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  • WebMemo posted November 7, 2007 by Adam D. Thierer, Jerry Brito, Edward W Felten, Richard Bennett, James L. Gattuso The Comcast Net Neutrality Controversy: A Discussion

    On October 25, the Technology Liberation Front, a technology policy weblog, hosted an online discussion [1] concerning recent actions by Comcast Corporation to limit certain types of traffic on its network in order to manage demand. This is an edited transcript of that discussion. Adam Thierer: The Associated Press reported this week that cable…

  • Commentary posted June 15, 2004 by James L. Gattuso, Randolph J. May, Adam D. Thierer Negotiate, Not Litigate

    When the D.C. Circuit Appeals Court in March once again threw out the Federal Communications Commission's rules requiring incumbent telephone companies like Verizon to share their network facilities at regulated rates, the court handed the telecommunications industry a huge opportunity. In short, there is an opportunity to replace the traditional public…

  • Testimony posted October 6, 2000 by Adam D. Thierer The Role of the FCC in the Information Age

    Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to testify on the urgent need for reform of the Federal Communications Commission. My name is Adam Thierer, and in my capacity as a regulatory policy analyst for The Heritage Foundation, I have spent the last decade studying communications and computing policy issues. Toward that end,…

  • Commentary posted August 17, 2000 by Brett D. Schaefer, Adam D. Thierer Downloading Some Common Sense

    In a world where civil wars and natural disasters rage, where millions suffer from malnutrition and hunger, and millions more die from malaria and other tropical diseases, why are world leaders spending so much time fretting about the "global digital divide," or the fact that the vast majority of the world's people lack computers and Internet access? That was the…

  • Executive Memorandum posted August 14, 2000 by Adam D. Thierer Avoiding a Telecom Trade War

    Members of Congress and officials from the European Union (EU) are engaged in a bitter war of words over telecommunications trade and investment issues. If tensions continue to escalate, this rhetorical battle could become a full-blown trade war. The dispute stems from an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary (CJSJ) appropriations bill offered…

  • Backgrounder posted April 25, 2000 by Adam D. Thierer After the Net Tax Commission: The Gregg-Kohl Nexus Solution

    After a year of contentious hearings, extensive testimony, debate, and seemingly endless political grandstanding, the congressionally appointed Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce submitted its final report to Congress on April 12, just before the deadline required by the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998.2 Although the commission was unable to generate the…

  • Executive Summary posted April 20, 2000 by Adam D. Thierer Executive Summary: How Free Computers Are Filling the Digital Divide

    As the public policy debate over America's "digital divide" intensifies, federal, state, and local policymakers are considering what steps should be taken to solve the apparent gap between the technological "haves" and "have nots." The issue has two components: the wiring of classrooms for educational purposes and the wiring of homes to ensure that all Americans have…

  • Backgrounder posted April 20, 2000 by Adam D. Thierer How Free Computers Are Filling the Digital Divide

    As the public policy debate over America's "digital divide" intensifies, federal, state and local policymakers are considering steps to solve this apparent gap between the technological "haves" and "have-nots." The issue has two major policy components. The first deals with the "wiring" of classrooms for educational purposes and the role of technology in educating…

  • Commentary posted March 23, 2000 by Adam D. Thierer E-Commerce: A Taxing Issue

    Internet retailers are breathing a sigh of relief, at least for now. The congressionally appointed Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (ACEC) has called for extending the current moratorium on electronic taxes. But only a simple majority voted that way, not the "supermajority" needed to forward a recommendation to Congress, emboldening e-tax advocates willing…

  • Commentary posted March 1, 2000 by Adam D. Thierer Divided Over the Digital Divide

    Talk of solving America's "digital divide" is the topic du jour among politicians these days. President Clinton has called for "a national crusade" to ensure that every American has a home computer and Internet access. His latest budget proposes dozens of new high-tech pork-barrel spending programs to bridge the gap between America's technological "haves" and "have…

  • Executive Memorandum posted February 14, 2000 by Adam D. Thierer, Gregg VanHelmond The President's Budget Proposes a High-Tech Pork Barrel

    President Clinton's recently released fiscal year (FY) 2001 budget contains a veritable high-tech pork barrel of new federal programs and spending initiatives. Among them are plans to spend roughly $2 billion on a "national crusade" to solve an alleged "digital divide" separating the Internet haves and have-nots. Despite the amazing spread of digital technology…

  • Executive Summary posted February 4, 2000 by Adam D. Thierer Executive Summary: The NGA's Misguided Plan to Tax the Internet and Create a New National Sales Tax

    A heated showdown over the taxation of the Internet is taking place within the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (ACEC), appointed by Congress under the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 to study the feasibility of taxing the Internet and electronic transactions. The commission's final report to Congress is due in late April. So far, however, members have…

  • Executive Memorandum posted February 1, 2000 by Adam D. Thierer A "Digital Divide" or a Deluge of Opportunity?

    During his State of the Union address on January 27, 1999, President Bill Clinton argued that "a national crusade" was necessary to connect all Americans to the Internet. The Administration sees a "digital divide" between those in America who have access to the Internet and those who do not. The President and supporters of his plan in the Administration and…

  • Commentary posted November 17, 1999 by Adam D. Thierer A Dark Day for the Internet

    The federal government's jihad against Microsoft has been grabbing all the headlines, but another legal fight recently underway could play just as large a role in shaping the future of the Internet. The case is AT&T vs. City of Portland, and at stake is whether the development of so-called "broadband" Internet service will be governed by thousands of local regulators…

  • Commentary posted November 3, 1999 by Adam D. Thierer Internet Taxes Could Crash the System

    If Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall was right 180 years ago when he observed that "the power to tax involves the power to destroy," then the 19 members of the federal Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce should ask themselves today: Will taxing the Internet kill this revolutionary medium in the cradle? Regrettably, some members of the commission,…