(The following is re-posted by permission from Info Tech and Telecom News. IT&T News is a project of the Heartland Institute.)

By Bruce Edward Walker

Recent attempts to regulate the Internet by the Federal Communications Commission have prompted Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to introduce "The Freedom for Consumer Choice Act." Cosponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the bill would require the FCC to prove that a clear need exists before asserting regulatory authority and would oblige the commission to provide analyses of potential costs such intervention might impose.

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"I am cosponsoring the FCC Act because I believe we need a safeguard to prevent unelected federal bureaucrats ... (read full article)

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See also:

Critics Say Google Wants Internet Access - Just Not the Bill for It

Analysis: Will (and Can) the FCC Regulate the Internet?

 

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Detroit Prep is a top-rated and economically and racially diverse charter school in the city. It's growth means it needs to move out from a church basement and into a new location. Nearby is a former Detroit Public Schools building, sitting empty for years. But, worried about competition, the public school district refused to sell. For years, district and local government officials in Detroit had worked to block public charter schools. They pushed legislation at the Michigan Capitol to hinder them, refused to sell to them, transferred surplus buildings from the district to the city government and imposed deed restrictions on property sales to private developers. All of it was aimed to hinder or even prevent charter school choice outside the confines of the Detroit school district.

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