Archive for the ‘regulation’ Category

Comcast And Competition

Felix Salmon concludes his post on the Comcast acquisition and broadband competition with this paragraph. So don’t count on competition to bring down prices in the broadband space. This is an area where the regulators — and only the regulators — can really be effective. Ah, the enduring faith in the ability of government to lead us […]

Where Do Illiquid Credit Markets Lead?

It’s axiomatic that the real news and analysis that matters most gets buried in the stuff that moves the needle for the radio and TV cable news networks. Case in point today is this extraordinarily good article by Felix Salmon. Let me excerpt a bit of his writing with an explanation to follow. Liquidity is […]

Rabbits, Newspaper Columns And Regulation

“You’re telling me I can kill the rabbit right in front of you,” Hahne says he asked an inspector, “but I can’t take it across the street to the birthday party” without a license? Also, the law applies only to warmblooded animals. If Hahne were pulling an iguana out of his hat — no license […]

Why No High-Density Housing In Silicon Valley

Mathew Yglesias frets that the enormous wealth spilling into Silicon Valley isn’t trickling down to the proletariat. That they are getting squeezed out of the area by skyrocketing home prices and that shouldn’t be happening. What should be happening in Silicon Valley is an enormous construction boom. There should be oodles of blue-collar jobs knocking down suburban-style […]

FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

Hopefully this won’t stand: U.S. communications regulators adopted Internet traffic rules Tuesday that prevent providers from blocking lawful content but still let them ration access to their networks. The rules aim to strike a balance between the interests of Internet service providers, content companies and consumers, but some industry analysts think a court challenge is […]

Steve Jobs As A Ninja And Other Thoughts

Not much time to post this past week, so here are some things that caught my eye along the way. Housing The emerging consensus seems to be that while the government can keep shooting bullets at the housing market for as long as they care to throw away tax payer dollars, their efforts are likely […]

The Myth Of SEC Underfunding

I was wandering around the web this afternoon and stopped by Rortybomb’s blog for a dose of progressivism. As chance would have it, his most recent post advanced the meme that lack of funding for regulatory agencies factored into the crisis. Ezra Klein and others had a series of posts and twitter exchanges about the increases […]