Proof: Regulating the Internet Means Consumers Pay More

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The American Consumer Institute sent an Ex Parte letter to the commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission explaining how the proposed reclassification of broadband services from an “information service” to a “telecommunications service” under Title II regulations would subject broadband services to a full array of new taxes, which means that consumers will be paying substantially more for their broadband services.  A PDF of […]

A Two-Prong Tax Attack on Wireless Consumers

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Taxes on your wireless services remain at all an all-time high — 10 percent higher than taxes on other goods and services — and without some close attention from fair-minded legislators, these wireless-service taxes will continue to place an unfair and discriminatory cost burden on consumers, particularly the poor and underprivileged. And things could get […]

Generational Theft: Some Deficits Hurt Young Workers the Most

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What do the national debt, Social Security, and many defined benefit pensions have in common? No one expects the citizens of one generation to pay their own way. In recent years, only part of current federal spending is covered by current tax collections – the rest is funded from borrowed money that future generations are […]

Socialized Costs of Misadventures — ACI in Real Clear Policy

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This piece, written by Alan Daley, discusses another drain on our taxes, but one that we typically don’t consider — the public costs expended in saving people who have put themselves in dangerous and hostile situations, or what he refers to as the “socialized costs of misadventures.”  To read and print the price, visit Real Clear Policy.

Time for a Permanent Internet Tax Moratorium

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A coalition of 42 companies, primarily independent nonprofit think tanks, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate calling for passage of a permanent Internet tax moratorium.  Failure for Congress to act in the next 60 days will lead to increased taxes for Internet consumers.  To read or print the letter, click here.  

We Care About Roads, Bridges, and Efficiency

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Roads and bridges are important to consumers.  But the proposal to cover the Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) shortfall with savings from reduced postal deliveries leaves us gasping at its arrogance.  The proposal is typical of DC’s flawed “ideas.”  First, some “transportation” projects should not be federally funded.  In addition, the Department of Transportation’s (DoT) […]

Consumer Alert: Unless Congress Acts, We Are Six Months from Internet Taxation

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Last month, representatives from dozens of organizations, including The American Consumer Institute, sent a letter to the leadership of several key committees that oversee various aspects of Internet regulation and economic activity. The letter implored the leadership of the importance of keeping the Internet free of taxation, something that is in jeopardy if the current […]