Internet Taxes (adopted in 2003)
Council supports the position of the Internet Tax Fairness Coalition.
The Coalition is an alliance of business, consumer, retail, technology
and communications companies and associations that promote clear and
simple tax rules for the borderless marketplace.
The Coalition supports neutral tax treatment of Internet commerce.
The Coalition supports federal legislation that would:
the Mass Technology Leadership Council believes that electronic
commerce should be treated as a mainstream economic activity, the
Council supports the recent Massachusetts legislation that authorized
the Commonwealth to enter into the agreement simplifying state sales tax
laws adopted by the Streamlined Sales Tax Project, while avoiding the
imposition of onerous administrative burdens being placed upon small
Principles to be Considered in the Regulation of Spam (adopted in 2003)
is a threat to the long-term viability of the permission-based
commercial email industry. The Council supports efforts by the
information technology industry to develop technology-based solutions to
the problems created by spam.
Council believes that regulation of spam should be addressed at the
federal level. But because Congress has not enacted legislation, the
issue has moved to the state level.
Council has adopted the following principles to serve as a benchmark
against which legislation regulating spam should be measured:
an affirmative defense in an action brought pursuant to the
Commonwealth’s consumer protection statute if the defendant has
established and implemented, with due care, reasonable practices and
procedures to prevent violations of these principles.
Deployment of Broadband Services
believe that broadband services (high-speed IP connectivity) should be
universally available and affordable. We believe that a market-based
economy promotes competition among broadband providers and stimulates
innovation in applications, services and next generation infrastructure.
We support the growth and development of all forms of broadband, and we
are neutral as to which will prevail in the market. (adopted in 2000)
believe that federal policies should permit providers who invest in
their own facilities to charge Fair Rates to providers who lease these
facilities, but on the condition that facilities-based providers
implement Open Network Standards and Non-Discriminatory Practices. This
condition is necessary in order to promote innovation and competition.
(adopted in 2002)
Net Neutrality (adopted in 2006)
Council supports policies that ensure unfettered access to lawful
Internet content and services so that the free market can continue to
determine the success of Internet innovation. The Council supports the
following principles in support of an open, non-discriminatory platform
and consumers of Internet services should not be subject to
limitations, redirections, or degradations of service by network
operators who may want to favor their own content and services over
Protection of Online Privacy (adopted in 2003)
Council supports the position that if companies voluntarily create
effective privacy policies for their web sites, regulation is not
needed, as companies would then be subject to the Federal Trade
Commission's existing authority to regulate false and deceptive
To protect the privacy of users on-line, companies should voluntarily create effective privacy policies for their web sites by:
Implementing the "Fair Information Practices" of:
in third party seal programs (Better Business Bureau On-line; Trust E,
etc.) to monitor and verify the implementation of the Fair Information
Practices and to provide for user complaint resolution;
the Platform for Privacy Preferences, P3P, in order to aid users in
understanding the privacy policies of web sites they visit. The
technology industry is increasingly emphasizing this technology-based
approach, a standard developed by the Worldwide Web Consortium and
implemented by Microsoft in Version 6 of Internet Explorer.
Council further supports the position that if legislation is proposed
to protect on-line privacy, it should be considered only at the federal
level, and it should only:
Council believes that regulation at the state level is impractical
because state authorities can only reach servers located within their
jurisdiction, and state efforts to regulate Internet content have been
invalidated by courts as an unconstitutional regulation of interstate
the Council believes that any proposed legislation should not
disadvantage the on-line world, as compared to the off-line world.
Security Breach (adopted in 2006)
recognize the need to protect consumers from actual breaches of
personal information. However, businesses are already taking
significant steps to address security issues by adopting internal
notification procedures. Companies that do so should not be penalized
by a patchwork of inconsistent state laws.
security breach legislation should consider the following issues that
are of concern for businesses, particularly the many computer and
internet-based companies, hospitals and financial institutions that make
up the membership of the Council.
Definition of security breach
Unencrypted computerized data
Allowing notification by email
Third party data facilitators
Open Source/Open Standards (adopted in 2004)
state government purchases IT products and services, it should provide a
level playing field, in which open source and mixed solutions
(combination of open source and proprietary) are considered on the same
basis as other solutions, and with issues like functionality, total cost
of ownership, and long-term risk assessment determining the successful
bidders. In addition, we support the adoption of open standards,
wherever appropriate, by state government.
Government IT Infrastructure (adopted 2006)
Council supports the innovation and funding that will build and
maintain an up-to-date IT infrastructure, enabling government to
function effectively. It is important that Massachusetts has a
technology-enabled government and that this is an important part of
making Massachusetts a great place to live and work.