End Discriminatory Wireless Taxes!

Taxes on cell phone and wireless services have skyrocketed to fund state budgets and federal subsidy programs. Today, the average consumer pays a whopping 17 percent in taxes on their wireless bill. Write your member of Congress and call for a tax time-out.

Industry Leaders Oppose Title II Reclassification

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) sent letters to the FCC, Senate, and House leadership Wednesday expressing their “strong opposition” to proposals by the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet as a Title II utility. Over 160 member organizations of these groups signed these letters against Title II reclassification.

Americans for Tax Reform and Digital Liberty File Comments on 911 Taxes

Americans for Tax Reform and Digital Liberty released comments to the FCC Monday regarding Alabama’s E911 fee on no-charge Lifeline customers. ATR and Digital Liberty urge the FCC to oppose this improper regulation.

Coalition Opposes Federal Ban on State-Regulated Online Gambling

WASHINGTON, DC -- As reported by the Washington Post, twelve conservative groups sent a letter to House and Senate leadership stating that states are the appropriate authority for regulating online gaming.

 

Collection of Quotes Opposing Obama Missive on Title II

After President Obama’s surprise intrusion into the independent Federal Communications Commission’s process, a number of elected officials, advocates and associations have been unmistakably clear about the negative consequences of utility regulation of broadband. 

The following is a collection of their statements urging the FCC to stand firm against the President’s habitual line stepping:

Title II Opposition Transcends Party Affiliations

On Wednesday, TechFreedom’s Berin Szoka held a video conference with three other prominent opponents of Title II. Along with Szoka, Dr. Bob Crandall of the Brookings Institute, Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee of the Minority Media Telecommunications Council, and Dr. Hal Singer with the Progressive Policy Institute discussed the pitfalls of Title II, and more importantly, explored potential solutions.

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.