Mozilla v. FCC is a win for innovation, but legislation is still needed

October 1, 2019 | Will Upton

Today’s 2-1 ruling in Mozilla v. Federal Communications Commission from the D.C. Circuit largely reaffirms the FCC’s 2018 net neutrality framework, avoiding an innovation-crushing regulatory regime. However, as Lincoln Network co-founder Garrett Johnson argued, Congress still needs to step in to address the harmful regulatory uncertainty of the protracted fight over net neutrality:  While some
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Progress in closing the digital divide

August 6, 2019 | Garrett Johnson

The world has moved online. With just an internet connection, one can access a vast range of digital services, educational materials, and economic opportunities unimaginable by previous generations. Yet, many people who need these opportunities the most – such as low income people of color – have still been left behind. It’s clear that as
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Understanding advertised vs. real world broadband speeds

July 30, 2019 | Ryan Radia

Access to speedy, reliable broadband matters a lot to our economy, whether we’re at work, on our smartphone, or sitting on the couch. But it’s not always easy to measure how well we’re doing as a nation in terms of deploying speedy broadband. One sticking point is the gulf between speeds reported by Internet service
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Lincoln’s approach to policy

July 21, 2019 | Zach Graves

Make the future happen sooner. The mission of Lincoln’s policy project is to bridge the gap between innovators, technologists, and policymakers, and leverage that position to advance policy discussions that will help create a better, freer, and more abundant future. In the face of increasing backlash against science and technology, we are optimistic about the
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Supersonic Flight and American Technological Leadership

July 19, 2019 | Ryan Khurana

On June 28th, 2019, after 46 years of regulatory dormancy, action was once again taken to make supersonic flight a reality in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a notice of proposed rulemaking that would allow for special flight reauthorizations for the testing and development supersonic aircraft. This came after bipartisan legislation
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Applying the First Amendment to the Web Would Be a Nightmare

July 17, 2019 | Ryan Radia

Conservatives see the Constitution as their best defense online, but have they considered the broader consequences? Conservatives often accuse big tech companies of suppressing right-leaning voices and giving preferential treatment to left-wing commentators and news outlets. Google is the target of these latest allegations, which include a heavily edited video that seemingly depicts an executive suggesting
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Principles for Amending Section 230

July 11, 2019 | Will Upton

Lincoln joined a broad, bipartisan coalition letter organized by our friends at TechFreedom. The letter outlines seven principles for amending Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The letter argues: Policymakers have expressed concern about both harmful online speech and the content moderation practices of tech companies. Section 230, enacted as part of the bipartisan
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Congress should think twice before regulating tech giants – look at Europe for what could happen

June 16, 2019 | Ryan Radia

The following article originally appeared at FoxNews.com. Should the federal government break up big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon? Last week, the House Judiciary Committee began investigating this question, marking Congress’s first major antitrust probe in decades. Members of both parties are understandably concerned about tech giants, with some politicians going so far as to push
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Does Twitter Have an Anti-Conservative Bias?

June 5, 2019 | Zach Graves

The following article by Lincoln Network head of policy Zach Graves originally ran at Techdirt: In an article for Quillette titled, “It Isn’t Your Imagination: Twitter Treats Conservatives More Harshly Than Liberals,” Columbia University research fellow Richard Hanania offers us proof–once and for all–that social media companies are biased against conservatives. Either that, or it’s the latest
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Re: The FTC’s Approach to Consumer Privacy

June 3, 2019 | Ryan Radia

I submitted the following comments to the Federal Trade Commission on May 31, 2019 regarding Docket FTC-2018-0098, “Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in 21st Century: Consumer Privacy.” Click here for the PDF version (which includes my footnotes). Mr. Donald S. ClarkFederal Trade Commission Office of the Secretary600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20580 Re:
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Reboot American Innovation Conference

May 6, 2019 | Lincoln Network

Check out all the videos from Lincoln Network’s Reboot American Innovation conference. Additional information about the speakers and program can be found here. Agenda 8:15 AMREGISTRATIONContinental breakfast 8:45 AMWELCOME & OPENING REMARKSGarrett Johnson, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Lincoln Network; Aaron Ginn, Co-Founder, Lincoln Network. 9:00 AMOPENING KEYNOTEDr. Robert Zubrin, President, Pioneer Astronautics; and Contributing Editor, The
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Next Generation Communications Network Could Be Coming

April 12, 2019 | Ryan Radia

The following article by Lincoln Network senior policy counsel Ryan Radia originally ran at InsideSources: Telecom companies are beginning to overhaul their networks with the fifth generation of wireless infrastructure, known as 5G. In early April, Verizon Wireless launched America’s first commercial 5G network in Chicago and Minneapolis, offering markedly improved speeds compared to existing 4G networks—up
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At Facebook, Google and many other tech companies the level of political intolerance is stunning

February 28, 2019 | Garrett Johnson

The following article by Lincoln Network executive director Garrett Johnson originally ran at FoxNews.com: The tech giants of Silicon Valley, particularly Google and Facebook, have faced intense criticism in recent years for promoting partisan political agendas in the workplace. TwitterCEO Jack Dorsey even admitted recently that conservative employees at his company “don’t feel safe to express their opinions.” To gain
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Lincoln Network joins Coalition Against Patent Abuse

January 15, 2019 | Lincoln Network

Lincoln Network is excited to be a founding member of the Coalition Against Patent Abuse (CAPA), a broad coalition of think tanks, healthcare providers, consumer groups, and patient advocacy organizations working to address anti-competitive abuses of our patent system. In addition to Lincoln, CAPA membership includes free-market groups such as the R Street Institute, the Institute for
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New Antitrust Thinking Isn’t a Return to the Good Old Days

January 14, 2019 | Ryan Radia

Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft. These are America’s five most valuable tech companies, and they have a public policy challenge in common: antitrust. When antitrust makes headlines, it’s often because one of these five companies is looking to buy a smaller firm or facing some sort of investigation from the Federal Trade Commission or Department
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Conservatives: Stop Crying Wolf on Tech Bias

August 28, 2018 | Zach Graves

This article by Lincoln Network head of policy Zach Graves originally appeared at Techdirt. In an article picked up by Drudge Report and then tweeted by President Donald Trump himself, PJ Media editor Paula Bolyard makes the shocking claim that Google deliberately manipulates its search results to favor left-wing views and undermine the President. In supporting this allegation, she goes to
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Tech founders call for bipartisan net neutrality legislation

January 1, 2018 | Garrett Johnson

Lincoln organized a letter of tech founders and venture capitalists urging Congress to pass bipartisan legislation on net neutrality. Signatories include Joe Lonsdale, Trae Stephens, Joe Malchow, and many others. The letter argues: By codifying principles that have been in the public forum for some time, Congress can ensure that existing investments in internet infrastructure
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Entrepreneur Survey on Regulatory Threats to Emerging Technologies

January 1, 2017 | Garrett Johnson

Executive Summary: The following are findings from a preliminary survey of founders of technology startups on government regulation and emerging policy issues. The data illustrates how the Trump Administration and new Congress can craft policy that is consistent with the perspective of tech industry leaders. The overarching conclusion is that the stereotypical conflict between small
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Lobbying for the Future

June 6, 2015 | Garrett Johnson

The United States economy is barely growing. The engine of economic growth, entrepreneurship, and new firm creation has been declining for the past three decades. Today, we are the lobbyists for the future, advocating on behalf of start-ups that don’t exist yet. We can grow the economy through unleashing the full forces of innovation across
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How to Fix Patents

June 6, 2015 | Derek Khanna

Patent policy is increasingly failing in its constitutionally enumerated purpose of “promoting the progress of the sciences and useful arts” as a result of patent trolling and an epidemic of granting low-quality patents. For conservatives and libertarians, this should be striking, as the Progress Clause is the only clause in the Constitution that provides a
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