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 Annual Meeting will take place July 27-29, 2016 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

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  • An Act Relating to Online Lodging Marketplaces – Establishing Statewide Standards, Protecting Privacy, and Enabling Efficient Tax Remittance Draft

    Section 1 – Definitions (A)   “Lodging Marketplace” means a person that provides a platform through which an Unaffiliated Third Party offers to rent a Vacation Rental or Short-Term Rental to an occupant and collects the consideration for the rental from the occupant. For the purposes of this paragraph: …

  • Model Act for Digital Contents Warrants Draft

    Title- Digital Contents Warrants Section 1 – Search warrant for content of electronic communications (1) Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires: (a) “Contents”, when used with respect to any electronic communication means < {includes?}> any information concerning the substance, purport, or meaning of that communication.

  • Uniform Standard for Lodging Taxes Act Draft

    Section 1. Definitions [Appropriately designated section number] of the statutes is created to read: (1) “Hotel” means any structure or space, or any portion thereof, that: (a)  Is occupied, or intended or designed for occupancy, by transients for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes; and (b)  Accepts on-site reservations for accommodations; …

  • Fantasy Sports Contests Act Draft

    Summary Rotisserie league and fantasy sports contests have been around for decades.  Now the internet allows millions of fans to compete in daily and season-long fantasy sports contests, often with entry fees and cash prizes.  Participation in daily fantasy sports contests now approaches 10 million Americans.  With the rise of this …

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

    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 Final

    WHEREAS, among the approximately 95 percent of American households that have access to broadband Internet services, only about 75 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 seek out broadband services[2]; and WHEREAS, research also …

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