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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
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Main Street Retailers Embrace the Internet
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Main Street Retailers Embrace the Internet

According to a recent study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation , 84 percent of their Main Street communities consider Internet usage a key factor in small-business growth. Mom-and-Pop, bricks-and-mortar businesses are looking for innovative new ways to incorporate it into their business models.

04/19/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Declaration of Independence for the Next Millenium... Internet taxes = Taxation without Repr
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Declaration of Independence for the Next Millenium... Internet taxes = Taxation without Repr

This week, the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce presented its report to Congress. Now, congressional leaders must determine the course of action that would provide consumers with the full benefits of the high-tech economy. Unfortunately, state and local politicians are raising taxes on American consumers and forcing small businesses off the Internet. They use scare tactics and half-truths to promote an agenda that would lead to higher taxes and more government spending.

04/14/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Iowa On Cutting Edge While Many States are in Stone Age
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Iowa On Cutting Edge While Many States are in Stone Age

This week, while many Americans were focused on the Internet tax debate in our nation's capital, Iowa Legislators were working on an Internet tax debate of their own. The Iowa House passed legislation to protect consumers from the grips of state and local tax collectors. More information about this development and about Iowa CSE can be found here. Unfortunately, while activists fight to repeal stone-age regulations, bureaucrats are on the lookout for loopholes and innovative new theories to tax the latest communications technologies.

04/13/2000
Alexander Graham Bell, Meet Senator William Roth
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Alexander Graham Bell, Meet Senator William Roth

Yesterday was a big day in the history of telecommunications. On March 30, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell made the fist telephone call. Countless schoolchildren have memorized his first message, "Watson come here. I need you." Over the last 124 years, the telephone has gone from being a curiosity, to a luxury item, to a common, everyday method of communication.

03/31/2000
Commission Deadlocked, but battle just beginning
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Commission Deadlocked, but battle just beginning

Regrettably, the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce has failed in its mission to provide guidance to Congress. Because of a few pro-tax commissioners who were adamant in their determination to raise taxes on consumers, the commission walked away without a recommendation.

03/22/2000

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