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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
January19 , 2007
(202) 289-8928
   

PFF Fellows Offer Policy Recommendations
Fellows Suggest Ten Policy Positions to Guide New Congress and Policymakers

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Senior Fellows at The Progress & Freedom Foundation released a Tech Agenda for 2007, containing ten policy items aimed at the 110th Congress and other policymakers. The agenda is intended to guide policymakers and regulators in crafting a market-oriented approach to address current technology policy challenges.

The ten agenda items are as follows:

Renew fundamental reforms of communications regulations.

  1. Renew fundamental reforms of communications regulations.
  2. Leave network neutrality concerns to the market and antitrust.
  3. Leave content business models and fair use to the market.
  4. When addressing patents, take a first-principles approach to property and innovation.
  5. Enact meaningful reform of archaic media ownerships laws and regulations that hinder media marketplace experimentation.
  6. Pursue greater First Amendment parity among modern media providers by leveling the playing field in the direction of greater freedom for all operators / platforms.
  7. Subject data security and privacy proposals to careful benefit-cost analysis, including full examination of consumer benefits from services and technologies affected by these proposals.
  8. Promote pro-competitive, non-regulatory internet governance.
  9. Avoid open-ended, intrusive data retention mandates.
  10. Promote more efficient taxation of telecom services and Internet sales.

The entire tech agenda with complete explanations of the ten items listed and a comprehensive bibliography can be found on the PFF website. Contributing Fellows are available for comments and interviews. Please contact Amy Smorodin at asmorodin@pff.org or 202-289-8928.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.

 

 

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