House Passes Internet Freedom Legislation
Yesterday, the U.S House of Representatives unanimously voted to keep the Internet from being subject to international regulation.
A La Carte Programming Would Only Hurt Consumers
The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing this morning on the State of Video, which was set to discuss all aspects of video delivery and programing. However, Senator John McCain’s proposed Television and Consumer Freedom Act of 2013, which includes a la carte programming provisions garnered considerable attention. But why reincarnate a bill that was killed in 2007, when in the years since 2007 consumer choice has only expanded?
Dodd-Frank Anniversary Calls for Reflection on Bill’s Failure, Corporate Welfare Policies
Next week marks the anniversary of the Senate’s passage of the onerous regulatory failure that is Dodd-Frank. Dodd-Frank is responsible for countless economic woes; however those caused by Senator Durbin's amendment deserve special mention in light of the Senate’s passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act.
What Does Broadband Have To Do With the Farm Bill?
I know what you’re thinking: what does a piece of legislation guiding American agriculture programs have to do with broadband access? You’re right to be asking that question since the answer should be: nothing
Survey Results Show National Wireless Average Tax is 17%, Most Think Average is Only 10%
A new MyWireless customer survey show consumers are against government intervention and regulation in the wireless space. Unfortunately, the survey also shows that consumers are woefully misinformed about how much they are taxed on their wireless bills. While the national average wireless tax is 17.1%, a majority of consumers think they pay just 10%.
More consumers need to be informed of this remarkably discriminatory tax. While 112th Congress' Wireless Tax Fairness Act, which places a five year moratorium on wireless taxes, is an excellent start, Digital Liberty and Americans for Tax Reform do not think that is enough. Wireless Taxes simply should not be higher than the sales tax. Also, in keeping with the Internet Freedom Act of 1998, which bans taxes on internet access, the data portion customers wireless service should not be taxed at all.
From My State to Yours: Internet Sales Tax Legislation Equals Cross-border Tax Liens
The Senate has been holding votes on S.743, the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA). A procedural vote was just held with 75 in favor and 22 opposed. MFA doesn't just mean taxes it means tax enforcement that includes audits, court proceedings, and tax liens.
Visit www.taxeswithoutborders.com to tell your Senator no!
ATR and Digital Liberty urge President Obama to Choose Light Touch Regulators for FCC and FTC
Yesterday, Americans for Tax Reform and Digital Liberty signed on to a coalition letter to President Obama urging him to choose new FCC and FTC Commissioners who are humble enough to recognize that agency intervention is not always necessary.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Reminds FCC to Follow Intent of Spectrum Act
Last Friday, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission expressing disagreement with the Justice Department’s April 11th submission regarding spectrum aggregation proceedings.