Press Statements

ANTI-HOME SHARING BILL WOULD HURT THOUSANDS IN THE DISTRICT

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2018 – A newly proposed ordinance would decimate DC’s robust short-term rental market, depriving home-owners of their property rights and hurting neighborhood restaurants and small businesses that benefit from short-term rentals in the District. The proposed restrictions on short-term rentals, to be released later today, are accompanied by a half-million-dollar ad campaign […]

PRESIDENT TRUMP & ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS LACK SUPPORT FOR BREAKING UP TECH, NEW NETCHOICE SURVEY FINDS

Just 5% of Americans Want Antitrust Focus on Tech WASHINGTON, September 24, 2018 – Americans overwhelmingly value the contributions of the technology industry and do not support antitrust enforcement, despite aggressive rhetoric from President Trump, a new NetChoice survey* of 1,200 U.S. consumers found. President Trump’s draft Executive Order would put tech in the crosshairs […]

Michigan Residents Back Legislation to Secure Ticket Rights – “I bought it, I own it”

80% support the right of ticket holders to resell, give away or donate their tickets 68% of Michigan Fans SUPPORT legislation like HB 4224 – allowing fans to resell at prices they choose September 19 – New polling released by NetChoice shows that both Michigan voters support ticket resale rights and want to be able […]

NETCHOICE COMMENDS SENSENBRENNER BILL PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESSES FROM SCOTUS INTERNET SALES TAX DECISION

Washington, D.C., September 14 – This afternoon, Reps. Reps. Sensenbrenner, Eshoo, Duncan, and Lofgren introduced the Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act of 2018. This legislation is a response to the chaos caused by the June-2018 Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. The Court overturned decades of legal precedent and put […]

AMERICAN CONSUMERS REJECT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN TECH:  “LET US PICK INTERNET PLATFORM WINNERS AND LOSERS,” NEW NETCHOICE RESEARCH FINDS

AMERICAN CONSUMERS REJECT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN TECH:  “LET US PICK INTERNET PLATFORM WINNERS AND LOSERS,” NEW NETCHOICE RESEARCH FINDS Just 5% Say Regulators Should Focus Anti-Competitive Enforcement on Tech Americans Prefer Interest-Based Ads Over Paying for Content By a 3-1 Margin   SEPTEMBER 12, 2018, Washington, DC – State and federal legislators on both sides […]

President Trump’s Heat on Tech Industry Not in Sync with Americans and His Base

President Trump’s Heat on Tech Industry Not in Sync with Americans and His Base New Polling Shows by a 7-to-1 margin Republicans believe online regulation would harm consumer freedom and choice on the internet Washington, D.C., August 29, 2018 – President Trump’s attack on America’s most popular online search provider Google along with regulatory threats […]

In Comments on FTC Workshops NetChoice Warns about Following Anti-tech Rhetoric

Today, NetChoice filed responses to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) request for comments for upcoming workshops.  NetChoice responded on several topics, such as “The Consumer Welfare Implications Associated with The Use of Algorithmic Decision Tools, Artificial Intelligence, and Predictive Analytics” and “Evaluating the Competitive Effects of Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers”. The full list of responses are […]

NetChoice to Congress: Protect Interstate Commerce

Without the physical presence rule, American businesses and consumers are put at risk by state-based internet taxes Washington, D.C., July 23, 2018 – Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Examining the Wayfair decision and its Ramifications for Consumers and Small Businesses”. The hearing is the first step for Congress to prevent […]

New York City Passes Short-Term Rental Bill, Outsourcing Legal Enforcement Burden to Internet Platforms Like Airbnb, Homeaway & VRBO

Rules Will Imperil Short-Term Renters from Springfield Gardens to Hell’s Kitchen NEW YORK, July 18, 2018 – The future of short-term rentals (STRs) throughout New York City was put at risk today by New York City Council’s passing of Int. 9081 placing legal enforcement responsibilities on Internet home sharing platforms like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO. […]

US SUPREME COURT DEALS BODY BLOW TO CONSUMERS AND SMALL ONLINE BUSINESSES, NETCHOICE SAYS

Ruling in Favor of South Dakota Will Cause Chaos Nationally If Congress Does Not Act WASHINGTON, DC, June 21, 2018 – The U.S. Supreme Court today upended decades of precedent to deliver a ruling in favor of South Dakota that will burden small catalog and web retailers and harm the consumers who rely on them.  The […]

9th Circuit Decision Scores a Big Win For Ridesharing Drivers and Riders of Seattle

Washington D.C. – NetChoice applauds today’s 9th Circuit decision in US Chamber v City of Seattle.  The Court struck down Seattle’s 2015 ordinance as it violated antitrust laws.  Had it been allowed to stand, Seattle’s Ordinance would have enabled collusion by ridesharing drivers and empowered them to form cartels and collectively bargain against ridesharing platforms. “This is a victory for riders and drivers in Seattle’s […]

Austin Transportation Department Shouldn’t Pick Winners and Losers for Bike Sharing Services

Austin consumers will face fewer and more expensive bike-sharing options if a new permit application process proposed by the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) goes into effect. At the heart of the issue is the Austin city government’s apparent preference for one type of bike sharing model – bikes that lock into fixed docks wherever the city decides to put them.  These docked bikes […]

Iowa Legislature Should Reject New Taxes in SF 2417 and HF 2489, NetChoice Testifies

WASHINGTON, DC, May 4, 2018 — NetChoice filed testimony this week in the Iowa State House and Senate chambers asking for a full rejection of unconstitutional provisions in SF2417 and HF2489. If enacted, the bills would impose new taxes on Iowans while also harming Iowa’s travel and technology sectors. “Iowans will likely see this legislation as a […]

Santa Monica Ordinance Threatens Future of Online Platforms, NetChoice ‘Friend of the Court’ Brief To 9th Circuit Says

Fines and Jail Time for Website Employees if Users Fail to Register with City Washington, DC, April 25, 2018 – A Santa Monica ordinance, which forces online platforms to independently investigate and ensure every person with a listing on its website complies with the city’s licensing requirements, could be a death blow to web-based home […]

NetChoice Reaction to South Dakota v. Wayfair Oral Arguments

Steve DelBianco, NetChoice President, attended today’s oral argument before the Supreme Court in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair. NetChoice filed an amicus brief in the case, explaining that Congress has spoken on the online sales tax issue by enacting the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) in 1998, and by making ITFA permanent in […]

NetChoice Calls on U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Current Internet Sales Tax Laws

Washington, DC, April 17, 2018 – Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, et.al.  At issue is the legality of a new South Dakota sales tax law that imposes sales tax burdens on out-of-state businesses with no physical presence in the state. The South […]

NetChoice Files Amicus Brief in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock.com, and Newegg

Deems South Dakota Sales Tax Law Unconstitutional, and Highlights Trump Administration Desire to Stifle Online Commerce and Make Mail Order Great Again Washington, D.C., April 4, 2018 – A South Dakota law is unconstitutional and breaks with settled law – the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), per an Amicus brief filed today by NetChoice, former […]

The iAWFUL 7: State, Federal and International Legislation Placing Barriers to Innovation and Commerce

NetChoice’s Internet Advocates’ Watchlist for Ugly Laws (iAWFUL) Targets Worst Bills and Laws for Online Consumers and Entrepreneurs Washington, D.C., APRIL 4, 2018 – Online tax burdens on small businesses, regulatory hurdles for Internet platforms and the preservation of entrenched monopolies are all possible outcomes from the seven worst internet advocacy laws – the iAWFUL […]

Massachusetts Jane Doe Lawsuit Proves Section 230 is No Barrier to Justice for Victims

Washington, D.C. – NetChoice welcomes yesterday’s decision by the District Court of Massachusetts to allow a lawsuit against Backpage to proceed for violating the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. In this decision, the judge affirmed that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) does not stand in the way of a civil […]