Regulatory Rumblings

Tax Reform and Economic Growth

Posted: Sep 11, 2017 12:30pm ET

In his acclaimed recent book, “The Rise and Fall of American Growth,” Robert J. Gordon, the noted economic historian, provides a history of American growth trends since the Civil War. Importantly, Gordon’s book provides an extremely useful historical context for the rapidly approaching tax reform debate and potential proposals to limit or amortize advertising deductions.


New Self-Regulatory Leaders Bolster Industry Efforts

Posted: Sep 6, 2017 9:15am ET

The Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC), which establishes the policies and procedures for advertising industry self-regulation, and the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), which administers the self-regulatory system, have announced the appointments of new directors for two advertising programs.


“Adolescent Creep” is Edging too Far

Posted: Aug 24, 2017 11:45am ET

In our last blog post, we discussed an overly restrictive proposal in Canada that is aimed at severely curtailing advertising of certain types of food and beverages to children. While the problems with this proposal range from the definition of “unhealthy” to the vast amount of media for which advertising would be banned, the most worrisome to the ad community is that the age limit for “chil ...


Canada, UK Take Aim at Legitimate Food Marketing

Posted: Aug 21, 2017 9:15am ET

Even though all varieties of truthful and non-deceptive food advertising have long received commercial speech protections under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, this is not the case in other countries – even our next-door neighbors.


Advertisers Welcome New FCC Commissioners

Posted: Aug 3, 2017 4:00pm ET

Today, the Senate approved the nominations for Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the two vacant Commissioner seats at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Carr, a Republican, and Rosenworcel, a Democrat, will both bring many years of experience and expertise in telecommunications to the FCC regulatory arena and will serve as fair and thoughtful Commissioners.


Advertising Tax Deduction at Serious Risk

Posted: Jul 28, 2017 11:00am ET

House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, issued a Joint Statement on Tax Reform yesterday.


Connected Devices are Connecting Data and Privacy

Posted: Jul 18, 2017 9:15am ET

Currently, there are about 8.4 billion connected devices worldwide, up 31 percent from 2016 according to Gartner’s estimates. The consumer segment is the largest user base of these devices with 5.2 billion units being utilized in 2017.


Full Slate of Commissioners Coming to the FCC

Posted: Jun 29, 2017 3:00pm ET

President Donald Trump has just nominated Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Counsel Brendan Carr to fill the open Republican seat on the Commission.


Et tu, California? ISP Privacy Bill Moving through the Legislature.

Posted: Jun 21, 2017 12:45pm ET

While the advertising community has been successful over the past several months in defeating or mitigating all Internet Service Provider (ISP) privacy bills at the state level, California is now seriously considering enacting substantial legislation that would completely change the way advertisers operate in the state.


ANA Welcomes Jessica Rosenworcel’s Renomination to the FCC

Posted: Jun 16, 2017 12:15pm ET

ANA is very pleased to see the President moving forward on filling open Commissioner slots at the FCC. Jessica Rosenworcel would bring to her new FCC term a great deal of background and experience in telecommunications matters, acquired during her many years of public service.