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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."

September 15, 2015

Hearing Tomorrow: Urgent For Congress to Secure Americans' Rights Through ECPA Reform


At long last, the Senate Judiciary Committee will finally hold a hearing tomorrow to discuss reforming the outdated 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, an urgent and necessary step to uphold Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights guarding against warrantless search and seizure of electronic data.

September 4, 2015

The Laws of Economics Mock the FCC


The FCC's net neutrality regulatory order has resulted in a massive hit to U.S. economic investment, and there is every reason to expect it to continue, writes IPI president Tom Giovanetti in RealClearMarkets. It's yet another self-inflicted wound on our economy through poor policy decisions.

April 23, 2015

A Down-Payment On Americans' Electronic Privacy


Updating ECPA for the Internet Age would allow Congress to show that it is sensitive to Americans’ privacy concerns and to reaffirm our Fourth Amendment protections. 

March 30, 2015

Extended Yet Again: The Debate Over State Taxation of Internet Access Will Be One for the 114th Congress

At the end of the 113th Congress, lawmakers kicked the proverbial can down the road when they left the issue of taxing internet access to the 114th Congress.  Will 2015 be the year something changes?

 

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