The Progress & Freedom Foundation announced its 10-point tech policy plan for the 110th Congress on Friday. The 10...
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 full study with further descriptions of the positions can be downloaded here. After the jump are two of the full recommendations....
Pursue greater First Amendment parity among modern media providers by leveling the playing field in the direction of greater freedom for all operators / platforms.
Congress can avoid imposing broadcast-era content controls on cable and satellite multi-channel media providers while also avoiding preemption of voluntary industry ratings systems, such as those established by the television, motion picture, recording and video game industries. It should further avoid imposing content regulations on new or emerging media platforms including mobile media, the Internet, blogs and social networking sites, and begin rolling back asymmetrical broadcast industry content regulations to ensure they have at least the same level of First Amendment protection as these other media competitors.
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
Information is the lifeblood of the information economy, and limiting information flows can impose major costs on consumers and the economy. Proposals to regulate the collection, flow or use of information or restrict promising technologies such as RFID should be carefully scrutinized to assure that they address meaningful consumer harms and that their benefits are commensurate with their costs.