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‘Lobbying for the Future’ Aims to Protect Innovation for Companies Yet to Exist

Drew Clark

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WASHINGTON, September 14, 2015 – The pro-innovation advocacy organization Lincoln Labs on Monday introduced a report, “Lobbying for the Future,” which is aiming to promote policies that will benefit the companies not yet in existence. 

The report, co-authored by Derek Khanna, Aaron Ginn, Garrett Johnson, and Chris Adams, identifies these problems with with our existing legal and lobbying system:

1. Established interests protecting their turf by creating barriers to entry;
2. “Resting on our laurels” effect (a lack of hunger to grow); and,
3. Sunk cost of previous government programs or industries that are either ineffective or out of date.

The report proposes a three-fold solution:

1. Identify how to open the $6.2 trillion government sector to competition through technology, consulting-style management and competitive bidding.

2. Address how to reform the primary way the government regulates innovation, which is through patent and copyright laws, by presenting specific reform proposals consistent with the Constitution. Copyright reforms include shortening copyright terms, revising statutory damages and fair use laws, and fixing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act now in desperate need of revision. The patent system needs major reforms to drain the swamp of low-quality patents that are stifling economic growth and creating perverse incentives for the private sector. The goal should be to encourage innovation, not trolling.

3. Provide a novel proposal to systematically remove old and outdated laws and regulations stifling competition and innovation. Our “Right to Work 2.0” approach will restore economic liberty, which would open numerous sectors of the economy to dynamic competition. This proposal would eliminate the vast majority of outdated rules and regulations and would be one of the most significant changes in economic policy since President Reagan cut taxes from 70% to 28%

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney at The CommLaw Group. He has closely tracked the trends in and mechanics of digital infrastructure for 20 years, and has helped fiber-based and fixed wireless providers navigate coverage, identify markets, broker infrastructure, and operate in the public right of way. The articles and posts on Broadband Breakfast and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed, are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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Surveying Broadband Issues Faced by Students Under COVID-19, CoSN Offers Its Recommendations

The speed of the broadband service used was only one component of the issues students faced.

Benjamin Kahn

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Photo of Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium of School Networking, from Millennium Sustainable Education

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2015 – The pro-innovation advocacy organization Lincoln Labs on Monday introduced a report, “Lobbying for the Future,” which is aiming to promote policies that will benefit the companies not yet in existence. 

The report, co-authored by Derek Khanna, Aaron Ginn, Garrett Johnson, and Chris Adams, identifies these problems with with our existing legal and lobbying system:

1. Established interests protecting their turf by creating barriers to entry;
2. “Resting on our laurels” effect (a lack of hunger to grow); and,
3. Sunk cost of previous government programs or industries that are either ineffective or out of date.

The report proposes a three-fold solution:

1. Identify how to open the $6.2 trillion government sector to competition through technology, consulting-style management and competitive bidding.

2. Address how to reform the primary way the government regulates innovation, which is through patent and copyright laws, by presenting specific reform proposals consistent with the Constitution. Copyright reforms include shortening copyright terms, revising statutory damages and fair use laws, and fixing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act now in desperate need of revision. The patent system needs major reforms to drain the swamp of low-quality patents that are stifling economic growth and creating perverse incentives for the private sector. The goal should be to encourage innovation, not trolling.

3. Provide a novel proposal to systematically remove old and outdated laws and regulations stifling competition and innovation. Our “Right to Work 2.0” approach will restore economic liberty, which would open numerous sectors of the economy to dynamic competition. This proposal would eliminate the vast majority of outdated rules and regulations and would be one of the most significant changes in economic policy since President Reagan cut taxes from 70% to 28%

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FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel Unveils Proposed Rules for Emergency Connectivity Fund

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on Friday released rules for the Emergency Connectivity Fund, answering many questions about the program.

Benjamin Kahn

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Photo of Jessica Rosenworcel from the FCC

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2015 – The pro-innovation advocacy organization Lincoln Labs on Monday introduced a report, “Lobbying for the Future,” which is aiming to promote policies that will benefit the companies not yet in existence. 

The report, co-authored by Derek Khanna, Aaron Ginn, Garrett Johnson, and Chris Adams, identifies these problems with with our existing legal and lobbying system:

1. Established interests protecting their turf by creating barriers to entry;
2. “Resting on our laurels” effect (a lack of hunger to grow); and,
3. Sunk cost of previous government programs or industries that are either ineffective or out of date.

The report proposes a three-fold solution:

1. Identify how to open the $6.2 trillion government sector to competition through technology, consulting-style management and competitive bidding.

2. Address how to reform the primary way the government regulates innovation, which is through patent and copyright laws, by presenting specific reform proposals consistent with the Constitution. Copyright reforms include shortening copyright terms, revising statutory damages and fair use laws, and fixing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act now in desperate need of revision. The patent system needs major reforms to drain the swamp of low-quality patents that are stifling economic growth and creating perverse incentives for the private sector. The goal should be to encourage innovation, not trolling.

3. Provide a novel proposal to systematically remove old and outdated laws and regulations stifling competition and innovation. Our “Right to Work 2.0” approach will restore economic liberty, which would open numerous sectors of the economy to dynamic competition. This proposal would eliminate the vast majority of outdated rules and regulations and would be one of the most significant changes in economic policy since President Reagan cut taxes from 70% to 28%

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FCC Fines Company $4.1 Million for Slamming and Cramming Consumer Phone Lines

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday fined Tele Circuit Network Corporation for switching consumers’ service providers.

Benjamin Kahn

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Photo of Geoffrey Starks by Amelia Holowaty Krales of the Verge

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2015 – The pro-innovation advocacy organization Lincoln Labs on Monday introduced a report, “Lobbying for the Future,” which is aiming to promote policies that will benefit the companies not yet in existence. 

The report, co-authored by Derek Khanna, Aaron Ginn, Garrett Johnson, and Chris Adams, identifies these problems with with our existing legal and lobbying system:

1. Established interests protecting their turf by creating barriers to entry;
2. “Resting on our laurels” effect (a lack of hunger to grow); and,
3. Sunk cost of previous government programs or industries that are either ineffective or out of date.

The report proposes a three-fold solution:

1. Identify how to open the $6.2 trillion government sector to competition through technology, consulting-style management and competitive bidding.

2. Address how to reform the primary way the government regulates innovation, which is through patent and copyright laws, by presenting specific reform proposals consistent with the Constitution. Copyright reforms include shortening copyright terms, revising statutory damages and fair use laws, and fixing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act now in desperate need of revision. The patent system needs major reforms to drain the swamp of low-quality patents that are stifling economic growth and creating perverse incentives for the private sector. The goal should be to encourage innovation, not trolling.

3. Provide a novel proposal to systematically remove old and outdated laws and regulations stifling competition and innovation. Our “Right to Work 2.0” approach will restore economic liberty, which would open numerous sectors of the economy to dynamic competition. This proposal would eliminate the vast majority of outdated rules and regulations and would be one of the most significant changes in economic policy since President Reagan cut taxes from 70% to 28%

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