submit a technical framework by January 1994 under which all online companies will unify to one shared technology in the near future. The precedent for this are the technical standards that the FCC has been setting for decades for AM and FM, and for television. The online services threaten legal action again, and again ... Full Story »

Posted by Kaizar Campwala - via Jack Shafer, Slate , Real Clear Politics

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by Doug Greer - Dec. 26, 2010

This article is a good example of a Libertarian talking about technology that he doesn't understand. This piece oozes with anti-government Libertarian bias.

I suspect that if you ask 5 Libertarians what Libertarianism means, you'll get 5 different answers. It seems that Shafer is the type of Libertarian that imagines the most simple-minded regulation possible and then accuses the government of attempting to impose that regulation with extreme malice. Maybe this type of Libertarian should be called the strawman-Libertarian or maybe the corporatist-Libertarian? The FCC under both the Clinton and GW Bush Administrations loosened regulations which allowed all manner of abuses by the large telecommunication and tech companies. When you appoint regulators who don't believe that it is possible to create intelligent regulation, the results are predictable.

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