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18 Mar

FCC Releases Net Neutrality Rules, But Litigation and Investigation Likely

On March 12, the Federal Communications Commission released 400 pages of net neutrality rules, in which the commission reclassified broadband Internet service as a public utility, subject to Title II regulation.

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12 Mar

Marketplace Fairness Act Reintroduced in Senate

On Tuesday, a group of U.S. senators reintroduced the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would level the playing field for Main Street retailers.

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05 Mar

Supreme Court Justice Opens Door for E-Fairness

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sent a challenge to a Colorado use tax law back to federal court has sparked hope among proponents of e-fairness.

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29 Jan

Amazon to Collect Sales Tax in Illinois Starting February 1

Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Illinois beginning February 1 as part of a deal the online retailer struck with state officials in October 2014.

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22 Jan

House Judiciary Chair Circulates Radically Different Sales Tax Bill

U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has circulated draft sales tax fairness legislation that would ask most states to radically change their sales tax systems, according to media reports.

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21 Jan

Michigan Governor Signs E-Fairness Into Law

On Thursday, January 15, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the recently passed Main Street Fairness legislation into law, thereby leveling the playing field for the state’s Main Street retailers.

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13 Jan

Amazon Cuts Off Its Online Affiliates in Vermont

In response to news that Amazon had fired its Vermont affiliates because of a 2011 e-fairness law that could potentially kick in this year, ABA and Advocates for Independent Business have launched an e-mail campaign asking Vermont indie retailers to contact Gov. Peter Shumlin in support of the law.

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11 Dec

House Tables E-Fairness Legislation: Indies Look to States to Level Playing Field

Late last week, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner dashed any hopes Main Street retailers had of getting a federal e-fairness solution passed during the lame-duck Congressional session.

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10 Dec

Ohio Indie Retailers Urge Speaker Boehner to Consider E-Fairness

Seventeen small business owners representing 21 stores in Ohio have sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner to express their strong disappointment regarding his lack of support for sales tax fairness.

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30 Oct

Booksellers Find Benefits in Offering Free and Discounted Shipping

For many online shoppers, high shipping charges from retailers are a deal breaker. Increasingly, retailers large and small — including indie booksellers — are taking a close look at their policies in order to respond to consumer preferences.

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30 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Retailers setting earlier shipping deadlines this holiday season; Report highlights top cities supporting African American literature; Marvel Comics now available on Kobo; 2014 Kirkus Prize winners announced

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30 Oct

Amazon Strikes Tax Deal in Illinois

Illinois state officials have announced that Amazon will be building a distribution center in the state and it’s expected that the online retailer will be receiving tax credits from the state. Under a new law that went into effect in August, Amazon is obligated to collect and remit sales tax to the state beginning January 1, 2015.

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10 Oct

New Republic Urges Government Action to Stop Amazon

In an October 9 cover story, the New Republic editor Franklin Foer likens Amazon to the monopolies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but says it’s a newer “species” of monopoly, one that needs to be addressed by a “robust regulatory state.”

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09 Oct

A Special Offer for Stores New to IndieCommerce

Because having an online presence is essential to contemporary bookselling, ABA has created a special offer for members that have not previously been IndieCommerce stores.

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14 Aug

BTW News Briefs

RosettaBooks inks deal with Ingram Publisher Services; Best Little Bookshop goes beta; Binc Foundation honored, names new Board members; Finalists for 2014 Thurber Prize announced

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