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  • Congress can, and should, sort out the Internet's tax structure

    At the dawn of the broadband era, Congress recognized that the Internet was becoming so fundamental to communications and the economy that it barred states from taxing the services that enabled people to log on. But some anti-tax groups and online businesses have hijacked the "Don't tax the Internet" rallying cry for a specious argument: They say companies that sell taxable goods online shouldn't have to collect sales taxes from out-of-state buyers. The two issues are intersecting in Congress this year, and lawmakers should renew the ban on new and potentially duplicative taxes on the Internet while also helping states enforce the sales tax laws that already apply to online purchases.
  • Protest delays FBI's huge sole-source deal with Motorola

    WASHINGTON A protest by a small two-way radio manufacturer has stalled an FBI plan to hand a sole-source contract worth up to $500 million to emergency communications giant Motorola Solutions Inc., mainly to upgrade the bureau's 30-year-old network....

    Harford County government loses Internet service after Sunday's storm

    Harford County government loses Internet service after Sunday's storm
    Harford County government got its Internet service restored Monday afternoon after having no web access or email for about 16 hours, an apparent casualty of the thunderstorms that swept through the area around midnight Sunday. The county website went...

    Disruptive democracy in Towson [Editorial]

    Disruptive democracy in Towson  [Editorial]
    We take the Baltimore County Police Department at its word that its officers were just trying to give some helpful tips to a pair of Dundalk activists about the rules of decorum at County Council work sessions and not trying to intimidate them into...

    Forward thinking on the Red Line [Letter]

    Forward thinking on the Red Line [Letter]
    As a city homeowner and transit user, I am extremely pleased to see that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is fighting to secure the Red Line ("Mayor reaffirms city's support for Red Line," July 24). If Baltimore is to be competitive in the years ahead, it...