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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.

August 10, 2016

No Regulation Without Representation


Rep. Sensenbrenner has introduced a bill that would address a long-standing issue about who should pay Internet sales taxes.under the Supreme Court's Quill decision. 

August 10, 2016

Court Slaps Down FCC Preemption of States' Muni Broadband Laws


The Sixth Circuit Court’s rejection of the FCC's unconstitutional preemption of state laws regulating municipal broadband projects is a win for constitutional federalism and taxpayers. 

August 4, 2016

Internet Sales Taxes and the Republican Platform


The Republican Party's platform has taken a strong stand against state efforts to tax internet sales across state lines, an important step given the lack of policy clarity coming from the party's presidential candidate.

August 3, 2016

Republican Platform Opposes Expansion of State Tax Power Over the Internet


The Republican Party's platform has taken a strong stand against state efforts to tax internet sales across state lines, an important step given the lack of policy clarity coming from the party's presidential candidate.

July 20, 2016

GOP Platform Keeps to Well-Trodden Policy Grounds, Observers Say


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

"No one has any idea what the Trump campaign's positions are on communications policy," Giovanetti told us. "There's no evidence at this point that there is anything approaching a policy process on the Trump campaign -- which is part of why I thought the platform was more important in this peculiar year."

July 19, 2016

Hill Telecom Leaders Tout Trump Candidacy During GOP Convention

"We salute the Congressional Republicans who have legislatively impeded [Obama's] plans to turn over the Information Freedom Highway to regulators and tyrants," the platform said. It included language similar to what IPI recommended last week: "We will consistently support internet policies that allow people and private enterprise to thrive, without providing new and expanded government powers to tax and regulate so that the internet does not become the vehicle for a dramatic expansion of government power."

July 12, 2016

GOP Draft Platform Blasts Obama for Putting 'Survival' of Internet at Risk


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Institute for Policy Innovation President Tom Giovanetti tweeted that the 2016 draft GOP platform's language on "protecting Internet from taxation and regulation is INADEQUATE" and proposed language that IPI would prefer.

July 7, 2016

San Francisco's "Tech Tax" Is a Revenue Grab, Not a Solution to Homelessness


Those who govern the City of High Taxes by the Bay have decided that even higher taxes, targeted at their most productive residents, will solve the problem of homelessness.

June 24, 2016

Watching TV Through Apps


Why, in this Golden Age of programming, should we allow the FCC to force dramatic change upon the business models of programmers and homogenize their creative output?

June 20, 2016

Only Congress Can Stop FCC's Sweeping Regulation of the Internet


The FCC’s regulation of the Internet must be viewed as being in direct contravention of Congress’ deregulatory intent, and as the biggest U.S. re-regulation in decades.

 

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