Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Retransmission Fees

Marc Oestreich
March 25, 2011

Increasing broadcast retransmission fees have caused much tension between multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and broadcasters.

Research & Commentary: FCC Set-Top Box Regulation

Marc Oestreich
March 25, 2011

Section 629 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 authorized the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the television hardware market.

Research & Commentary: Higher Education Regulations, State Authorization

Marc Oestreich
March 10, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education will begin implementing two new regulations on for-profit colleges in July 2011.

Research & Commentary: Georgia Sunday Sales Local Option

March 1, 2011

Georgia is one of only three states that prohibit the retail sale of liquor, wine, and beer on Sundays.

Research & Commentary: Airline Passenger Tax

Charlie Vidal
February 24, 2011

Congress is considering an increase in the airline passenger facility tax from $4.50 to $7.00 per takeoff and landing. In total this would be a massive $2 billion tax increase on consumers.

Research & Commentary: Maryland’s ‘Dime a Drink’ Tax

February 17, 2011

Maryland is once again considering a “dime a drink” increase in the state’s alcohol taxes. Proponents say it will bring in $215 million toward reducing the state’s budget deficit.

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