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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.

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).

October 4, 2018

Jerry Brown, Meet the Constitution


California's effort to regulate the internet ignores the Constitution's Commerce Clause, even though the internet is the very definition of interstate commerce.

October 2, 2018

Jerry Brown, Meet the Constitution


California's effort to regulate the internet ignores the Constitution's Commerce Clause, even though the internet is the very definition of interstate commerce.

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. 

August 9, 2018

Government Must Put Innovation First in Communications Innovation, Including 5G

There is a role for government to play in the 5G rollout, and it’s not more regulation—it’s removing government impediments so the private sector can build infrastructure as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

August 6, 2018

Coalition Letter Urging Rejection of the Title II CRA


Conservative groups urge House Republicans to reject a pending Congressional Review Act (CRA) measure that seeks to re-implement Obama Administration overreaching, anti-consumer internet regulations.

July 23, 2018

Coalition Letter to Protect Americans from Internet Taxes


July 13, 2018

Coalition Letter in Support of Email Privacy Act

Coalition letter expressing support for the Email Privacy Act which was recently included in the House passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019.

June 22, 2018

Supreme Court Ruling on Sales Tax Weighs on Amazon.com, Inc.


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

It’s unclear how the new ruling will effect smaller sellers, but Institute for Policy Innovation president Tom Giovanetti is in the camp of those that sees it as a big problem for them.

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.

 

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