Featuring Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; David Burton, Senior Fellow in Economic Policy, Heritage Foundation; and Jason Fichtner, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center; moderated by Peter Russo, Director, Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
For libertarians, the basic unit of social analysis is the individual. Individuals are, in all cases, the source and foundation of creativity, activity, and society. In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Cato scholar David Boaz, author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, explains the roles and rights of individuals in a free society, and cautions against a vision of a world in which individuals have no way to cooperate with others except through the state.
Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies.
Featuring Tom Tauke, Verizon Communications; John Windhausen, Association for Local Telecommunications Services; Ray Gifford, Progress & Freedom Foundation; and John Malone, Eastern Management Group.
Six months after releasing a preliminary sketch of the revised rules for local telecom and broadband policy in America, the Federal Communications Commission released its final 576-page unbundled network element (UNE) triennial review order on August 21. Specifically, the FCC examined the UNEs that local telephone carriers must provide to competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) at regulated rates and ruled that incumbent carriers must continue to unbundle and share much of their network with rivals. The order also envisioned a broader role for state regulators in tailoring UNE guidelines. Going in the opposite direction, the FCC exempted new fiber networks from such sharing rules and scaled back sharing requirements for some other services.
What impact will this latest decision have on the telecom and broadband marketplace? Will the FCC’s latest interpretation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 pass muster in the courts or be rejected like previous rulings? Panelists will debate the legal, economic, and financial implications of this important ruling.