European Commission Considers a Link and Snippet Tax: Ill-Founded, Controversial And Detrimental To All Players

Brussels – Today the European Commission released a non-legislative Communication “Towards a modern, more European copyright framework” — the Communication on copyright. The Communication sets out the Commission’s vision and priorities on copyright reform for the years to come. The issues covered in the Communication range from cross-border accessibility to content to copyright enforcement measures.…

House Judiciary Subcommittee Examines Data Flow Policies, Other Digital Trade Barriers

Washington — House Judiciary IP & Internet subcommittee chairman Darrell Issa opened Tuesday’s hearing titled “International Data Flows: Promoting Digital Trade in the 21st Century” by saying policies blocking data flows could lead countries to other unfair trade practices like demanding source code or trade secrets.  He said restricting Internet data from flowing across national…

House Subcommittee Digs Into "Dig Once" Bill and Other Legislation to Speed Broadband Deployment

Washington – The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on October 28th titled “Breaking Down Barriers to Broadband Infrastructure Deployment.”  Internet usage is exploding, and broadband access is a national priority.  Panelists and Members of the Committee discussed various ways to speed broadband deployment, including at least six bills…

House Subcommittee Digs Into “Dig Once” Bill and Other Legislation to Speed Broadband Deployment

Washington – The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on October 28th titled “Breaking Down Barriers to Broadband Infrastructure Deployment.”  Internet usage is exploding, and broadband access is a national priority.  Panelists and Members of the Committee discussed various ways to speed broadband deployment, including at least six bills…

Debunking Myths about Title II’s Effect on Internet Investment

Opponents of the FCC’s Open Internet rules have frequently stated that the rules will stifle ISP investment and innovation, yielding “unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the Internet ecosystem for years to come.”  Though some opponents argued at Tuesday’s hearing before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology that Title…

Debunking Myths about Title II's Effect on Internet Investment

Opponents of the FCC’s Open Internet rules have frequently stated that the rules will stifle ISP investment and innovation, yielding “unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the Internet ecosystem for years to come.”  Though some opponents argued at Tuesday’s hearing before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology that Title…