- "FCC/Capitol Hill," Public Broadcasting Report, September 29, 2006
"Adam Thierer, Progress & Freedom Foundation senior fellow, filed similar comments. 'Parents now have multiple layers of technological protection at their disposal,' he said [too the FCC]."
- "Supreme Court Preview," Maryland Daily Record, September 29, 2006
"KSR’s case is being supported by the Progress and Freedom Foundation.
"'We tend to be very pro-property, but … we're pro-property properly defined, and we do think that extending property rights too far tends to undercut them,' said James V. DeLong, a senior fellow at the foundation.
"He said the federal circuit needs to let the patent office determine non-obviousness.
"'The patent office should have some sort of leeway to say that any damn fool knows this,' he said."
- "Senate Huffs And Puffs Over Laggard Telecom-Reform Bill," Telecom Policy Report, September 25, 2006
"At a legislative luncheon session sponsored this past week in Washington, D.C. by the Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF) think tank, Sen. Ted Stevens (R- Alaska), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, made a quick appearance and conceded there will be no significant movement on the bill before the October recess and the Nov. 7 mid- term elections. Instead, he indicated some hope for action during the post- election, lame-duck weeks for possible passage."
- "Parental Oversight Called Key for Social Networks," Tech Daily, September 22, 2006
"Implementing age-verification safeguards eventually could be the winning solution, but Progress and Freedom Foundation Senior Fellow Adam Thierer said the right technology has not been introduced. ‘We are not there yet, and there are some serious questions about how we're going to get there,' he said."
- "Senate Telecom Bill Still Short of Votes: Stevens," Reuters, September 22, 2006
"'U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said on Thursday he was still unable to muster enough votes for his telecommunications bill, which could die if Republicans lose power in the November elections.
"The bill would make it easier for telephone companies like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications to get licenses to offer television service to compete with cable companies. It also would address a myriad of other issues but consumer groups oppose it because it does not guarantee 'Net neutrality.'
"'I still think we're a few votes short,' Stevens, an Alaska Republican, told reporters after addressing the Progress & Freedom Foundation think tank."
- "Roberts Asks for Talks on Sports TV," The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 22, 2006
"I think it's time to call for a dialogue, a serious dialogue on this subject. We would be very willing to participate without preconditions as to what the solution is. And I think there's a lot at stake, and it's accelerating, and it's the moment right now,' Roberts said during a speech to the Progress & Freedom Foundation here.'"
- "Parents, Industry Need to Protect Kids at Social Networking Web Sites," Kansas City InfoZine, September 22, 2006
- "[A]dam Thierer, senior fellow with the Progress and Freedom Foundation, which advocates for an Internet with few government controls, questioned how 16-year-olds could be required to verify their age without intruding on privacy rights.
"' They don't have credit cards,' he said. He added that the Internet is now 'the boogie man' to parents, but fears will pass once it is better understood."
- "Comm Daily Notebook," Communications Daily, September 22, 2006
"The Senate 'hotlined' FCC Chmn. Martin's re-nomination Thurs. -- a tactic that sends a message to senators' offices asking for an up or down vote. At our deadline, results of the vote weren't in. Hotlines can take hours; if objections arise, the vote halts. Attempts at engineering a unanimous consent vote fizzled Wed. night over an objection, Senate Commerce Committee Chmn. Stevens (R-Alaska) confirmed to us Thurs. after a Progress & Freedom Foundation lunch. 'I heard about that, but I wasn't there, so I don't know what the problem was,' he said: 'It was delayed last night.' Stevens said the committee planned to meet late Thurs. on the matter."
- "Telecom Bill Back on Front Burner; Key Senator: It'll Pass After Elections," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 22, 2006
"After Thursday's Capitol Hill luncheon sponsored by the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a conservative research group, Stevens said he was getting closer to 60 supporters but would not disclose an exact count. His search has been tough because some Republican senators in tight re-election races worry about supporting legislation that could be seen as anti-consumer. Also, some senators don't want to anger wealthy contributors in the high-tech world just before an election. Some news reports have suggested Stevens might attach portions of his bill to appropriations measures. He denied he was considering that. 'Absolutely not,' he said. '‘This bill is going to be considered on its own merits.'"
- "Comcast Chairman Urges 'Serious Dialogue' on Sports Network Prices," Communications Daily, September 22, 2006
"Comcast would participate in talks on sports programming costs, cable's 'most complicated issue,' Chmn. Brian Roberts told a Thurs. Progress & Freedom Foundation lunch. 'It is time to call for a serious dialogue on this subject,' Roberts said: 'We are at a tipping point... you see leagues starting channels, you see college leagues starting channels.' There is a '‘sea change occurring with the amount of new sports channels that are created,' but with no real public debate about who should underwrite them, he said. '‘It's the same thing that happened with stadium financing,' except that involved public discussion, he said."
- "Telecom Bill Back on Front Burner; Key Senator: It'll Pass After Elections," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 22, 2006
"After Thursday's Capitol Hill luncheon sponsored by the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a conservative research group, Stevens said he was getting closer to 60 supporters but would not disclose an exact count. His search has been tough because some Republican senators in tight re-election races worry about supporting legislation that could be seen as anti-consumer. Also, some senators don't want to anger wealthy contributors in the high-tech world just before an election. Some news reports have suggested Stevens might attach portions of his bill to appropriations measures. He denied he was considering that. 'Absolutely not,' he said. 'This bill is going to be considered on its own merits.'"
- "Comcast Says Others are Stalling," Deseret Morning News ( Salt Lake City), September 22, 2006
"Speaking to a conference sponsored by the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a Washington think-tank, [Brian] Roberts called for new rules to streamline the process for cable-TV customers who want to switch from traditional phone companies. Current law also lets phone companies charge unreasonable fees to connect cable customers to existing networks, he said."
- "Senate Commerce Chairman Still Pushing for Telecom Bill," Market Watch, September 21, 2006
"'We're going to deal with our bill as it is,' Stevens told reporters following remarks to the Progress and Freedom Foundation. He said that he had won some assurances of support, but so far lacks the 60 votes necessary to shield the bill from a filibuster - a maneuver that usually kills legislation.
" Stevens was responding to a question about whether he would seek to advance only the portion of the bill that would make it easier for telephone companies to roll out cable television service. The bill, the most sweeping rewrite of telecommunications laws in a decade, is seen as primarily benefiting AT&T Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., which are currently going from state to state and municipality to municipality to win the approvals necessary to offer the service."
- "Critic Calls Internet Body The FCC Of The Web," Tech Daily, September 21, 2006
"The success of the Internet hinges on not being 'bogged down by bureaucratic and politicized decision-making,' said Thomas Lenard of the Progress and Freedom Foundation. ICANN has made some progress but still needs work, he said. But that arrangement 'should not be set in stone because we are dealing with a fast-changing technological environment,' Lenard added."
- "Rep. Stearns Concludes Joint Hearing on Performance of ICANN in Internet Governance," US Fed News, September 21, 2006
"'However, there are several ways that ICANN's management is not working effectively to maintain the most important qualities of the DNS - availability and integrity.’ Thomas Lenard, Ph.D., Senior VP for Research at the Progress and Freedom Foundation, testified, 'ICANN can be even more light-handed and pro-competitive in its approach to overseeing the DNS and that should be its goal.'"
- "Nets Prepare Profanity Defenses," Broadcasting & Cable, September 20,2006
"One group already on the record is free market think tank, the Progress and Freedom Foundation, which filed its comments Wednesday.
"Not surprisingly, Senior fellow Adam Thierer used the opportunity to argue that the FCC shouldn't be in the programming content regulation business period.
"Saying there were sufficient blocking mechanisms and educational programs so that 'the traditional rationales the agency relies on to regulate broadcast content--hat it is 'uninvited' into the home and that parents are powerless to control it--have been rendered moot.'"
- "Reading, Writing and Video Gaming," AlterNet.org, September 14, 2006
"Usually, only one or two violent titles rank among the top 10 best-selling games. The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a liberal think tank in Washington, calculated that over 80 percent of the most popular video and computer games of the past five years were rated 'E' for everyone or 'T' for 'teen,' i.e., they are not particularly violent."
- "Electronics Group Restates Case for Net Neutrality," San Francisco Chronicle, September 13, 2006
"Meanwhile, proponents of broadband deregulation say giving data carriers a free hand on pricing will encourage investment in new high-speed Internet delivery systems. Deregulators say competition between phone and cable companies, emerging high-speed wireless technologies and existing regulations are enough to protect consumers. Speaking at a recent session organized by the free-market Progress & Freedom Foundation, Qwest Chairman and CEO Richard Notebaert argued that the Federal Trade Commission already has the authority and ability 'to police unfair competition and consumer fraud' with regard to Internet pricing."
- "Martin Testifies During Nomination Hearing," Sky Report, September 13, 2006
"'Chairman Martin's FCC has made major strides in promoting a more competitive communications sector, and his record, overall, certainly qualifies him for another term,’ said the Progress & Freedom Foundation's President Daniel Caprio Jr. and Research SVP Thomas Lenard in a statement. 'Largely as a result of Martin's leadership, DSL and cable modem services are now mostly deregulated. Competition between cable and DSL providers is robust. Providers constantly seek to leapfrog each other with better speeds, quality and prices, and new competitors and technologies are entering the market at a rapid pace.'"
- "Disney: Net TV Attracts Young Audiences," Broadcast Engineering Online, September 8, 2006
"Advertising-supported TV over the Web attracts younger audiences who are more comfortable than their parents with viewing TV fare on a computer display, said Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group. Speaking at the recent Progress and Freedom Foundation's technology policy conference in Aspen, CO, Sweeney said that last year the network used the Disney Channel Web site as a marketing tool. Today, it's using it as a programming tool."
- "Cable and Phone Companies call Net Neutrality 'Silly,' 'mumbo jumbo,'" Ars Technica, September 7, 2006
"Consider the most recent TV spot, a clip aptly called 'Mumbo Jumbo.' We're warned to watch out for the schemes of the 'multi-billion dollar Silicon Valley tech companies' and informed that 'Net neutrality simply means: you pay.' Riiiiggght—consumers who advocate for Net neutrality do so to enrich Google at their own expense. Whatever you think of the issue, this level of debate is frankly insulting and unhelpful. (Better is an NCTA-linked look at Net neutrality from the market-oriented Progress & Freedom Foundation, which lays out a generally thoughtful case about the negative possible consequences of Net neutrality, but remains open to the idea that regulation might be necessary down the road.)"
- "Top of the Heap," The Guardian (UK), September, 7, 2006
"Patrick Ross, of the Center for the Study of Digital Property, a US thinktank, decided to follow this thread. He used his interest in cartography to see how far Wikipedia's grip on Google results - and hence on people's expected reliance on it as a topic - extended into the realm he knew about. Vinland, the Vikings' apparent landing in North America in the 11th century? The top result links to the Wikipedia page. And so on. (Often, results further down the listings - such as those at answers.com - are themselves taken directly from Wikipedia, where the open licence allows direct copying of information; so the appearance of multiple reinforcing answers is false, and the Wikipedia entered data will get much more than the expected ratio of clickthroughs.)"
- "Now's the Time to Develop, Fine-Tune Data-Security Processes," FoxNews.com, September 5, 2006
"At the Progress and Freedom Foundation's recent Aspen Summit, Arthur W. Coviello, chief executive officer and president, RSA Security, Inc., remarked that 'rational, consistent government policy is critical to the nations competitiveness.' He suggested that leadership is important and that multiple players – government, businesses, consumers and nonprofits – need to step up."