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March 18, 2016

Gagging Negative Reviews Online Impedes Commerce and Free Speech


Such actions designed to limit speech and thought are repugnant to the very meaning of being American.

February 17, 2016

Giovanetti Applauds Apple's Tim Cook For Stance on Privacy


In a statement today concerning Apple Inc.’s opposition to giving the FBI a backdoor to the iPhone, Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) president Tom Giovanetti applauded CEO Tim Cook for his stance on protecting consumers’ privacy.

February 13, 2016

Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act Passes Congress


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Congress has voted to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. For 17 years, the ban on Internet taxes has benefited millions of Americans by empowering them to conduct transactions on the Internet free from the fear of additional tax burdens. "This is a tremendous victory for America's Internet economy, and for all of us who participate in this economy", said Institute for Policy Innovation president Tom Giovanetti.

February 12, 2016

Senate Passes Customs Bill With PITFA Intact


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Passage of PITFA as part of HR-644 now "intensifies" S-698 opponents' push to "stave off the attempt" to pass that bill, said IPI president Tom Giovanetti in a statement. S-698 "has never had committee scrutiny on the Senate side and [has] never been subject to amendment on the floor." Senate Republican leaders "must commit to first submitting this legislation to the same procedures, hearings and scrutiny appropriate to any and all legislation, especially since this proposal has serious Constitutional questions," Giovanetti said.

February 11, 2016

PITFA Tremendous Victory for U.S. Internet Economy


The Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) commends the U.S. Senate for passing the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA). "This is a tremendous victory for America’s Internet economy, and for all of us who participate in this economy," said IPI president Tom Giovanetti. 

February 11, 2016

Washington Must Act On Freeing Wireless Spectrum


Washington must ensure that spectrum is being freed-up and made available for use on a regular basis in order to keep the critical wireless economy going and growing. But we’re reaching the point where the largest, most inefficient holder of spectrum is in fact the federal government.

December 3, 2015

Is SEC's Power Grab More Important Than the Fourth Amendment?


The SEC is holding up ECPA reform in an attempt to parlay more agency power, demanding a carve-out in any updated ECPA bill that would give the agency power to access your data without a warrant. 

December 2, 2015

'Tis the Season for PITFA


Speaker Ryan has an opportunity to make his mark by moving pieces of legislation that are relatively non-controversial and have broad support. The most obvious candidate is the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), set to expire Dec. 11, which bans taxes on Internet access and bans taxes that discriminate against ecommerce.

November 20, 2015

Capitol Hill: Nov. 20, 2015


IPI expert referenced: Bartlett Cleland

Institute for Policy Innovation research fellow Bartlett Cleland slammed the FCC's "mission creep," discussing the Tuesday FCC oversight hearing before the House Communications Subcommittee.

November 16, 2015

Multiple Proposed Conditions Submitted in Charter/TWC/BHN

But free-market-oriented IPI said Charter/TWC/BHN should go ahead "with the addition of conditions and concessions." Given the heavy competition in the video marketplace, IPI said, "fears that a post-merger Charter will wield overwhelming market power such that it will be able to quash such competition seems more based in Progressive Era general distrust of corporations than any informed understanding of the current video marketplace and the obvious current trends."

 

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