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April 15, 2013

Internet sales tax again on agenda

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett Cleland

While Rep. Steve Womack takes another crack at legislation that would help states collect taxes on Internet sales, IPI's Bartlett Cleland warns the measure would hurt businesses. Cleland says businesses will shoulder the burden of increased audits and additional tax payments that should be collected by states "who can't figure out how to clean up their own messes internally" and collect the tax from customers.

April 10, 2013

Enzi's 'Marketplace Fairness Act' a Trojan horse

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett Cleland

If passed, the MFA will increase taxes as “multiple jurisdictions lay claim to the same transaction and demand payment,” said IPI's Bartlett Cleland. The proposal “does away with any requirement that a business have a physical connection in a jurisdiction before it can be required to levy taxes on its sales.”

April 8, 2013

Wyoming U.S. Sen. Enzi: Online sales tax isn't new tax

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett D. Cleland

IPI's Bartlett Cleland says the Marketplace Fairness Act would compel businesses to comply with every single tax code in the nation if they want to sell their goods everywhere. And noncompliance could mean a costly audit from the states where sellers are sending their products.

April 1, 2013

Taxman Eyeing Cable Services

Nearly a half-dozen tax proposals affecting Internet operations are expected to appear on the congressional agenda, with many of them affecting broadband and cable services.

February 21, 2013

Georgia Bill Stirs Fight Over Municipally Owned Networks

IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Georgia's House Bill 282 is reigniting controversies and conversation on whether states should limit municipal broadband networks.

February 8, 2013

Get out of the business of regulating copper wires

The Federal Communications Commission is not able to flexibly adapt to changed  circumstances in the communications world, according to officials on how to the transition to internet protocol networks.

February 8, 2013

Get Out of the Business of Regulating Copper Wires, Say FCC Critics at Internet Protocol Event

The FCC is not able to flexibly adapt to changed  circumstances in the communications world, according to officials . In a January letter to the FCC, IPI chastised: “It borders on the absurd to require that companies like AT&T maintain two parallel networks, a forward looking one that is desired by consumers and businesses; but also an expensive legacy network that is necessary only to comply with outdated regulations.”

December 21, 2012

ALEC Eyes IP Regulation Laws, Municipal Broadband Reservations for 2013 Priorities

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett D. Cleland

ALEC's Communications and Technology Task Force is examining "uber trends" affecting the telecom world, big changes that won't be easy to "crystallize into model legislation," as the heavyweight organization has often done in the past, said IPI's Bartlett Cleland, Private Chair.

August 10, 2012

Court Records Show Comcast Sought Stay of FCC Tennis Channel Carriage Order

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett D. Cleland

IPI's Bartlett Cleland opposed the FCC order granting Tennis Channel's program carriage complaint against Comcast, calling the 3-2 ruling a "further erosion by the FCC of the freedom to contract, and hence property rights protection."

July 19, 2012

Capitol Hill

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett D. Cleland

Sens. Dick Durbin and Mike Enzi are "pro-taxers" who are "trying to avoid a debate on the merits" of an e-commerce sales tax bill by adding it as an amendment to the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act, the Institute for Policy Innovation said Wednesday to Communications Daily.


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