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Don’t Tax Internet Access

August 9, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

One of the basic principles of an innovation-based tax policy is that government should “tax bads, not goods.” This is the idea behind proposals such as using carbon taxes to pay for an expanded research and development tax credit. So why would the government want to tax Internet access when, according to the McKinsey Global Institute, the Internet accounts for 3.8 percent of U.S. GDP?

Public-Private Partnerships will Close Rural Broadband Gap

August 7, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

As America prepares to retire the public telephone network that served us so well for nearly 100 years, we need to take stock of the broadband networks that have taken its place.

The Myth of America's Inferior Broadband

Wall Street Journal
In this op-ed, former Commerce Undersecretary Ev Ehrlich site’s ITIF’s latest research on broadband performance.

Crawford Misses the Mark

July 31, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

An 8,000 word blog post by Susan Crawford attempting to rebut my New York Times op-ed is riddled with analytical and factual errors. See part one of a two part response. 

Google Thinks Balloons May Solve Problem of Internet Access in Third World

San Jose Mercury News
Google’s Project Loon is seeking to connect the two-thirds of the world's population who are on the wrong side of the digital divide.

A Progressive Broadband Agenda

July 29, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

“Is the Internet an enabler of rich new networks and applications or simply a faster telephone network? Progressives need to choose a vision to animate public policy.”

America’s Broadband Success Story

July 25, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

In his recent LA Times op-ed Harold Feld fails to deliver much analytic value. Instead of attacking ITIF’s New York Times opinion piece as Pollyanna advocacy because he doesn't approve of the facts, Feld should digest the impact that changing circumstances have on Internet policy.

Over 96 percent of American households have access to wired broadband.

 Over 96 percent of American households have access to wired broadband. This fact by The National Broadband Map defies a widespread misconception. The common storyline surrounding American broadband, which argues the U.S. is behind Europe in speed, deployment and price, fails to take into account current reality. By almost every measure, U.S. broadband networks are good and getting better.

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Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet

June 26, 2013
The Internet provides a powerful platform for individuals to engage in free speech, but some extremists regularly go online, often anonymously, to spread bigotry, engage in cyber-bullying, and encourage violence. In their new book, Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet, Abraham Foxman and Christopher Wolf argue that online hate speech is a serious threat that needs to be addressed and discuss the merits of a range of responses including through the law, counter-speech, and intervention by intermediaries.
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How Loony is the Google Loon Project?

Christian Science Monitor
Google's Project Loon may sound crazy, but it has a lofty mission: To bridge the gap between the Internet haves and have-nots.

Google's Project Loon may sound crazy, but it has a lofty mission: To bridge the gap between the Internet haves and have-nots.

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