CCIA Files Comments On Spectrum For Mobile Broadband

Last week CCIA filed Comments in the FCC’s 2 GHz rulemaking proceeding.  The Commission’s proposed rules would grant mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) licensees flexibility to use their licensed spectrum to deploy mobile voice and broadband services – increasing the amount of spectrum available for these services. CCIA’s supports the Commission’s work to increase the amount of spectrum…

Panelists Discuss Competition In Search At GMU

Academics studying everything from economics to competition among search engines and social media offered their theories on the marketplace as well as grounds for antitrust authority by regulators at George Mason University law school’s second annual conference on Competition, Search and Social Media Wednesday. Ronald Cass, Dean Emeritus of Boston University Law School, offered history…

Trend Towards Copyright Reform For The Benefit Of Innovation Continues in Europe

As Europe debates the balance of intellectual property rights in the wake of ACTA, Ireland is taking comments through the end of this month on a paper it published on copyright and innovation. Despite the various pressures to increase copyright enforcement online without due regard for negative side-effects, it is very encouraging to see that…

FTC Testifies On Privacy, Competition At Senate Commerce Hearing

Privacy as a competition issue was a focus at the Senate Commerce Committee’s hearing on online privacy Thursday. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz said having privacy rules could help provide a level playing field between companies that have privacy policies and those who don’t. Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen said, however, said something to be cautious of is enacting…

Plan to Expand Tax Collection for Online Businesses Discussed in Senate Finance Hearing

The Senate Finance Committee held an April 25th hearing on “Tax Reform: What It Means for State and Local Tax and Fiscal Policy.”  Within the broader theme of the hearing, there was a lively exchange on the issue of online sales tax collection that illustrated supporters’ misperceptions regarding the compliance burden for small online retailers. Sen. Ben…

Copyright RFI on Crowd Sourcing Mass Digitization of Pre-1978 Copyrighted Works

According to FBO.gov (short for FedBizOpps.gov, which in turn naturally stands for Federal Business Opportunities), the U.S. Copyright Office has issued a request for information about digitizing pre-1978 works. The RFI explains that the Copyright Office “has initiated a project to digitize and make available online the historical records of copyrights dating from 1870 to 1977” and…

Reps. Chaffetz, Polis Receive CCIA's High Tech Defender Award

Washington – CCIA presented its high tech defender award to two western Congressmen starting their second term – Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah during its 39th Washington Caucus reception last night. As Judiciary Committee members, both helped prevent this Congress from making a big “generational mistake” on    overreaching and harmful copyright legislation. Their voices and…

Reps. Chaffetz, Polis Receive CCIA’s High Tech Defender Award

Washington – CCIA presented its high tech defender award to two western Congressmen starting their second term – Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah during its 39th Washington Caucus reception last night. As Judiciary Committee members, both helped prevent this Congress from making a big “generational mistake” on    overreaching and harmful copyright legislation. Their voices and…