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The Internet's Perfect Storm

 
Heavenly Alchemy
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As the first hurricane moves along the U.S. coast, there is another potential catastrophe coming and it’s not really on anyone’s radar.

On the one hand, the FCC is looking to impose net neutrality regulations in the name of protecting the open Internet, even if it means reclassifying the Internet as a regulated public utility. At the same time, the Internet Tax Moratorium, which prevents state and local governments from imposing new taxes on Internet access services, is set to expire on November 1, 2014. Unknown to most pundits and policymakers, the confluence of these two issues could lead to devastating consequences that will inhibit Internet investment, significantly increase consumer broadband prices, and decrease service subscribership.

Completely ignored from these policies discussions, however, is the fact that reclassifying ISP services to common carrier-style telecommunications regulation would expose broadband services to existing state and local tax laws that are specifically designed to target “regulated” and “telecommunications” services.

At the same time that this is happening, the Internet Tax Moratorium is set to expire, which would allow state and local governments to impose new and additional taxes on broadband access. If the current state and local taxes imposed on wireless service consumers are any indication of what is to befall broadband consumers, state and local taxes will rise significantly and so will broadband costs. Today, wireless taxes already exceed taxes on other telecommunications services, with consumers living in six states paying more than 20% in taxes on their wireless bills or about three times the rate of sales taxes. The combination of FCC reclassification and the expiration of the Internet moratorium will mean the end of the growing Internet as we know it. It will be the perfect storm.

Read more: [link to thehill.com]
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H.R. 3086, Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act


H.R. 3086 would make permanent a moratorium on state and local taxes on Internet access and some taxes on electronic commerce. Under current law, the moratorium is set to expire on November 1, 2014. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3086 would have no impact on the federal budget, but beginning in 2014, it would impose significant annual costs on some state and local governments. The bill would not affect federal direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

By permanently prohibiting state and local government from collecting certain types of taxes, H.R. 3086 would impose an intergovernmental mandate as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA). CBO estimates that the mandate would cause some state and local governments to lose revenue beginning in November 2014; those losses would exceed the threshold established in UMRA for intergovernmental mandates ($76 million in 2014, adjusted annually for inflation) beginning in 2015. CBO estimates that the direct costs to states and local governments would probably total more than several hundred million dollars annually. The bill contains no private-sector mandates as defined in UMRA

A link to read the full Bill:


[link to www.cbo.gov]

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bump 5*
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 Quoting: Bambi2U


Thank you!

And thanks for the pin, this had been swept under the rug.
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Given the potential downside from the risk of increased Internet regulation and taxes, policymakers need to prevent this confluence of events. Congress is mulling over the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which would extend the tax moratorium indefinitely. On the Net Neutrality issue, the FCC needs to take a break from writing and promulgating new Internet regulations, at least until they can identify some serious violation that would require some regulatory remedy, rather than anticipating the potential for market failure. These actions would provide broadband consumers with adequate shelter from the storm.

Read more: [link to thehill.com]


Sounds like we need to contact all reps and the FCC too:
(It does work as GLP has learned from the past)


Reps contact info (to support, I think):

[link to www.usa.gov]


FCC contact info (hit the road Jack):

[link to www.fcc.gov]

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 Quoting: Bambi2U

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It seems this is one bill to support.

The FCC though, we should tell to stop what they are trying to do.

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Happy 4th of July everyone! :)
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happy 4th and great post
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happy 4th and great post
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Thank you, the day is turning out to be a beauty!

I just hope the information is helpful.
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the Fucking Communist Communications department needs put out of business...

if they get their dirty little hands on the internet....radio shows and broad casts will be hit first

no more saying fuck you to establishment....

i vonder if they have any contracts they failed to hold their end of the contract...i bet they do

the fcc is an unconstitutional organization....they take away freedom of press and freedom of speech and tax us all for it
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They can't wait to dig their claws into it.
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As the first hurricane moves along the U.S. coast, there is another potential catastrophe coming and it’s not really on anyone’s radar.

On the one hand, the FCC is looking to impose net neutrality regulations in the name of protecting the open Internet, even if it means reclassifying the Internet as a regulated public utility. At the same time, the Internet Tax Moratorium, which prevents state and local governments from imposing new taxes on Internet access services, is set to expire on November 1, 2014. Unknown to most pundits and policymakers, the confluence of these two issues could lead to devastating consequences that will inhibit Internet investment, significantly increase consumer broadband prices, and decrease service subscribership.

Completely ignored from these policies discussions, however, is the fact that reclassifying ISP services to common carrier-style telecommunications regulation would expose broadband services to existing state and local tax laws that are specifically designed to target “regulated” and “telecommunications” services.

At the same time that this is happening, the Internet Tax Moratorium is set to expire, which would allow state and local governments to impose new and additional taxes on broadband access. If the current state and local taxes imposed on wireless service consumers are any indication of what is to befall broadband consumers, state and local taxes will rise significantly and so will broadband costs. Today, wireless taxes already exceed taxes on other telecommunications services, with consumers living in six states paying more than 20% in taxes on their wireless bills or about three times the rate of sales taxes. The combination of FCC reclassification and the expiration of the Internet moratorium will mean the end of the growing Internet as we know it. It will be the perfect storm.

Read more: [link to thehill.com]
 Quoting: Heavenly Alchemy


as government has no internet interest other than taxation and survelliance, any means to restrict business meet with a minimum of support in congress. regulation is strictly for ensuring taxation compliance.





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