It seems increasingly common for politicians, journalists, and pundits to engage in hand-wringing over how tech is destroying jobs. Is tech destroying jobs? Absolutely! And we should be glad.
Rarely is an economic regulator so confident of its economic reasoning and yet so pilloried by economists, as has been the case of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 decision to subject internet service providers (ISPs) to Title II regulations. What does the economics really say about net neutrality and Title II? It’s a bit messy but not hard to apply.
Lifeline is a program the FCC runs that pays telecommunications companies for providing service to low-income households at discounted prices. This year it received another failing grade from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). What are the problems with Lifeline and what can be done?