Regulation in Search of a Problem: Lakely’s Podcast from the CES

Published January 8, 2010

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 8, 2010) – A panel of infotech experts at the Consumer Electronics Show here weighed in on consumers’ reluctance to buy into broadband availability, net neutrality, and other key policy issues.

The panel discussion centered on increased government involvement as a way to overcome perceived shortcomings on these issues. Michael Turk, director of Digital Society, disagreed with the panel’s take on several issues.

Jim Lakely, co-director of the Center on the Digital Economy at The Heartland Institute, interviewed the pro-market Turk on these and other issues, and you can hear his fascinating on-site interview in a podcast at, a project of The Heartland Institute.

Why do 45 percent of consumers who could have access to broadband refuse to take advantage? Hint: It’s not the price.

Lakely, managing editor of Heartland’s online newspaper, InfoTech & Telecom News, is providing regular coverage of the world’s largest consumer technology trade show with an eye on public policy and trends that either advance or threaten freedom in the digital economy.

Using Twitter for constant updates during the show, podcasts for on-site interviews, and blog postings and news reports as they occur at the show, Lakely is reporting on developments at the tech bazaar that free-market consumers will find nowhere else in new media or old.

And like any good geek, Lakely will report through Sunday on the cool new gadgets that will be must-have items in the year to come.

“When the show ends on Sunday,” Lakely added, “ will move into 24/7 coverage of our industry through daily reporting by writers and RSS feeds from leading online news sources and informed readers.” is a project of The Heartland Institute, a 25-year-old free-market think tank based in Chicago that discovers, develops, and promotes free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Such solutions include parental choice in education, choice and personal responsibility in health care, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies.

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