Digital Liberty advocates for a consumer-driven market free from heavy regulation or taxation of the Internet, technology, telecommunications, video games, and media.
Justices Confused by Plaintiff’s Argument in Section 230 Case
This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Gonzalez v. Google, a case with the potential to fundamentally change how the internet works. Many pundits had anticipated that the Court would use the case to re-evaluate the liability shield for most websites hosting user-generated content that was established by Section 230 of the Communications Act in 1996.
FCC’s New Broadband Coverage Maps Are a Great First Step
By allowing ISPs to establish a baseline and then crowdsourcing corrections and challenges, the FCC will maximize the accuracy of the data it is collecting. Doing so through an iterative process will enable them to refine the data over time and give consumers and policymakers an ever-improving tool to determine need.
Waste Watch: Nepotism and Mismanagement Create Costly Consequences for KentuckyWired
Waste Watch dives into some of the most egregious, examples of government waste that politicians are leaving for future generations of American taxpayers to clean up. The topic of the Second Edition of Digital Liberty’s Waste Watch is the haywire management of KentuckyWired. KentuckyWired is a statewide municipal broadband project that was supposed…
Americans for Tax Reform & Digital Liberty File Comments to FCC on Best Practices for Preventing and Eliminating Digital Discrimination
Americans for Tax Reform and Digital Liberty jointly filed comments on February 21st with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the agency’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Digital Discrimination. These comments explore the pitfalls that would result from the agency’s adoption of a disparate impact standard to measure digital discrimination, as opposed to a…
Waste Watch: The Dystopian Realities of the UTOPIA Project
Waste Watch dives into some of the most egregious, examples of government waste that politicians are leaving for future generations of American taxpayers to clean up. The topic of the First Edition of Digital Liberty’s Waste Watch is the disastrous UTOPIA, or the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency. Photo Credit: Brfootball, CC BY-SA 4.0…
Government Asks Court To Destroy the Internet
By Joseph Murgida Even though some scholars refer to Section 230 as the “26 words that created the Internet,” there are numerous misconceptions about its function and purpose. This month, the Supreme Court will consider the scope of Section 230’s liability protections in Gonzalez v. Google. Unfortunately, yet unsurprisingly, the Biden Administration…
Washington State High Court Makes Americans Responsible for State Taxes, Too
By: Joseph Murgida Protecting federal tax dollars from paying another state’s taxes is one of the most fundamental constitutional protections that our federal judiciary has enshrined over the past two hundred years. As early as 1819, Chief Justice John Marshall explained in the unanimous, landmark decision of McCulloch v. Maryland that “the power…
Senators Introduce Legislation to Prevent Taxation of Broadband Grants
Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) recently introduced legislation to exempt federal broadband grants from consideration as taxable income for private ISPs who received them. This would be a sensible move to prevent waste in new federal broadband programs. These grants are currently considered part of a firm’s gross…