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Internet Regulation and Small Business

By at 25 January, 2015, 10:42 am

President Obama Plugs Government Controls in SOTU   by Raymond J. Keating- During his State of the Union, President Obama said, “I intend to protect a free and open Internet…” Sounds nice. But what exactly does that mean considering that the Internet is not free – as Milton Friedman noted, “There’s no such thing as a […]


IP: NFL Playoffs, Knock Offs and Small Business

By at 16 January, 2015, 11:13 am

Protecting IP is important to the NFL, and to small businesses. by Raymond J. Keating- The NFL playoffs are moving relentlessly towards Super Bowl XLIX. After this past weekend, we know that Championship Sunday (January 18) will see the Indianapolis Colts play the New England Patriots, and the Green Bay Packers face the Seattle Seahawks. […]


Making the Internet Tax Freedom Act Permanent

By at 9 January, 2015, 9:54 am

by Raymond J. Keating- In 1998, Congress wisely placed a moratorium on states and localities taxing Internet access and placing multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce. Unfortunately, the Internet Tax Freedom Act was a temporary measure. The moratorium has since been renewed five times – in 2001, 2004, 2007, for a short period of […]


Net Neutrality: For It or Agin’ It?

By at 7 January, 2015, 9:27 am

By Barbara Weltman- There’s been a lot of media attention lately to the issue of net neutrality. Essentially, net neutrality means that Internet service providers of broadband would be regulated like a public utility. It would be up to the government to dictate what actions these providers could and could not take with respect to […]


Americans Say Counterfeit Goods a Big Problem for U.S. Economy

By at 18 December, 2014, 9:18 am

by Karen Kerrigan- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Brand Council released a national survey, which found strong agreement among consumers that counterfeit goods are impacting the U.S. economy. Eight in ten respondents said that counterfeit goods negatively impact the economy, and had other major concerns. For example, top concerns include the connection to other (violent) […]


Reclassifying Internet as Public Utility Will Hurt Consumers

By at 9 December, 2014, 2:53 pm

by Karen Kerrigan-  This  is what PPI found in a new report regarding the impact of “net neutrality” regulation, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering with regard to the Internet. The potential of higher costs, along with other harm, is what SBE Council has been telling the FCC, members of Congress, and Administration officials […]


Intellectual Property Matters to All Businesses – Especially Small Business  

By at 20 November, 2014, 1:11 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- On November 18, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center hosted the “2014 IP Summit.” The daylong event presented an assortment of impressive speakers, with thoughts being offered on a wide array of IP topics and issues. A recording of the event can be viewed online, and is well worth viewing. […]


Regulating the Internet Like Its 1934

By at 14 November, 2014, 6:04 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- On November 10, President Barack Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate both wired and wireless broadband services as if they were the old 1930s telephone monopoly. That is, President Obama wants to regulate the Internet like its 1934. It was another troublesome example of a president unable […]


Regulating the Internet: Big Impact on Small Businesses

By at 12 November, 2014, 5:44 pm

by Karen Kerrigan- On November 10, President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to advance “strong” regulations to govern the broadband Internet.  In a media statement, I responded: “The President’s immediate, post-election call for radical regulation of the Internet…demonstrates how out-of-touch he is with what our country needs to rebuild confidence and our economy.” That […]


Regulating the Broadband Internet: SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT

By at 31 October, 2014, 7:26 am

  by Raymond J. Keating- The call continues among the “net neutrality” crowd for government to regulate pricing and business models of broadband providers. Small businesses should be concerned. Naturally, this pro-government regulation effort is getting support among certain Members of Congress who seemingly have never met a private business venture that they trusted and […]


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