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February 5, 2021
Six Principles for State Legislators Seeking to Protect Free Speech on Social Media Platforms
Political free speech in the United States is under attack. Tech media giants who own and control virtually all social media platforms available to Americans are working together to silence groups with whom they do not agree.
InfoTech & Telecom
October 18, 2020
The Leaflet: Big Tech Censors Hunter Biden Story and The Silent Symptoms of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Heartland Institute highlights GR's latest work.
Health Care
March 3, 2020
Research & Commentary: New Series of Bills Would Open Up Telemedicine in Michigan
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines five new bills that have been proposed for the spring legislative session that would expand telemedicine in Michigan and bring needed clarity on how these services are defined and reimbursed.
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Health Care
February 27, 2020
Policy Tip Sheet: Telehealth Could Bring Savings to Medicaid in Tennessee
In this Policy Tip Sheet, Matthew Glans discusses how the use of telehealth can transform health care by making it more affordable and available.
February 26, 2020
Research & Commentary: Kansas Governor Considers a 'Netflix Tax'
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly released a $7.8 billion budget proposal adding several new taxes for digital property and subscription services.
Health Care
February 21, 2020
Policy Tip Sheet: Telehealth Could Bring Savings to Medicaid
In this Policy Tip Sheet, Matthew Glans examines a new bill that would expand access to telehealth through Colorado's community health centers by affirming that these services meet face-to-face requirements under Medicaid and should be reimbursed as such.

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InfoTech & Telecom
June 1, 2016
By James V. DeLong and Jessica P. Melugin
June 1, 2016
By Andy Madden
May 18, 2016
By Matthew Glans
The debate over internet sales taxes has reached a crucial crossroads.
February 18, 2016
By Joseph Bast
Left-wing activists have hijacked The Heartland Institute’s profile at Wikipedia, removing objective descriptions of our programs and publications and replacing them with lies, errors, and outright libelous claims.
February 4, 2016
By Henry Bernstein
This essay, published in the Santa Clara Law Review, explains how government law enforcement agencies’ use of cell site tracking surveillance devices, such as the Stingray device, should be constrained by the Constitution.
February 1, 2016
By Gregory Tassey, Information Technololgy & Innovation Foundation
The most important goal for economic policy is the long-term increase in productivity and incomes. Achieving this requires an investment-driven process targeting several critical categories of assets that drive productivity growth and wages.
November 17, 2015
By James Gattuso
This essay, written by Heritage Foundation senior research fellow in regulatory policy James Gattuso, examines how Federal Communications Commission rules for streaming video Internet services like Netflix negatively affect consumers and hinder
November 3, 2015
By Matthew Glans
Since 1998, the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) has helped promote the growth of the Internet by prohibiting state and local taxation of Internet access and discriminatory taxes on emails and other electronic data.
September 29, 2015
By Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
This oversight report, published by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, examines the Internal Revenue Service’s electronic systems for fraud detection.
July 10, 2015
By Matthew Glans
The newest proposal to impose online sales taxes across state borders is the Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015 (RTPA), which was introduced by U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).
June 16, 2015
Dear Representative, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned organizations, we write in strong opposition to the so-called “Remote Transactions Parity Act” (RTPA).
June 1, 2015
By I. Nelson Rose
This paper, written by Whittier College School of Law professor I. Nelson Rose, examines how a new form of gaming, daily fantasy sports, (DFS) fits into existing anti-gambling laws.
March 6, 2015
By Fred B. Campbell, Jr.
This study, authored by University of Nebraska College of Law adjunct professor and Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology executive director Fred B. Campbell Jr.
February 18, 2015
By Matthew Glans
As the use of electronic cigarettes has grown, state and local governments across the nation have moved to increase taxes on these products.
February 10, 2015
By Steven Titch
Patent abuse is harming the U.S. economy. It interferes with market competition, stymies entrepreneurs and innovators, and ultimately costs consumers in higher prices and decreased availability of products and features.
December 1, 2014
By Robert Litan and Hal Singer
In this policy brief, Brookings Institute Economic Studies Program senior fellow Robert Litan and Progressive Policy Institute senior fellow Hal Singer study how FCC Title II reclassification of broadband service providers will increase consumer costs.
November 25, 2014
By Matthew Glans
Municipal broadband systems remain a popular idea in many cities, despite their failing track record.
November 14, 2014
By Jason M. Aivaz
This article, written by University of Mississippi School of Law’s Jason Aivaz, examines fantasy sports’ standing under state and federal gambling and gaming laws.
November 13, 2014
Net Neutrality Regulations Would Break the InternetOn Monday, November 10, President Barack Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadband networks as a utility under the provisions of Title II and enact “net neutrality”
October 28, 2014
By Jeffrey A. Tucker
This article, written by Foundation for Economic Education distinguished fellow and Heartland Institute policy advisor Jeffery Tucker, discusses the “peer-to-peer revolution”—also called the “sharing economy”—and examines how the execution of free-market
October 16, 2014
Wireless Taxes Are Twice as High as the Average Sales TaxAccording to a report recently released by the Tax Foundation, Americans now pay an average of 17.05 percent in combined federal, state, and local tax and fees on wireless service.
October 8, 2014
By Scott Mackey
This study, released by the non-partisan Tax Foundation, surveys state and local wireless taxes and fees levied against wireless telephone users. On average, customers are forced to pay 5.
September 24, 2014
By Matthew Glans
The electric utility company running Chattanooga, Tennessee’s municipal broadband recently filed a petition to override a state law that prevents it from offering broadband data and video services to residents and businesses outside its electricity
September 24, 2014
By Matthew Glans
Congressional leaders are now looking to move the vote on extending the moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access and on discriminatory taxes on emails and other data to the lame duck session and push to attach to it the unpopular,
September 8, 2014
In September 2014, The Heartland Institute joined a growing coalition of free-market public policy institutes, signing a joint letter urging members of Congress to oppose the passage of the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act, a bill seeking to
August 25, 2014
By Matthew Glans
Federal Communications Commission445 12th Street S.W.Washington, D.C. 20554 RE: Commission Seeks Comment on Application of Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable Inc., Charter Communications, Inc.
August 21, 2014
By R. Craig Curtis, Michael C. Gizzi, Michael J. Kittleson
This paper analyzes the current state of the law on the meaning of the Fourth Amendment as related to electronic devices, such as cell phones and computers.
July 14, 2014
By Bret Swanson
The Internet is open and will remain so. Consumers and businesses today enjoy access to more communications capacity, more distribution channels, more network options, more devices, more apps, more content, more voices, and more information than ever.
July 14, 2014
By Joseph Henchman
In May 2013, the U.S.
June 2, 2014
By George S. Ford
In this article, published by the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies, Chief Economist George S. Ford examines the potential effects of allowing the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 (ITFA) to expire.
June 1, 2014
By Understanding the Debate Over Government-Owned Broadband Networks: Context, Lessons Learned, and a Way Forward for Policymakers
This paper, written by New York Law School Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute directors Charles M. Davidson and Michael J.
June 1, 2014
By Brian Deignan
This essay, written by Mercatus Center at George Mason University scholar Brian Deignan, examines the real-world economic impact of government-owned Internet initiatives on communities’ economies and markets.
May 29, 2014
By Matthew Glans
The Federal Communications Commission in May voted 3-2 to advance new Internet rules addressing two major policies: The first bans broadband providers from blocking or slowing down Web sites, but allows them to strike deals with content companies for
May 23, 2014
By Matthew Glans
Municipal broadband efforts have failed in nearly every place they have been implemented, costing taxpayers millions while tackling a nonexistent problem.
May 22, 2014
By Alex Monahan
PolicyBot: The "Google" for Free-Market ResearchThe Heartland Institute understands the value of effective and comprehensive research and commentary for elected public officials and policy experts.
April 24, 2014
By Alex Monahan
FDA Begins Regulating E-CigarettesAfter announcing it would regulate electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) three years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today took the first step toward exercising that authority.
April 24, 2014
By Alex Monahan
Over the past several years, the popularity of “ridesharing” services has grown exponentially across the country.
April 18, 2014
By Alex Monahan
Tax Three Days! It’s that time of year again when everyone is in the spirit of giving ... that’s right, it’s tax season.