- "Broadcast," Communications Daily,
October 31, 2008
"Progress & Freedom Foundation's Adam Thierer, who hopes
the high court voids the FCC censuring of Fox, said the case
may not touch much on the First Amendment. Justices probably
will take 'a practical approach to tweaking the law or
just affirming what the lower court said' in 2007 when
the 2nd U.S. Appeals Court in New York remanded the case to
citing Administrative Procedure Act violations, Thierer told
us. 'The APA-related issues will be, in my personal opinion,
at the core of the opinion. I sincerely doubt that the court
will rock the boat in a major way.'"
- "Targeted Advertising: The Pros and Cons," InfoWorld,
October 29, 2008
"The Progress and Freedom Foundation announced the launch of The Center
for Internet Freedom last week. The Center is dedicated to advancing a 'comprehensive
market-oriented approach to Internet policy issues.
The big agenda occupying the Center, according to its director Berin Szoka,
right now is the push for regulation of online targeted advertising.
The Center for Internet Freedom, argues for a "'layered' approach to
privacy protection that combines industry self-regulation, enforcement of
industry-established privacy policies, consumer education, and user 'self-help'
- "Gag Me With a Law," Weekly Standard,
October 27 2008
"In a period of unprecedented access to information, the
First Amendment rights of freedom of the press and freedom
are in danger, warns A Manifesto for Media Freedom.
The rapid development of media types and venues has prompted
both new and revived attempts to control them, and in growing
numbers policymakers, nonprofits, and pundits are advocating
regulation of radio, television, the Internet, and other
"Brian C. Anderson, editor of City Journal,
and Adam D. Thierer, senior fellow at the Progress and Freedom
offer a brief and timely
defense of the First Amendment. Explaining what different regulatory
proposals mean for free speech and freedom of the press,
they demand that lawmakers
and government officials not interfere with the constitutional
rights of American citizens."
- "Think Tank Launches Center on
Internet Policy Issues," Government
Computer News, October 23, 2008
"The Progress and Freedom Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, has
launched the Center for Internet Freedom to advocate a market-based approach
to Internet policy debates."
"'It is more important than ever that we keep government regulation out,'
said Berin Szoka, a PFF fellow who is director of the center. 'We offer an alternative
to the proliferation of advocacy groups calling for government intervention online.'
"The center will produce analyses and critiques of proposals that it feels
would diminish the online role of free markets and property rights. The center
advocates technological innovation, user education and self-help, and industry
self-regulation as an alternative to increased government regulation of online
activities and business."
- "Pro-Regulatory Push Expected
For Broadband," TR Daily,
October 20, 2008
"Barbara Esbin, a senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation,
and director of PFF’s Center for Communications and Competition Policy,
called for the enactment of 'FCC Procedural Reform for Openness and Clarity Encouraging
Sensible Solutions Act,' or the FCC PROCESS Act (TRDaily, July 31), as a short-term
solution. As a long-term solution, there needs to be 'an overhaul of the agency’s
enabling act,' she said, adding that 'there isn't a single policy debate in this
country that isn’t hobbled by having to use terms developed for a monopoly
- "Analyst: Downturn Could Work
Against Net Neutrality Legislation," Broadcasting
and Cable, October 13, 2008
"Adam Thierer, senior fellow at the Progress and Freedom Foundation, said
who is in the White House could well be determinative, calling it a 'clash of
industry titans' between cable and telcos on one side and companies like Google
and microsoft and Yahoo! He said he thought the battle would be in Congress,
predicting the court would strike down the FCC decision against Comcast. 'If
it is an Obama administration,' he says, 'I think there is a good chance it would
tip in favor of some kind of legislation,' saying it was unclear in the case
of Senator John McCain."
- "Interview: laying it on the
line with FCC chair Kevin Martin," Ars
Technica, October 6, 2008
"No one saw Martin's challenge better than Adam Thierer of the Progress
and Freedom Foundation. In early 2006, shortly after I just started writing online,
I interviewed Thierer, a staunch advocate of relaxing the rules, about where
the broadcast ownership docket seemed headed. He told me that by trying to loosen
the limits all at once, Powell 'gave the opponents of liberalization a big, juicy
target to go after in the courts, and man did they hit a bulls eye when they
went after it.'
"Martin has learned from that lesson, Thierer argued, 'and has decided to
go about it the old way, which is to disaggregate these issues, take them on
a case-by-case or one-by-one basis, and look at each rule as is needed and determine
where you can make a little bit of inroad and achieve some reform successfully.'"
- "Speakers Criticize FCC Policy
Conditions Unrelated to Mergers," TR
Daily, October 10, 2008
"An audience member, Barbara Esbin, a former FCC official who is now senior
fellow and director of the Center for Communications and Competition Policy at
the Progress & Freedom Foundation, said that under Mr. Powell, 'there was
a huge attempt to rein in the process' and make sure conditions were related
to 'merger-related harm.' But she said that sometimes conditions 'end up having
a shelf life' that is longer than necessary. She cited arbitration provisions
imposed on News Corp. related to the Hughes Electronics Corp. transaction."
- "Capitol Hill," Consumer
Electronics Daily, October 3, 2008
"Adam Thierer of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, who earlier warned
against the original bill's effort to grant the FCC expansive new powers, said
the version passed is better. But S-602 still 'opens the door to an expansion
of the FCC's authority over media content on multiple platforms and threatens
to undermine private, voluntary rating systems in the process,' Thierer said.
'There are better ways to help parents and protect kids.'"
- "Broadband Rollout May Duck Financial
October 3, 2008
"'Broadband is really now rolling along. It's coming into its own and it's
really booming right now,' said Bret Swanson, the director of the Center for
Global Innovation at the Progress & Freedom Foundation."
"'For the past year or so most of the turmoil has been limited to Wall Street.
The worry now is what effect a real clampdown on commercial credit would have.
If the cost of borrowing rises significantly, it could have an impact,' Swanson
said, adding that telecommunications companies rely heavily on debt."
"He hastened, however, to add, 'I don't think we're there yet. I don't think
it [the financial crisis] affects tech as much as other industries tied to Wall
"Swanson noted that with or without congressional intervention, much is
being done to alleviate the crisis. In addition to the bailouts of Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.), the Federal Reserve announced
Sept. 29 that central banks are significantly expanding initiatives to support
financial stability and to maintain a stable flow of credit to the economy."