How do you lower ticket prices, decrease delays, increased safety, reduce congestion, benefit the environment, and increase exports? Simple: privatize air-traffic control.
The last twenty years have seen tremendous technological advances. Americans’ everyday lives have been drastically altered by the influx of innovation in medicine, transportation, communications, and more. Yet, these great leaps have oddly not penetrated America’s air traffic control towers. Today, planes in U.S. airspace are directed by the same system that was developed in the 1960s. It comes as little surprise that the U.S. has fallen behind other countries in safety, speed, fuel efficiency, and reliability of air travel. The American traveler would greatly benefit from entering the 21st century of aviation technology by depoliticizing the air-traffic control system.
Young Voices Editor Casey Given was published in Rare about the DC Circuit Court of Appeals recent ruling on net neutrality:
Robert LeFevre once famously described government as “a disease masquerading as its own cure.” Net neutrality is perhaps the best contemporary example of this truism, in which the government has not only invented not only the “disease” but the “cure” as well.
Last Monday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s controversial Open Internet Order that required Internet service providers (ISP’s) to treat all online traffic equally. Without such government-mandated protection, some techies worried that ISPs would charge customers different rates for varying amounts of monthly data, much like cell phone carriers do today.