Entries by Steve DelBianco

It’s September – Back to Work on AWFUL Internet Laws

After a quiet August recess in Washington, DC, it’s time to refocus our efforts on public policies that impact online commerce. And today we consider not the good, and not merely the bad, but the awful – iAWFUL.   The Internet Advocates’ Watchlist for Ugly Laws (iAWFUL) tracks the ten instances of state and federal […]

Congressman Hodes Hits a Home Run for Small Business

Congressman Paul Hodes stepped up to the plate for small online retailers, and took a swing at a proposed law that would force new tax collection burdens on even the smallest of businesses who use catalogs or websites to serve their customers.   Hodes’ resolution is titled “Supporting the Preservation of Internet Entrepreneurs and Small […]

NetChoice Concerns over the Federal Privacy Proposals

Two privacy bills are already up for consideration. And at yesterday’s Senate Commerce hearing on Consumer Online Privacy, we heard Senator Kerry announce that he will be working on new legislation to regulate online privacy.   While we wait to see what Kerry will offer, NetChoice has concerns over the bills we do know about:  […]

When it comes to Internet taxes, where you sit determines where you stand

There’s a wise adage that goes “Where you sit determines where you stand.”   Keep that in mind when you hear someone advocate a new sales tax collection mandate on small out-of-state retailers.   In a post at BNET last week, Chris Dannen described how big retailers are supporting the so-called “streamlined sales tax”:   “Brick-and-mortar […]

NetChoice Comments On FTC’s COPPA Rule Review

NetChoice filed comments yesterday with the Federal Trade Commission on its current review of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).   We focus our response to the request for comments in four specific areas, and ask that the Commission: 1. Maintain the current age threshold at twelve years and under 2. Retain the “actual […]

When Having a Voice Isn’t Enough

In Brussels on Friday, an esteemed panel of experts got together to discuss the challenge of improving ICANN’s accountability. It’s just too bad nobody from ICANN came by to hear it. Co-sponsored by the Washington-based Technology Policy Institute and the Brussels-based Center for European Policy Studies, the panel focused on ICANN accountability.  Four of the […]