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FCC On the Way Out?

“I’m very confident a hundred years from now we won’t have an FCC,” says Thomas Hazlett, Reason contributor and George Mason economics professor.

Internet service providers are coming under scrutiny from both the FCC and net neutrality supporters who want to ensure unrestricted consumer access to the Web. However, Hazlett points out that the fear over ISPs limiting Web content is unfounded and government “has no idea what the optimal business model is” to effectively regulate.

Hazlett sat down with Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie to discuss net neutrality, the Internet, and and his Encounters Broadside book The Fallacy of Net Neutrality.

Farewell, Fairness Doctrine

Twenty-five years ago, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously repealed the Fairness Doctrine, which required broadcasters to air all sides of controversial issues. The Fairness Doctrine sounds, shall we say, “fair,” in theory. But in practice,  the doctrine had a chilling impact on free speech, due to the fact that “there is a frontal conflict between the First Amendment…and the government considering whether or not the fairness of a particular report passes muster,” says George Mason University’s Thomas Hazlett.

Hazlett sat down with Reason.TV’s Nick Gillespie to discuss the Fairness Doctrine and how its repeal — under President Ronald Reagan — helped to give rise to talk radio in the form we know it today.

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