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Free speech on the Internet, after taxes

California lawmakers have met to consider a new $500-million tax on Internet commerce. Some have dubbed this the “iTax” because of its application to Apple’s iTunes digital music store, but Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, is targeting more than just songs. In reality, AB 1956 is a “free speech tax” imposing ...
Business & Economics

Calif. May Let Special Interests Mine Internet

On February 22, the last day to introduce new legislation in the 2007-2008 session, California’s lawmakers unleashed more than 650 bills. In this barrage, legislators seek to derail one of the state’s thriving industries: the technology sector. This bipartisan agenda targets e-commerce, arming bureaucrats with vast new authority to monitor, ...
Business & Economics

FCC Holds Kangaroo Court at Stanford

Though commissioner (and net neutrality opponent) Robert McDowell expressed disappointment over Comcast’s absence, the company understandably kept its distance from what quickly deteriorated into a kangaroo court. With 70 percent of the panelists, and 100 percent of the public comments supporting strict regulations and penalties, it appears that the verdict ...
Business & Economics

Why Google Won’t Spare Any Change

East Valley Tribune (AZ), April 12, 2008, p. 71 Google’s innovation gives way to lobbying What can you buy for $45 billion? Just about anything you want — except, of course, the world’s second-most popular search engine. Yahoo recently rejected Microsoft’s enormous offer. And now the jilted tech giant has ...
Business & Economics

California Lawmaker Says Speech Should be Free on the Internet … After Taxes?

Next week California lawmakers meet to consider a new $500-million tax on Internet commerce. Some have dubbed this the “iTax” because of its application to Apple’s iTunes digital music store, but Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-Whittier) is targeting more than just songs. In reality, AB 1956 is a “free speech tax” ...
Business & Economics

Cheap as Intel chips? Not if EU gets its way

INTEL’S chief executive recently travelled to Brussels to defend his company against government attack. The EU’s two-day closed-door hearing comes just one month after the European authorities had stormed Intel’s offices in a surprise early morning raid. And what crime had the world’s dominant computer-chip manufacturer committed to warrant such ...
Business & Economics

What ‘net neutrality’ really means to consumers

WASHINGTON- In the past, when government has attempted to regulate networks, the result has been less choice, less innovation and more corruption. In the telecommunications industry, such regulations were so damaging that a second wave of regulations was devised to undo the damage caused by the first. Despite this historical ...
Business & Economics

Wireless with Strings Attached: Net Neutrality and the Grounding of Wireless Innovation

In the digital age, Americans are more “connected” than ever before. The Internet and mobile devices serve as powerful platforms for real-time interaction. Thanks to the commercial potential of these technologies, the marketplace has been flooded with creative new businesses and tools. The rapid growth of these technologies, however, has ...
Business & Economics

State legislators: There’s gold in that ‘net

California’s lawmakers seek to derail one of the state’s thriving industries: the technology sector. This bipartisan agenda targets e-commerce, arming bureaucrats with vast new authority to monitor, regulate and tax the Internet. A recent survey of the Silicon Valley’s economy reveals that policy makers should study and replicate this unique ...
Business & Economics

There’s Gold in That Net: Golden State’s Legislators Could Let Special Interests Mine the Internet

On February 22, the last day to introduce new legislation in the 2007-2008 session, California’s lawmakers unleashed more than 650 bills. In this barrage, legislators seek to derail one of the state’s thriving industries: the technology sector. This bipartisan agenda targets e-commerce, arming bureaucrats with vast new authority to monitor, ...
Business & Economics

Free speech on the Internet, after taxes

California lawmakers have met to consider a new $500-million tax on Internet commerce. Some have dubbed this the “iTax” because of its application to Apple’s iTunes digital music store, but Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, is targeting more than just songs. In reality, AB 1956 is a “free speech tax” imposing ...
Business & Economics

Calif. May Let Special Interests Mine Internet

On February 22, the last day to introduce new legislation in the 2007-2008 session, California’s lawmakers unleashed more than 650 bills. In this barrage, legislators seek to derail one of the state’s thriving industries: the technology sector. This bipartisan agenda targets e-commerce, arming bureaucrats with vast new authority to monitor, ...
Business & Economics

FCC Holds Kangaroo Court at Stanford

Though commissioner (and net neutrality opponent) Robert McDowell expressed disappointment over Comcast’s absence, the company understandably kept its distance from what quickly deteriorated into a kangaroo court. With 70 percent of the panelists, and 100 percent of the public comments supporting strict regulations and penalties, it appears that the verdict ...
Business & Economics

Why Google Won’t Spare Any Change

East Valley Tribune (AZ), April 12, 2008, p. 71 Google’s innovation gives way to lobbying What can you buy for $45 billion? Just about anything you want — except, of course, the world’s second-most popular search engine. Yahoo recently rejected Microsoft’s enormous offer. And now the jilted tech giant has ...
Business & Economics

California Lawmaker Says Speech Should be Free on the Internet … After Taxes?

Next week California lawmakers meet to consider a new $500-million tax on Internet commerce. Some have dubbed this the “iTax” because of its application to Apple’s iTunes digital music store, but Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-Whittier) is targeting more than just songs. In reality, AB 1956 is a “free speech tax” ...
Business & Economics

Cheap as Intel chips? Not if EU gets its way

INTEL’S chief executive recently travelled to Brussels to defend his company against government attack. The EU’s two-day closed-door hearing comes just one month after the European authorities had stormed Intel’s offices in a surprise early morning raid. And what crime had the world’s dominant computer-chip manufacturer committed to warrant such ...
Business & Economics

What ‘net neutrality’ really means to consumers

WASHINGTON- In the past, when government has attempted to regulate networks, the result has been less choice, less innovation and more corruption. In the telecommunications industry, such regulations were so damaging that a second wave of regulations was devised to undo the damage caused by the first. Despite this historical ...
Business & Economics

Wireless with Strings Attached: Net Neutrality and the Grounding of Wireless Innovation

In the digital age, Americans are more “connected” than ever before. The Internet and mobile devices serve as powerful platforms for real-time interaction. Thanks to the commercial potential of these technologies, the marketplace has been flooded with creative new businesses and tools. The rapid growth of these technologies, however, has ...
Business & Economics

State legislators: There’s gold in that ‘net

California’s lawmakers seek to derail one of the state’s thriving industries: the technology sector. This bipartisan agenda targets e-commerce, arming bureaucrats with vast new authority to monitor, regulate and tax the Internet. A recent survey of the Silicon Valley’s economy reveals that policy makers should study and replicate this unique ...
Business & Economics

There’s Gold in That Net: Golden State’s Legislators Could Let Special Interests Mine the Internet

On February 22, the last day to introduce new legislation in the 2007-2008 session, California’s lawmakers unleashed more than 650 bills. In this barrage, legislators seek to derail one of the state’s thriving industries: the technology sector. This bipartisan agenda targets e-commerce, arming bureaucrats with vast new authority to monitor, ...
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