ACI in Forbes: Net Regs Mean Less Investment and Jobs; Higher Taxes

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Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its open Internet order. The order imposes new Internet regulations, commonly referred to as “net neutrality regulations,” and it reclassifies the Internet from a lightly regulated information service to a more heavily regulated “common carrier” telecommunications service. That reclassification puts broadband Internet services into the same regulatory category […]

Government’s Share in the Sharing Economy

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The “sharing economy” is a fanciful name for one version of commonplace independent contractor arrangements.  “Sharing” eludes to the multiparty use of an asset such as car or house bought by an individual (or small group).  Intermediaries such as UBER, Airbnb, or Peers provide promotional and booking services to the asset owner in return for […]

ACI in the Hill: Do the Right Thing; Protect the Internet

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An important bill for American consumers has arrived in the Senate.  Senators can vote to protect consumers by passing The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act (S. 431).  It is a clean, straightforward bill that tracks the consumers’ interest and it deserves quick consideration and handling. Last year, a similar bill reached the Senate after arriving […]

ACI in Forbes: FCC’s Tax and Subsidy Plan

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is contemplating a new universal service program that would subsidize broadband services for low-income consumers, and it is looking to use its Lifeline program, which currently subsidizes low-income telephone service consumers, as the model to follow.  However, a closer look at the history of the billion-plus Lifeline program shows a wasteful […]

State’s 911 Tax Hike a Non-Emergency

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Pennsylvania Consumers love their smartphones and the associated applications that deliver better access to health care, delightful entertainment, informative news and communications with our family and our friends.  Perhaps most revered are the work-related applications that improve productivity and well-being.  The future is bright – the growing sophistication of applications will further tighten consumers’ reliance […]

Too Often, Government Unjustly Seizes Property

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We are too familiar with government-imposed taxes on income, property and consumption.  But there is a sleazier class of economic attack favored by some in government; eminent domain seizures and civil forfeiture.  These seizures are narrowly focused on assets of an individual and conducted without the owner’s assent.  In some cases, the purported justification is […]

Florida’s Legislative Opportunity to Save Consumers Money

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There are several important issues scheduled for this legislative session in Florida that are worth noting because they will reduce taxes and fraud, thereby saving consumers money. First, companion bills HB 7141 and SB 110 take steps to reduce cell phone taxes. Florida consumer pay over 20% tax on cell phone bills each month. For young, minorities and […]

ACI in the Tallahassee Democrat: Cell Tax Cut is Sensible

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As part of Florida’s budget, Governor Scott proposed to cut the cell phone and TV tax rate by 3.6 percentage points. When approved by the Florida Legislature, the tax cut will save Floridians $470 million annually. These services are taxed at 9.17% for cell phone and cable TV and 13.17% for satellite TV services – […]