Obama’s Net Neutrality regulations, came into effect in 2015 to restrict internet service providers from limiting bandwidth to particular sites. The regulation, which Heritage and Heritage Action have stood against for a long time, officially ended on Monday. Now, the FCC has replaced Net Neutrality with the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which the Federal Communications Commission claims will decrease red tape and increase freedom and free market principles on the Internet.

Earlier this year, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy, James L. Gattuso criticized Obama in an op-Ed published in The OC Register for making consumer prices more likely to rise. Because the regulations weren’t enforced fairly by the FCC, it made it more difficult for companies to pay for their costs and “left the consumer to carry the load,” said Gattuso.

In another report published on Heritage’s website, Gattuso outlined his critiques of Net Neutrality at greater length, suggesting that the Internet is like any other market, and would enjoy better price competition, freedom of access, and innovation without the Net Neutrality restrictions on internet traffic.

Heritage’s partner organization Heritage Action for America also put pressure on Congress by key voting against Net Neutrality this month. This key vote is an influential means for Heritage Action to impact the votes of members of Congress and the Senate: a Congressman’s vote on an issue that Heritage Action has key voted will impact that congressman’s score on Heritage Action’s influential scorecard, which uses congressmen’s voting history to tell constituents how conservative their representatives are.

Moving forward, Heritage has high hopes for the future of the Internet, and assured supporters of net neutrality in a Daily Signal article that the Internet will still exist despite the ending of the regulation.

Do you believe that the government should regulate internet use? If so, to what extent?

With all eyes on this week’s historic summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, I thought you might be interested to know that The Heritage Foundation was the only major think tank on-site as it happened.  Heritage’s Olivia Enos, who has provided extensive analysis on the situation with North Korea and their human rights record, flew to Singapore to closely monitor the summit and proudly represent your conservative principles there.

While in Singapore, Olivia provided commentary on the unfolding events, and conducted numerous interviews to keep a steady focus on our priorities: denuclearization of North Korea and an end to the oppression of the North Korean people. For example, BBC interviewed Enos twice on Monday, once on her perspective on President Trump’s agenda, and again on her assessment of how events were unfolding in Singapore and the importance of dismantling North Korea’s prison camps. The night of the summit, she appeared on Fox Business to discuss human rights, and did an immediate reaction segment on Fox News immediately following the signing ceremony between Trump and Kim. In a final interview she did Thursday morning with the BBC, she discussed the summit and what the United States’ goals should be in negotiations moving forward.

Thanks to your support for Heritage, you’re making it possible for experts like Enos to be the voice for conservative priorities in international affairs.

What do you think are the best next steps after the Trump-Kim summit?

Nolan Peterson is The Daily Signal’s foreign correspondent, focusing on the war between Russia and Ukraine that has not received as much attention as it deserves among major news sources. We talked to Peterson this week to get his insight into why he works with The Daily Signal, and why telling the story of the war is so important.

Why are you a conservative?

After a career as an Air Force special operations pilot, and after years of experience in war zones as a conflict journalist, I understand that the United States remains a beacon of hope for people fighting for their freedom around the world.

I feel like conservative principles best reflect my belief in the right of every person to live in freedom—and I believe that’s a right worth fighting for.

What brought you to work at The Daily Signal?

I first reported on the war in Ukraine in the summer of 2014 while working as a freelance journalist.

I saw firsthand a Russian invasion of a sovereign European country. Tank battles, heavy artillery barrages, rocket attacks—Europe’s only ongoing land war was of an intensity far beyond anything I ever witnessed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

And yet, back in the U.S., the war felt like a secret.

When the war intensified, I looked for a news outlet that was willing to invest in me to report on the war from the front lines.

The Heritage Foundation saw the value in my proposal and invested in my long-term presence in the region. The Daily Signal—and Rob Bluey in particular—understood the long-term value to the American people to be informed about this war.

They took a chance on me, and, in the end, I think it’s paid off.

In 2015, I was the first American journalist to embed with the Ukrainian regular army in combat. And, after more than four years of war, I’m still among only a handful of U.S. journalists permanently based in Ukraine.

Why did you choose to become a foreign correspondent in the Ukraine?

There’s a line I’ve used in a few of my articles that I think succinctly answers this question: “The only way to prevent another world war from happening, is to believe that it could.”

In 2014 I raised alarms that the war in Ukraine could spill over into a larger conflict across Eastern Europe, which could ultimately embroil NATO.

I remember the eye rolls I got from other journalists at that time when I voiced this opinion.

Now, four years later, NATO is building up its forces in the Baltics and across Eastern Europe, U.S. and Russian forces have gone head to head in Syria, and relations between Moscow and Washington have hit a post Cold War nadir.

War between the U.S. and Russia is no longer unthinkable. But we should have seen this coming four years ago. When it comes to the recent tensions between Russia and the West, all roads lead back to Ukraine. So—we have to pay attention to what’s happening in Ukraine. And we have to take seriously the possibility that this war could get much bigger, and much worse.

What is a normal day like for you?

No day is ever the same. I firmly believe in “boots on the ground” journalism, so I frequently travel to the places I cover. Whether at the conflict areas in eastern Ukraine, embedded with the Kurdish peshmerga on the front lines against ISIS in Iraq, aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier off the coast or Syria, or at a coffee shop in Kyiv for a face-to-face interview—I try to get away from the computer screen as much as I can.

Otherwise, I have a pretty strict routine of waking up early to write and then going about doing interviews and editing in the afternoons. Evenings I leave open for the most important part of my day—time with my wife.

Why should conservatives care about the topics you report on?

Our national values are at stake in Ukraine.

Ukrainians are fighting for intangible goals like freedom and democracy, and for the right to chart their own future free from Russian oppression.

Ukrainians are fighting for uniquely American values, and they see our country as a symbol for the kind of future they want to achieve for themselves and their children one day.

“If we win here, we win everywhere,” Ernest Hemingway wrote in his novel about the Spanish Civil War, “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

I believe that, in our time, the same can be said about Ukraine. It’s not just Ukraine’s future at stake in this war. It’s the everlasting promise of freedom and democracy for all people. If there ever was a country that deserved American help in pursuit of their freedom, it’s Ukraine. And that’s the story I want to tell.

What questions do you have for Nolan?

Last Thursday, Heritage expert Helle Dale sat down with Grace Kennan Warnecke, Chairman of the Board of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, to talk about Warnecke’s firsthand experiences with the Cold War and the Soviet Union.

Warnecke, daughter of influential diplomat George F. Kennan, lived through both the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. She attended a Soviet school during World War II, accompanied Ted Kennedy and his family to Russia, helped Joseph Stalin’s daughter defect to America, and worked to restore economic prosperity to women in Ukraine after the wall fell.

Watch Warnecke recount her story:

What lessons do you think we can learn from the Cold War today?

Anchoring the Western alliance is key, Assistant Secretary of State A. Wess Mitchell said Tuesday in remarks at The Heritage Foundation. Under President Trump, America is finally accepting its responsibilities to Europe and aims to put real resources into its defense, He said.“The stronger we are today,” he says, “the less likely a certain school of rivals can choose our path for tomorrow.”

In his closing statement, Mitchell reassured us that the United States is making important progress in strengthening Europe. As a follower of Heritage’s research for years, Mitchell thanked us for “bringing original ideas to the policy debate here in Washington.”

The Heritage Foundation is honored to facilitate discussions on U.S. interests in foreign policy. With your help, we hope to continue to assist leaders in Washington by hosting platform that discusses sound policies which defend our national security.

Watch the event here:

What do you think about America’s relationship with Europe right now?

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