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Economists have long recognized that technological innovation and enhanced communication increase productivity and reduce friction in economic activity.  And never before has technology’s impact on economic growth been as evident as it is today.

At IPI, we focus on technology and communications policy not only because it’s critical to economic growth, but also because government’s inherent tendency to regulate prospectively poses an active threat to the economic gains and lifestyle enhancements made possible by technological innovation.

The communications and technology industries are among the country’s most competitive and the biggest capital investors in the U.S. economy, and are thus prime engines of economic growth and job creation. It is critical that public policy encourages continued innovation and investment in the tech sector, and that we don’t limit the innovation upside with counterproductive taxes and regulations.

October 20, 2016

The Worm in Netflix's Apple


Instead of succeeding through private, free-market negotiations, Netflix chose to lobby for favorable treatment from government regulators.

October 12, 2016

Is Using Your Mobile Phone a Sin?


Governments at all levels have demonstrated a gluttonous appetite for revenue, and one of government’s favorite tactics is to attach high taxes to high demand products and services.

October 5, 2016

Gross Violations of Fourth Amendment Right to Electronic Privacy


This week’s news should make passage of the Email Privacy Act a no-brainer, but for the sole opposition of Senator Cornyn.

September 29, 2016

FCC Chairman Delays His Ill-Advised Set-Top Box Proposal


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today pulled his ill-advised set-top box proposal from a scheduled vote, which is a good thing. The proposal has not been made public for comment and review, exceeds the FCC's jurisdiction, and creates significant new problems.

September 22, 2016

Transparently Hypocritical at the FCC and Public Knowledge


The FCC is slated to vote on a controversial set top box proposal by Chairman Wheeler that no one outside the FCC has seen.

September 13, 2016

Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) Salutes FCC Commissioner Pai for Reviving Our Broadband Enterprise Zone Proposal


September 7, 2016

Will Telehealth Be Improved or Restricted?


Consumers and doctors should have the choice to find the right means of care that works best in each situation. Technology continues to make such tailored care a reality if not blocked by government.

September 1, 2016

Do Copyright Office Concerns Matter to the FCC?


What happens when one expert agency calls out another expert agency? We're about to find out, as the Copyright Office has described major problems with the FCC's set-top box proposal.

August 25, 2016

Who Will Protect Us from Our Government Protectors?


We must stand up to government agencies that think they are somehow entitled to exemptions from Fourth Amendment protections.

August 11, 2016

The Constitution Catches Up With Chairman Wheeler


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler tried to defy one of the simplest, most basic constitutional limits on federal power—and he lost

 

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