Internet Freedom Is What America Needs, Not Net Neutrality

In 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under former President Donald Trump repealed the Open Internet Order (OIO) instituted by the FCC under the Obama Administration. The OIO reclassified fixed and mobile broadband under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 which permitted the government to heavily regulate internet service providers (ISP) as “common […]

Cities Have the Wrong Number on Cell Taxes

Cell phone taxes are putting a significant strain on the budgets of many Americans. A report published late last year by Scott Mackey at Leonine Public Affairs, LLP found that the average taxes consumers pay on wireless service increased again in 2020. While wireless costs everywhere are rising, cell taxes affect people differently in cities […]

5G Can Put the U.S. Economy into Hyperdrive if States Allow It

The Biden Administration has promised to get broadband out the all Americans. However, wiring the U.S. may not the best means to accomplish this, considering that there are already more wireless subscriptions in the U.S. than people. As wireless services continue to become much faster, a more effective and less costly means is possible – via the next generation […]

ACI Urges Maryland’s Legislature Not To Tax Online Advertising

The following is a statement by Krisztina Pusok, Directory of Policy and Research at ACI, regarding Maryland’s Digital Ad Tax: ACI strongly urges Maryland’s legislature not to overturn Governor Hogan’s veto of HB732 (Tobacco Tax, Sales and Use Tax, and Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax). The proposed digital ad tax, while vaguely worded, would have […]

Town Hall: High Wireless Taxes Hurt the Poor and Innovation

High cellular taxes contribute to the digital divide between people with high and low incomes, and they slow down the rate of technological innovation. Lawmakers should be encouraging the use of these devices and not tax them. Read this opinion piece in the Town Hall.

Real Clear Health: Make the COVID-19 Telehealth Reforms Permanent

Despite the overwhelming popularity of telehealth among patients and providers, and its overwhelming growth over the past decade, most of the reforms to telehealth are only temporary, with barriers to access once again erected once individual states declare the public health emergency over. To combat this, and ensure patients can continue to access telemedicine, states […]

To Prevent Cyberattacks: Bigger is Better

Over the past decade, American consumers have become increasingly concerned about cyberattacks, cybersecurity, and data breaches. Currently, 87% of Americans say cybersecurity should be a priority for policymakers, while only 51% believe the government is doing enough to address the threat. Over the past decade, cybercrime has grown significantly. In 2010, for example, its estimated […]

Real Clear Health: America Needs Federal Telehealth Licensure Legislation

A federal law is needed to allow telehealth providers to see patients across state lines. That would long way to mitigate the consequences of physician shortages, and it will save consumers costs and provide another avenue for healthcare service delivery. Read this op-ed in Real Clear Health

Chairman Pai’s Rural Legacy

On November 30, 2020, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced his intention to step down from his position on January 20, 2020. Chairman Pai’s decision to resign his post will allow President-Elect Biden to pick his own Chairman. While Pai’s tenure was widely seen by those on the left as one of the most […]

Coalition Letter Opposes Changes to Section 230

Today, a group of scholars and policy experts signed a letter to Congress expressing opposition to proposed legislative modifications to 47 U.S. Code § 230 (Section 230) as Part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 230 has been called the law that created Internet as we know it. Before considering any changes, we need […]