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The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 1: Taxes on Consumer Electronics, Mobile Phones & Broadband

The Progress & Freedom Foundation Progress on Point, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2010

8 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2010  

Adam D. Thierer

George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Berin Michael Szoka

TechFreedom

Date Written: March 22, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: PFF, FCC, policy, regulation, communications, law

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Thierer, Adam D. and Szoka, Berin Michael, The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 1: Taxes on Consumer Electronics, Mobile Phones & Broadband (March 22, 2010). The Progress & Freedom Foundation Progress on Point, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1619476

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