Bill Frezza's History of Telecom Innovation (and Not)

This Thanksgiving, try asking a college-aged relative whether they know it used to be illegal to own a phone. Today's smart-phone-owning young people do not remember the bygone era (pre-90s) when you had to rent it from the phone utility, Bell Labs. Real Clear Radio Hour host Bill Frezza has asked college audiences this question many times, as he has waged his one-man-fight to preserve institutional knowledge of the telecommunications industry. A long-time employee of Bell Labs and keen observer of the booming tech scene, Frezza knows the lore behind the stunning lack of progress under the telecom monopoly, and the amazing progress resulting from free competition. How did the industry transform from a corporate cronyist behemoth, which took seven decades to create just seven "apps", to delivering the world’s knowledge at our hip? Don’t miss Bob’s interview with Frezza, as they discuss this history, the modern development of net neutrality, and the silver lining on the regulatory clouds of ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank.

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LINKS:

Real Clear Radio Hour - Airs on Saturdays at 10am & 4pm PT on KNEW 960AM & KOSF 103.7FM-HD2 in San Francisco

Competitive Enterprise Institute - CEI.org

http://menckenism.com/ - Chronicling the decline and fall of Entitlement Democracy

Obama’s Net-Neutrality Nostalgia For When Things Were Rotten (The Daily Caller, 2/11/15)

Should we Bring Telegrams Back?

In February of 2006, the last telegram was delivered in America. Why did telegrams stop? Simple. They ceased to be profitable and were no longer needed. Hmmm. Shouldn’t those economic principles apply to the entire U.S. Postal Service? After all, it is required to operate like a business, and any business that loses billions every single year ($5.1 billion in 2011) would close up or be closed up by its creditors. However, the Postal Service has 435 members on its Board of Governors (aka House of Representatives) who insist that the office be funded for their own personal gain, yet if a private Board did that, its members would be in jail. The Service shows the merits of privatization, the malpractice of Congress and the inability of government to do anything as efficiently as private business. In this Sunday’s encore episode, Bob spoke to Ed Hudgins, the Director of Advocacy at the Atlas Society. Let’s put the Post Office in the dead letter bin.

Gambling: Hypocrisy in America

The issue of gambling in America has it all: socialism, attempts to regulate the internet, taxing the poor, government mismanagement and insane criminal laws. Why ban a harmless form of entertainment? Why create monopolies? Pervasive hypocrisy is a national embarrassment. This Sunday at noon, Bob will review gambling from a Libertarian perspective: sanity, not puritanical prohibition.

Censorship on Craigslist

This Sunday, Bob will discuss censorship of adult services on craigslist with Ryan Radia, associate director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. After state attorneys general and anti prostitution groups pressured the company to shut down the adult services section, Craigslist voluntarily agreed to go along with it and it is estimated that the company will lose 36 million dollars in revenue this year as a result. But the prostitution and escort ads will not go away, they will just migrate elsewhere on the web. What if prostitution were legalized and regulated taking away the monopoly criminals enjoy? All this has done is masque one of the symptoms of a broad based problem without fixing anything at all.  There’s a reason it’s called “the oldest profession in the world” after all.

Monopolies in the 21st Century

In this episode, Bob speaks to Barry Lynn, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. They will explain how monopolies like Wal Mart threaten free markets and eliminate the ability for small businesses to compete with conglomerates. Libertarians believe small businesses are the backbone of our economy but if large companies have the power to put them out of business, we will never again be a thriving nation.