Cyber Security Might Begin With Modest Legislation

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  Several data security bills are afoot in the House.  They identify obligations triggered by a cyber-breach of entities who collect and maintain personal information of individuals.  A congressional bill, H.R. 1770, defines personally identifiable information (PID) and requires notification of consumers whenever there is an important breach of PID that is stored by a […]

When Privacy Can be Lethal

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The recent airliner crash in Europe raises questions about European privacy laws.  A European Union (EU) law known as “the right to be forgotten” is rooted in sentiment that on the Internet, we deserve to control how we are viewed by others. Along the road to that law’s adoption it leaned on evidence from some […]

The FCC Fails Consumers, But Who Wins?

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As everyone knows by now, the FCC enacted net neutrality last week by reclassifying it much like a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. But after years of buildup, 4 million comments submitted to the FCC (thanks John Oliver), hundreds of articles and even a Vox explainer(!), it seems that […]

Consequences of Treating Broadband as a Public Utility

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The FCC is poised to vote on reclassifying broadband services as a common carrier, innocuously referred to as net neutrality regulations. From the outset, the net neutrality rules were unnecessary, did not address any apparent market failure, and protected companies instead of encouraging competition. While advocates for these regulations promised free, open and neutral internet, […]

Did the FCC Lie about Net Neutrality?

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Reclassification Could Be Costly for Consumers As a means to establish and promulgate new Internet rules, commonly referred to as net neutrality regulations, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appears to be on the verge of reclassifying Internet services from a less-regulated “information service” to a much stricter public utility-style “common carrier telecommunications service.” The regulatory […]

Taxing the Internet is a Bad Idea

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Earlier this month, House members introduced a new bill that would make the Internet Tax Freedom Act permanent. First passed in 1998, the Internet Tax Freedom Act was a 15-year ban on the taxation of Internet access. The bill has been continually extended in a patchwork fashion, most recently at the end of 2014 to […]

ACI in The Hill: Internet Regs Will Harm Consumers

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This month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will likely approve net neutrality rules which will, for the first time, impose significant federal regulatory authority on Internet services and over Internet Service Providers (ISPs). After nearly a decade of intense clamoring by advocacy groups, who have called for a “free” and “neutral” and “open” Internet, net […]