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Technology & IP

FCC Won’t Let Go of Regulating the Internet

By at 22 July, 2014, 9:38 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received “an avalanche of net neutrality comments,” according to a report at TheHill.com. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (as reported by The Hill) “incited a firestorm in April when he unveiled his plan to rewrite rules governing content delivery on the Internet. Under his original plan, Internet […]

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VOTE ALERT: Permanent Internet Tax Freedom!

By at 15 July, 2014, 9:47 am

TODAY, July 15 the U.S. House will vote on Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, H.R. 3086.  Over the years, SBE Council has continued to support legislation that temporarily extended the ban on Internet taxes (the first ban was enacted in 1998). The current moratorium expires November 2014. H.R. 3086 is bipartisan […]

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Don’t Freeze Broadband Investment: SBE Council Submits Comments to FCC on Regulating the Internet as a Public Utility

By at 15 July, 2014, 9:30 am

By Karen Kerrigan- Despite no evidence of market failure, activists continue to push for “net neutrality” regulations on the Internet. The latest attempt includes efforts to apply outdated, telephone regulations (Title II of the Communications Act) to the broadband Internet. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened a comment period to solicit views from the public […]

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Pharmaceuticals, Small Business and International IP

By at 11 July, 2014, 2:51 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- It’s important to understand that the pharmaceutical industry is about two things: small business and intellectual property. Of course, pharmaceuticals rank as a major contributor to the U.S. economy. For example, as reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce: “More than 810,000 people work in the biopharmaceutical industry in the United […]

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A Complementary Merger for Entrepreneurs and Consumers

By at 27 June, 2014, 10:15 am

by Karen Kerrigan- On June 24, AT&T Chairman, CEO and President Randall Stephenson testified twice on Capitol Hill in the same day. U.S. House and U.S. Senate committees hosted separate hearings on the company’s merger with DirecTV. SBE Council believes the merger makes sense for consumers because it will improve and expand Internet access and […]

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Cheers to Catching Counterfeiters

By at 20 June, 2014, 10:02 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The costs of counterfeiting are enormous. The OECD estimated that international trade in counterfeit and pirated goods in 2007 amounted to $250 billion. That number no doubt has since grown markedly. In fact, according to an ABC News Nightline report from October 2013, “Counterfeit goods account for nearly 10 percent of […]

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Is Rapid Innovation Done? Oh, Please!

By at 19 June, 2014, 3:50 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- When stuck in a lousy economy for an extended period, all kinds of silly ideas are put forth, including by assorted economists, and given unwarranted seriousness. For example, as we’ve suffered through more than six-and-a-half years of a weak economy, we’ve heard a great deal that the U.S. is simply on […]

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The TPP Agenda: Let’s Get Some Growth Going

By at 16 June, 2014, 1:30 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Trade negotiators from the 12 nations involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement are scheduled to meet on July 3 in Vancouver, according to a GlobalPost.com report. It also was noted: “It is now widely seen that the actual time limit for completing a TPP deal is before November, when the […]

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Keeping the Internet Open and Accessible

By at 6 June, 2014, 4:22 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- A debate has labored on for a few years now over how best to keep the Internet “open and free.” One group ignores basic economics and incentives, and argues that broadband Internet service providers will (by the way, not that they have) limit or inhibit access to all kinds of content, […]

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Protecting IP in China: Challenges and Advice

By at 2 June, 2014, 10:01 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Despite the nice rhetoric from Chinese government officials, their country still falls woefully short in terms of protecting intellectual property (IP). The 2014 Special 301 Report to Congress issued by the U.S. Trade Representative in April finds that China still has a long way to go in this critical area. As […]

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