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Bartlett D. Cleland

Research Fellow

Bartlett D. Cleland is a research fellow with the Institute for Policy Innovation.

Cleland represented IPI as a member of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force and contributed to its final report, released in January 2009. The Task Force was created in February 2008 at the request of 49 state attorneys general to identify effective tools and technologies to keep kids safe online. 

He currently serves as private sector co-chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force. Cleland also serves on the Internet Education Foundation Board of Directors, which involves working closely with the Internet Caucus and such projects as GetNetWise, a project to assist parents in understanding the Internet and how to protect children on-line. 

Cleland began his professional career in the human resources field with Lee Hecht Harrison as a consultant for executive outplacement.  He went to Washington, D.C. in 1995 to work for Senator John Ashcroft, serving as the Senator’s technology counsel from 1996 - 1998.  At the same time, he held various management positions, ultimately serving two years as operations director.  From 1998 to 2000, he worked for Americans for Tax Reform as technology and policy counsel, and advised Commissioner Grover G. Norquist on the Advisory Committee on Electronic Commerce.  From 2000 to 2005, he served as the Associate General Counsel and VP, Software, at the Information Technology Association of America.

Bartlett graduated from Millikin University with a B.S. in philosophy and business administration.  He received his Masters of Business Administration, as well as his law degree with a specialization in international and comparative law, from St. Louis University.  He is admitted to the Missouri bar.

March 21, 2019

Expanding Broadband Access while Preserving Market Competition


Proposed legislation in Georgia would expand broadband access by allowing electric co-ops to enter the broadband market. It also properly includes the necessary protections to ensure competition, such as barring the new co-op broadband entrants from charging exorbitant fees to their competitors for utility pole attachment.

March 6, 2019

Letter to the Georgia Legislature On Pole Attachment Fees


February 7, 2019

Local Governments Want to Expand Broadband--and Their Tax Grab


The FCC is proposing to reaffirm its cable franchising rules, which are needed to limit local governments' efforts to increase their reach, regulations and fees (i.e., taxes).

January 31, 2019

Smart Tech Needs Sound Policy


Innovation continues to outpace government, especially the capacity of legislatures to design sound policy frameworks. The danger is that poor policy will hamper the rollout of smart technology.

January 4, 2019

California Schemin'


A successful consumer data privacy law would be a federal law that addresses interstate issues.

November 1, 2018

Taking a BAT to the Wayfair Decision


Congress is already thinking about how to restore the notion of taxation only with representation—i.e., restore a physical-presence standard, by simplifying business activity taxes (BAT).

August 31, 2018

Driverless Cars Are Driving Safer Roads in Texas


Surveys show that much of the public is concerned about driverless cars; but pilot programs in Texas will hopefully dispel those fears. 

June 7, 2018

Can You Understand Me Now? Privacy Policy Basics


Contracts depend on all parties understanding what they are agreeing to. That's the starting point for privacy policy reform.

April 13, 2018

Supreme Court Could Allow the Wayfair Waylay


The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that could allow states to force businesses in other states to collect internet sales taxes for them, not because of declining state revenues, but because of increased state spending.

February 16, 2018

Voters Must Ensure Government Answers This Emergency Call


When government charges a dedicated fee (or tax), the money should go for that purpose—especially when people's lives may depend on it—and not be siphoned off for unrelated purposes.

 

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The "UN-Internet" Is Coming

This TechByte by Bartlett D. Cleland explains how Internet governance is managed now and how the freedom we have taken for granted is about to be under direct attack.

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