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July 23, 2015

Growing Opposition to RAWA Bill To Ban Internet Gambling

IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Opponents of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) cited the Tenth Amendment, givings states the authority to determine whether internet gambling is allowed, and assert that proponents are empowering big government. 

June 18, 2015

New Push For Internet Sales Tax

IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Critics say the provision would allow states to harass businesses. "It opens the door to a grotesque expansion of state tax collection authority that is almost certainly unconstitutional, and places mandates upon the states that are probably unconstitutional as well," said IPI's Tom Giovanetti.

December 11, 2014

Adelson's RAWA Failed to Make it to Lame Duck Session despite Republican Majority Win

Contrary to expectations held by the Adelson group, the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) and even those who believed that crony capitalism will prevail, Congress decided not to include RAWA in the remaining days of the lame duck session.

November 17, 2014

Cruz Warns Again of Marketplace Fairness Act's Lame Duck Passage

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett Cleland

Congress shouldn't try to combine the MFA with the Internet Tax Fairness Act, which would ban Internet access taxes, said IPI's Bartlett Cleland. If that happens, the "recent protests in Hungary opposing similar attempts will look mild compared to the anger of an electorate full of online consumers that deserves much better," he said.

November 3, 2014

Branstad, Cuomo Broadband Proposals Highlight Deployment's Growth as Gubernatorial Campaign Issue

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett Cleland

Cleland said it's "remarkable" that broadband deployment has become a campaign-worthy issue for Branstad, Cuomo and others. "It's exciting because these technology issues are finally getting some of the attention that they deserve."

October 20, 2014

Ending the Cycle of Casino Cronyism

IPI experts share concern that the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, which would effectively kill online gambling across the states where it’s legal, would allow the federal government to take a heavy hand in regulating the Internet, opening the door for increased Internet regulation in the future.

October 9, 2014

Seattle Exploring Muni Broadband, Other Options After Gigabit Squared Partnership's End

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett D. Cleland

Bartlett Cleland said Seattle should be cautious about pursuing municipal broadband given a "highly suspect" track history for such projects.

October 6, 2014

Domain Names

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett Cleland

There is "every reason to believe" that the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions "will be consumed" by the ITU, said IPI's Bartlett Cleland.

September 17, 2014

Chattanooga Plays Part in FCC's Desire to Trump State Law on Government Internet

"Its tendency to overreach its authority has been magnified by the Obama administration’s general contempt for limits on federal authority,” according to the Institute for Policy Innovation. “So we can most likely expect the FCC to once again divert time and effort to a quixotic and almost certainly futile legal battle.

September 15, 2014

Muni Broadband Debate Focuses on Section 706 Authority

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett Cleland, Tom Giovanetti

IPI comments opposed both petitions because a state has a constitutional right to use its prerogative as a state to restrict municipal broadband.


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