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The Grinch Who Taxed the Internet | Commentary

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., seems poised to take one last shot at changing how online purchases are taxed. Reid has signaled he’ll bring the unpopular Marketplace Fairness Act up for a vote by tacking it onto the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which is headed for certain renewal.

Congress Must Block These Attacks on Independent Science | Commentary

House leaders have decided that one of the most important things they can do during the lame duck session is to vote on two bills that would cripple good, science-based policy.

'Tis the Season to Right a Shopping Wrong | Commentary

The start of the holiday shopping season has evolved from a single day, Black Friday, to a five-day stretch of promotions and discounts, and is now on the verge of consuming almost all of November. Technology that enables easy, at-home shopping has benefited both retailers and consumers, but it often exploits a major tax loophole that gives online retailers an unfair advantage and leaves consumers vulnerable to tax penalties. It’s time for Congress address the online sales tax disparity head on, in a way that takes the burden off consumers and makes the relationship between brick-and-mortar stores and their online counterparts more equitable.

More Choices and Flexibility for Cable Subscribers Means the Cable Revolution Can Be Televised

To their credit, both Time Warner and Viacom are listening to what many TV viewers have been asking rhetorically now for decades: “Why should subscribers to cable, satellite and fiber-video programming services have to buy through tiers of unwanted cable and satellite TV channel packages in order to access the channels and services that they value and have the available time to watch and to use?”

Privately-Funded Space Research Leverages Scarce Public Funding | Commentary

Roll Call recently reported on Sen. Tom Coburn’s final “Wastebook” with negative descriptions of two of my company’s customers’ use of the International Space Station. Coburn went on to call for canceling the ISS entirely, which he claimed would save $3 billion, not understanding these two projects are mostly privately funded.

E-Commerce, Taxpayer Rights On the Line in Lame Duck | Commentary

Most everyone in Washington is fixated on Election Day: November 4. But another date just around that corner also looms large for taxpayers and the Internet: December 11. On that day, the federal ban on Internet access taxes is scheduled to expire. If it’s not extended, states and localities across the country could immediately begin assessing taxes that would make it more expensive for Americans to check their email, read blogs, or watch online videos.

Tick Tock: The Time for Electronic Privacy Reform is Now | Commentary

In 1986, Top Gun and Crocodile Dundee were packing movie theaters. Peter Gabriel and The Bangles were putting out hit music. Microsoft held its initial public offering of stock shares.

Tastes Great? Less Filling? Title II 'Lite' Is Anything But | Commentary

In the Miller Lite ads of the 1980s, famous shortstops and linebackers argued whether the pilsner’s chief virtue was its surprising flavor or its low calorie count. “Tastes great,” insisted some. “Less filling,” the others replied.

Congress Plays Politics With the Internet | Commentary

In a town where Democrats and Republicans can hardly agree on anything, Congress has the unique opportunity to pass legislation that is both bipartisan and popular: extending the ban on Internet access taxes. The Internet Tax Freedom Act, which prohibits politicians from slapping new taxes on Internet access, is currently scheduled to expire at the end of October. Despite its wide support, Congress is dragging its feet on renewal, meaning consumers could find themselves paying even more in taxes. Legislators need to get off the sidelines and protect unfettered online access for all Americans and by passing a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act.

How the FCC Open Internet Rules Are Evolving

The following is a timeline of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Rules, and how they affect mobile broadband.

Mobile Web Use Causes Challenges for Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 Open Internet Rules, intended to prevent Internet service providers such as cable and phone companies from blocking or discriminating against content, didn’t cover wireless Internet services, or mobile broadband, to the same extent as fixed broadband.

Will the FCC and Congress Stand Up for Women's Safety? | Commentary

Ray Rice is not the only reason that we, as a society, have far to go in stopping violence against women. People may argue the circumstances surrounding the Baltimore Ravens running back, and the video showing him knocking his fiancée out cold in an Atlantic City elevator, are exceptions to the common American experience. He’s a star, football is an inherently violent sport, the media is on a feeding frenzy, and money and reputations are at stake.

E-Waste Export Policy Key to Stopping Electronics Counterfeits and Protecting Military Readiness | Commentary

As highlighted in a 2012 report by the Senate Armed Services Committee, a flood of counterfeit electronic parts from China threatens the reliability of sophisticated defense technologies from thermal weapon sights to advanced missile systems and from aircraft to submarines. Each of us shared our perspectives with the committee, which found more than 1,800 cases of counterfeit parts in defense systems. But like the proverbial tip of the iceberg, what we can see is only a small part of the problem.

Congress' Responsibility to Protect the Government is Paramount | Commentary

August is usually a quiet month in Washington, but this summer’s recess was interrupted by news of a data breach at the federal contractor United States Investigations Services. The breach may have exposed the personal information of up to 25,000 government employees, including undercover government investigators and border agents, and has raised alarm on Capitol Hill. The implications for our national security are serious and could get worse.

Millennials to the FCC: 'Don't Break the Internet' | Commentary

Bureaucrats in Washington are trying to use a law passed in 1934 to take over the Internet. The Federal Communications Commission wants to unlawfully use a provision known as “Title II” to regulate the Internet as a public utility.

Science Funding -- Do We Know What We Get for Our Money? | Commentary

With the exception of one-time stimulus funding, our national investment in fundamental research has flat-lined since the Bush years. But there’s more to the story than research spending.

It's Time for the FCC to Call Off Its Convoluted Power Grab | Commentary

A potential heavy-handed federal power grab is threatening the fabric of constitutional federalism, and Congress is divided on whether to interfere.

Keep the Internet Free of Taxes | Commentary

Congress has fewer than 50 days to permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act and prevent an unnecessary and detrimental tax from being inflicted on the American people.

Keeping the Internet Open and Free | Commentary

From Eastern Europe to the South China Sea, to Northern Iraq and Syria, the West’s post-war world order faces challenges today that were unimaginable two decades ago.

Policies of the Future Should Not Be Tied to Science of the Past | Commentary

Fighting the last war over again is a bad strategy for future military planning. Using science of the past in crafting technology policies for the future is just as foolish. Yet that’s what’s happening in the debate over refilling the Highway Trust Fund’s depleted financial tank.




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