NetChoice Media Hits

Bloomberg – “Sales Tax Slice: At Congressional Hearing, Witnesses and Lawmakers Flesh Out MFA Concerns, Debate Origin Sourcing”

Bloomberg – “Sales Tax Slice: At Congressional Hearing, Witnesses and Lawmakers Flesh Out MFA Concerns, Debate Origin Sourcing

However, former Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.), tax policy advisor for NetChoice, a coalition of leading e-commerce and online companies, called for a compact-based approach, while also advocating for an origin-based sourcing system. Cox’s approach, dubbed, “Home Rule and Revenue Return,” is “a multi-state Compact that would establish clear rules for interstate purchases on which sales tax currently is not being collected. States participating in the Compact would realize sales tax on purchases their residents make from remote businesses located in other Compact states.”

According to Cox, this concept “treats catalog, online, and brick-and-mortar sellers the same,” and “involves no new complications, because most retail business already takes place this way.”

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Forbes – “If you like your Internet, you may not be able to keep it”

Forbes – “If you like your Internet, you may not be able to keep it

As reported by Steve DelBianco, Executive Director of Netchoice.org, the Commerce Department has instructed ICANN to create a “global, multistakeholder community, and expects ICANN to develop that entity.”

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Nasdaq – “If you like your Internet, you may not be able to keep it”

Nasdaq – “If you like your Internet, you may not be able to keep it

The Hill – “Rewriting the future of Internet governance”

The Hill – NetChoice Op-Ed – “Rewriting the future of Internet governance”

Americans created, built, and advanced the Internet, while leading the effort to protect it from censorship or discriminatory taxes and regulation.  But now the U.S. government is releasing a big part of its stewardship role, leaving it to others to chart a path that keeps the Internet secure, stable, and successful.

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Small Business Radio – “Government To Give Up Control Over Internet”

Small Business Radio – “Government To Give Up Control Over Internet

“We’ll see new domain names like dot bank,” DelBianco said. About twenty a week will be launched over the next year. Most of us will notice ICANN when we’ve never noticed it before.”

One result from the change is that criminals will get more of a chance to dupe you online by spoofing real websites.

Fraud using the domain system happens every day. With new domains coming out, there will be more opportunities for criminals to work their mischief,” DelBianco stated.

But he thinks some of the new domain names will actually help you.

“Some of these domains will make consumers feel safer. We might learn to trust domain names like dot bank or dot lawyer,” DelBianco said.

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Forbes – “A Terrible Response to the Internet Sales Tax Mess”

Forbes – “A Terrible Response to the Internet Sales Tax Mess

The idea of an origin-based sales tax was brought to lawmakers by Chris Cox, a former congressman who is now lobbies for trade association called NetChoice that represents Overstock.com and a handful of other Internet firms.

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Politico – “Defenders of Net transition: GOP off base”

Politico – “Defenders of Net transition: GOP off base

“I don’t see how the future ends up being better than the last decade of responsible stewardship by the U.S.,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of the trade association NetChoice, which counts Yahoo and Facebook as members. “Once the contract leverage is gone, what’s to prevent ICANN from being more significantly influenced by [specific] governments. … The devil is in the details.”

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The American Consumer Institute – “The Taxing Problem of Internet-Based Sales”

The American Consumer Institute – “The Taxing Problem of Internet-Based Sales

Former Representative Christopher Cox, who was testifying on behalf of trade group NetChoice, pointed out that consumer data shifting from entity to entity could be a huge privacy problem, especially in light of recent major data breaches. The House should continue to look for alternatives, one that will truly be fair to retailers and consumers alike.

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National Journal – “When U.S. Steps Back, Will Russia and China Control the Internet?”

National Journal – “When U.S. Steps Back, Will Russia and China Control the Internet?

Steve DelBianco, the executive director of NetChoice, a pro-business tech group, said the U.S. was bound to eventually give up its role overseeing Internet addresses. But he said lawmakers and the Obama administration will have to ensure that ICANN will still be held accountable before handing the group the keys to the address system in 2015.

DelBianco warned that without proper safeguards, Russian President Vladimir Putin or another authoritarian leader could pressure ICANN to shut down domains that host critical content.

“That kind of freedom of expression is something that the U.S. has carefully protected,” DelBianco said in an interview. “Whatever replaces the leverage, let’s design it carefully.”

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Data News – “Les Etats-Unis vont renoncer au contrôle des adresses internet”

Data News – “Les Etats-Unis vont renoncer au contrôle des adresses internet

C’est ce côté vague qui provoque l’inquiétude. “Il est impensable que l’ICANN soit responsable du monde entier”, a affirmé Steve DelBlanco, le directeur de NetChoice, une organisation qui représente de grandes entreprises internet américaines, au Washington Post. “C’est comme être responsable de personne.”

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Gant News – “U.S. giving up control of Internet address, domain name assignment”

Gant News – “U.S. giving up control of Internet address, domain name assignment

“It’s inconceivable that ICANN can be accountable to the whole world. That’s the equivalent of being accountable to no one,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of the NetChoice Internet commerce businesses group, according to The Washington Post.

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CIO Magazine – “US government to end formal relationship with ICANN”

CIO Magazine – “US government to end formal relationship with ICANN

U.S. trade group NetChoice questioned the decision. The announcement comes after a series of revelations about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs across the Internet, coming from leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

“I hope it’s not just a frightened reaction to the Snowden revelations, which have nothing to do with the Internet Domain Name System,” NetChoice executive director Steve DelBianco said by email. “Maybe the administration wants to rack up political points for upcoming [Internet governance] meetings. I’m afraid those points won’t be worth what this move may cost.”

The end of the contract means the NTIA will not be able to continue to push ICANN to improve its services, as it has in recent years, DelBianco said. “The IANA contract is the only real check on ICANN’s power,” he added. “While we all want a strong and independent ICANN, it makes no sense to release the organization from IANA’s contractual leverage before it creates real and permanent accountability mechanisms.”

In addition, ICANN could now “escape its legal presence in the US, despite having many contracts that are adjudicated under U.S. law,” he said.

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Maximum PC – “U.S. Government to Cede Control of DNS Root Zone”

Maximum PC – “U.S. Government to Cede Control of DNS Root Zone

“I hope it’s not just a frightened reaction to the Snowden revelations, which have nothing to do with the Internet Domain Name System,” Steve DelBianco, executive director of trade group NetChoice, told PCWorld. “Maybe the administration wants to rack up political points for upcoming [Internet governance] meetings. I’m afraid those points won’t be worth what this move may cost.”

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DMA News – “U.S. giving up control of Internet address, domain name assignment”

DMA News – “U.S. giving up control of Internet address, domain name assignment

“It’s inconceivable that ICANN can be accountable to the whole world. That’s the equivalent of being accountable to no one,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of the NetChoice Internet commerce businesses group, according to The Washington Post.

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Wall-Street.Com – “U.S. giving up control of Internet address, domain name assignment”

Wall-Street.Com – “U.S. giving up control of Internet address, domain name assignment

“It’s inconceivable that ICANN can be accountable to the whole world. That’s the equivalent of being accountable to no one,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of the NetChoice Internet commerce businesses group, according to The Washington Post.

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Conservative Watch News – “U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet”

Conservative Watch News – “U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet

“It’s inconceivable that ICANN can be accountable to the whole world. That’s the equivalent of being accountable to no one,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade group representing major Internet commerce businesses.

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Computer Magazine – “U.S. Government to Cede Control of DNS Root Zone”

Computer Magazine – “U.S. Government to Cede Control of DNS Root Zone

“I hope it’s not just a frightened reaction to the Snowden revelations, which have nothing to do with the Internet Domain Name System,” Steve DelBianco, executive director of trade group NetChoice, told PCWorld. “Maybe the administration wants to rack up political points for upcoming [Internet governance] meetings. I’m afraid those points won’t be worth what this move may cost.”

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NetDomain Hosting – “U.S. Government to Cede Control of DNS Root Zone”

NetDomain Hosting – “U.S. Government to Cede Control of DNS Root Zone

“I hope it’s not just a frightened reaction to the Snowden revelations, which have nothing to do with the Internet Domain Name System,” Steve DelBianco, executive director of trade group NetChoice, told PCWorld. “Maybe the administration wants to rack up political points for upcoming [Internet governance] meetings. I’m afraid those points won’t be worth what this move may cost.”

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