The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 1: Taxes on Consumer Electronics, Mobile Phones & Broadband
Adam D. Thierer
George Mason University - Mercatus Center
Berin Michael Szoka
March 22, 2010
The Progress & Freedom Foundation Progress on Point, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2010
In this essay, we discuss an old idea that's gained new currency: taxing media devices or distribution systems to fund media content. We argue that such media income redistribution is fundamentally inconsistent with American press traditions, highly problematic under the First Amendment, difficult to implement in a world of media abundance and platform convergence, and likely to cause serious negative side effects.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: PFF, FCC, policy, regulation, communications, lawAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 3, 2010
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