Communications and Technology

Task Force Description

With nearly 200 members representing all parts of the country and every segment of industry, the Communications and Technology Task Force believes that constant, dynamic innovation in communications and technology presents numerous complexities that defy traditional public policy prescriptions. To help policymakers understand the changes underway in the 21st century economy, the Task Force brings together state legislators, private industry, and policy experts to develop public policies that will promote economic growth, freedom of technology, and innovation in the states.

Areas of focus for the Task Force include: 1) broadband deployment and adoption; 2) protecting consumer choice in privacy; 3) promoting new forms of e-commerce; and 4) growing the high-tech sector of the economy. Additionally, the Task Force has established five subcommittees to thoroughly investigate topics of interest to the states. These subcommittees are: Broadband; E-Commerce; Information Technology; Innovation; and Consumer Protection, Critical Infrastructure, and Security Technologies.

Meeting Information

The 2016 Spring Task Force Meeting will take place on May 6 at the Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Draft models under consideration by the Communications and Technology Task Force include:

All Model Policies

  • Resolution in Support of Non-Discriminatory Property Tax Policies Draft

    WHEREAS, American consumers have come to rely on high speed communications networks constructed by communications providers to improve their overall quality of life including in the areas of healthcare, education, business, emergency services, and other purposes; and WHEREAS, communications providers must make sizeable investments to keep pace with consumer demand …

  • Resolution Calling on the Federal Government to Maximize Its Stimulus Support for Broadband Internet Adoption and Use Programs Sunset Review

    WHEREAS, among the approximately 92 percent of American households that have access to broadband Internet services, only about 61 percent of U.S. households subscribe[1]   and WHEREAS, research shows that a “lack of interest” in broadband is one of the main reasons certain populations do not …

  • Resolution Opposing Government Efforts to Impose a Set-Top Box Mandate and Undermine the Video Ecosystem Draft

    WHEREAS, consumers are benefiting from an explosion of video content and ways to consume that content as never before; and, WHEREAS, the current video environment and ecosystem are often referred to as The Golden Age of Television; and, WHEREAS, Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDS) distribute content in a variety of …

  • Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Resolution Final

    WHEREAS, the American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”) has a foundational and principled history of fighting against excessive, multiple, discriminatory and inconsistent taxation while promoting private sector competitiveness and states’ rights in taxation or non-taxation of goods and services; and WHEREAS, digital goods and services include, but are not limited to: …

  • Resolution Regarding Traffic Pumping Final

    WHEREAS, Traffic Pumping (Access Stimulation) is defined as the artificial stimulation of switched access traffic as a result of revenue sharing or “kick-back” arrangements partnering with third parties such as free calling service companies offering “free” conference calls, adult and pornographic chat, and international calling; WHEREAS, these LECs collect switched access …

  • Independent Contractor Definition Act

    Summary Many workers often characterize themselves as independent contractors due to beneficial tax incentives, etc. However, when the worker is injured on the job, the worker may want to characterize him/herself as an employee in order to draw from the workers’ compensation system, even though the worker may not have …

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