Internet Freedom Comes Under Attack
Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) has introduced the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act (MITFA) aiming to shove the controversial Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) through Congress by risking passage of the widely agreed upon Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA). Supporters of Internet freedom, including Americans for Tax Reform and Digital Liberty, have sent a letter to Congressrestating the problems with MFA and imploring them to separate the discussion of ITFA and MFA.
Tech Giants Urge Congress To Consider ECPA Updates
Today, September 10th, 2014, letters went to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) supporting Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform. The letters were signed by some 74 tech businesses including big names like Microsoft and Google, and advocacy groups from all sides of the political spectrum. Americans for Tax Reform and Digital Liberty urge both the House and the Senate to pass this legislation before November.
FCC Commissioner Wheeler: The Telecom Tyrant?
Federal Communications Commissioner again alludes to his intention to overstep Congressional Direction.
WASHINGTON D.C., Thursday, September 4th – Today during a speech at 1776, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed intentions that Digital Liberty believes clearly overstep FCC authority.
Coalitions at the State and National Level Ask the Senate for a Clean Internet Tax Moratorium
State and National organizations have joined together to ask the Senate to pass a clean and permanent extension of S. 1432, the Internet Tax Freedom Act. The coalition draws attention to the negative effects of allowing the Internet Tax Moratorium to expire or lapse:
Katie McAuliffe Submits Comments to the FCC on H.B 2482
Digital Liberty's Katie McAuliffe submitted her comments to the FCC regarding the Chattanooga Electrical Power Board's attempts to push the FCC to preempt state laws that would prevent it from expanding its already failing municipal broadband experiment.
Title II Bad For Business, Bad For Consumers
The FCC has been pushed on reclassifying the internet under Title II, the same set of statutes that were used to govern Ma Bell when modern telecommunications was in its infancy in the 1940’s and 50’s. With a name like “net neutrality”, or open internet rules hitting a court wall aka illegal, Title II may sound like a great idea. It’s being touted as a way to ensure that all data from all sources would be treated equally with no “fast lanes” or pricing discrimination. Who wouldn’t want to make sure the internet was a place where ideas, opinions, services, goods, and information can be freely exchanged?
Back to The Future: How a 2005 CBO Report Will Tell Us The Future
It's best to look at the past to predict the future. The FCC recently imposing auction restrictions on upcoming 600 MHz spectrum which will limit proceeds and spectrum development. A 2005 CBO analyzing unsuccessful restrictions in auction 5, 10, 11, and 22 can shed some light on the future of the FCCs newest auction.
Texan Politicians Push Tax Increase On Internet Sales
Some Texas politicians are supporting a congressional bill that would force online retailers to collect out of state taxes. The bill, the Market Place Fairness Act, would unnecessarily tax Texans and Americans while impeding small businesses ability to enter the e-commerce market.