This Week on America’s Business

By April 13, 2007General

Americas Business with Mike HambrickThis week on “America’s Business,” host Mike Hambrick examines the future of Internet regulation in a “Both Sides Now” segment featuring Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, the hugely successful on-line classified ads site, and Scott Cleland, chairman of, an e-forum supported by the broadband companies.

In their first-ever joint appearance, Newmark and Cleland debate “net neutrality,” that is, the level of government control over pricing and access to the Internet. Newmark favors “net neutrality,” ensuring single-priced access to broadband carriers, while Cleland warns against government rules slowing innovation and even higher-speed communications. (Craig blogs at craigblog, and Scott blogs at Precursorblog.)

The discussion then turns to energy and infrastructure in an interview with John Fees, CEO of the Babcock & Wilcox Companies, who highlights advances in clean-coal technology and nuclear power. Scott Peterson, vice president, communications, at the Nuclear Energy Institute, then profiles America’s nuclear renaissance, which holds the promise of providing emissions-free power to drive the nation’s economy.

The IRS deadline for filing taxes is upon us, and Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, tells us the real costs of taxation in the United States.

We’ll hear more about the Commerce Department’s decision to impose anti-subsidy duties against China’s exports of coated paper products from our reporters’ roundtable, featuring Dan Neumann, associate editor of Inside U.S. Trade and Ian Swanson of The Hill.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the The American Justice Partnership seizes the reins of tort reform; the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way it Was,” and NAM President John Engler warns against the consequences of expiring tax cuts in his weekly commentary, “The Last Word.”

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