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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Digital Divide Dwindles Drastically
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Digital Divide Dwindles Drastically

According to recent reports released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Mediamark research, the co-called "digital divide" is quickly disappearing. As many as 134 million Americans currently have access to the Internet and conservative estimates have that total increasing to 197 million by 2003.

06/22/2000
CSE President Paul Beckner's Letter to the Senate on H.R. 3916, The Telephone Excise Tax Repeal Bill
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CSE President Paul Beckner's Letter to the Senate on H.R. 3916, The Telephone Excise Tax Repeal Bill

June 21, 2000 Dear Senator: CSE recruits, educates, motivates and mobilizes a growing army of volunteer activists to fight for less government, lower taxes and more freedom. On behalf of our 250,000 members, I urge you to vote in favor of H.R. 3916 “The Telephone Excise Tax Repeal Bill.” This is an onerous tax that affects 95 percent of Americans and must be repealed.

06/21/2000
Tech Bytes – Tid Bits in Tech News: FCC, CALLS for Lower Rates and More Explicit Subsidies
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Tech Bytes – Tid Bits in Tech News: FCC, CALLS for Lower Rates and More Explicit Subsidies

Consumers have seen the cost of their telephone service drop for years. As a result, many consumers pay about the same amount every month but have new features like caller identification and make more calls – both local and long-distance – every month.

06/01/2000
Tech Bytes – Tid Bits in Tech News: Ax the Telephone Tax, It’s Elementary
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Tech Bytes – Tid Bits in Tech News: Ax the Telephone Tax, It’s Elementary

Hey, kids! It’s time for a U.S. history lesson and in the process, we’re going to test your reading comprehension skills. Please read this chronology of the Spanish-American War and tell us which line doesn’t make any sense:

05/23/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: This Week We Remember the Maine – Every Month We Pay the Price
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: This Week We Remember the Maine – Every Month We Pay the Price

In 1898 the United States entered a brief war with Spain. It lasted less than one year. Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders were catapulted to national fame for their victories over the Spanish Army, and the United States emerged victorious with control over much of what is now Central America. To fund this war effort, President McKinley implemented a luxury tax on a new invention – the telephone. Today, Americans may remember the Spanish-American War when they think of Teddy Roosevelt or hear the expression "Remember the Maine." All Americans should remember it when they pay their monthly telephone bill.

05/18/2000
Testimony of Erick Gustafson Director of Technology and Communications Policy Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation Before the
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Testimony of Erick Gustafson Director of Technology and Communications Policy Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation Before the

Mr. Chairman, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to share my views on the work of the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (ACEC), Internet and communications taxes, and the effect they have on the digital divide. My name is Erick Gustafson, and I present these views on behalf of the members of Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation (CSE Foundation), a consumer education organization that promotes free market solutions to public policy problems. At CSE Foundation, I am the director for technology and communications policy.1

05/16/2000
Empower America Praises House Passage of the Internet Non-Discrimination Act
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Empower America Praises House Passage of the Internet Non-Discrimination Act

Today, Empower America praised the House’s action in passing the Internet Non-Discrimination Act by a vote of 352-75, which included an important five-year extension of the moratorium on new, multiple and discriminatory Internet taxes.

05/10/2000
Empower America Praises House Passage of the Internet Non-Discrimination Act
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Empower America Praises House Passage of the Internet Non-Discrimination Act

Today, Empower America praised the House’s action in passing the Internet Non-Discrimination Act by a vote of 352-75, which included an important five-year extension of the moratorium on new, multiple and discriminatory Internet taxes.

05/10/2000
Capitol Comment 275 - Clinton Has It Backward: More Telephone Service Would Result From Fewer Taxes, Not New Taxes
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Capitol Comment 275 - Clinton Has It Backward: More Telephone Service Would Result From Fewer Taxes, Not New Taxes

Amid a flurry of travel last month, President Clinton – flanked by two commissioners from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – announced new programs to help poor Americans get online. Unfortunately, his latest proposal will only trap the poorest of American consumers into yesterday’s technologies. Clinton announced a $17 million – or about 3 percent – increase to the federal Lifeline1 program, a telephone service subsidy for poor Americans.

05/09/2000
Capitol Comment 288 - Universal Service Subsidies Constrain Local Telephone Competition
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Capitol Comment 288 - Universal Service Subsidies Constrain Local Telephone Competition

For most of this century, regulators and legislators have considered cheap local phone service akin to a basic human right, nearly as important as free speech itself. Phone companies cashed in on this political preference by promising “affordable” service for all in exchange for monopolies. But now that competition in local service is legal, new competitors in the residential market find themselves up against established firms that are required by regulation to sell service at prices well below cost.

04/21/2000

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