Entries by Steve DelBianco

Maryland’s Attempt To Hunt New Tax Revenue Without Shooting Itself In The Foot

Basic hunting safety has two rules: 1.Know how to handle a gun without hurting yourself, and 2. Ready, Aim, then Fire. Same rules ought to apply when states go hunting for new tax revenue. Lawmakers first need to understand where potential tax revenue is hiding and how to get it in their sights. Then they create legislation […]

Decision Day for ICANN: the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end?

I’ve just arrived in Singapore, where ICANN’s board will almost surely vote to launch an unprecedented expansion plan for generic top-level domains (gTLDs).  As the new gTLDs start lighting-up over the next two years, we’ll look back on this week as the “end of the beginning” since it ended several years of planning for the […]

The Google-Buzz settlement: a buzzkill for online services

The comment period just ended for the FTC’s proposed consent decree with Google over privacy violations when Google launched their Buzz social network last year.   There were about 30 comments posted, but the most important comment we’ve seen is by reporter Grant Gross in his IDG News piece, “Google Buzz Settlement a ‘killer’ for […]

Google-ITA Acquisition Deserves Ongoing Supervision

On Friday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) delivered its list of demands for Google to complete its acquisition of ITA, a leading provider of travel search tools.   We applaud DoJ’s recognition of the competition problems that could result from Google’s acquisition, and support their efforts to protect consumers through a consent decree.  In addition […]

$80 Billion Tab for a "Free Lunch"

We all know there’s no such thing as a free lunch.  Everything comes at a price, including free Internet content and web services, nearly all of which are paid for by advertisers. Proponents of “Do Not Track” legislation talk about giving consumers what they want, but nobody is asking whether consumers want to start paying […]

The Color Purple in Congress

Sometimes in politics calmer heads and common sense prevail, and red and blue partisans merge into purple. Protecting and encouraging Internet entrepreneurs has been known to move Congress in this way. Today, a House Resolution offered by Representatives Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will put States on notice that this Congress won’t impose […]