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In its role as the collective voice of newspapers in Washington, NAA is an advocate on policy issues impacting newspaper business operations. These issues range from the congressional debate over corporate tax reform to Department of Labor rules on independent contractor classification to industry compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations. In addition, NAA provides information to our member newspapers so that they can take action on their own in support of sustainable business practices that help preserve and protect the environment.

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NAA Working to Improve Telemarketing Restrictions

October 27, 2015

NAA is a member of Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE) and is participating in a telemarketing coalition led by the Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform. Both groups are currently challenging the FCC’s recent telemarketing decision and both cases have been consolidated in the DC Circuit Court.

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NAA Testimony: Broadcast Ownership in the 21st Century

September 25, 2015

NAA Senior VP/Public Policy Paul Boyle provided oral testimony at the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing on "Broadcast Ownership in the 21st Century" on September 25, 2015. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Newspaper Association of America commends this subcommittee for focusing on issues of broadcast ownership in the 21st Century. We believe that one of the most important aspects of media ownership today is ensuring that ownership is not restricted by outdated regulations that do not reflect today’s 21st century media marketplace.

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FCC Issues Pro-Consumer Clarifications to the TCPA

June 23, 2015

Over the years, the telemarketing industry has filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking clarifications to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). On June 18, the FCC responded to these petitions with an order that is pro-consumer with negative implications for telemarketers.  

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The PATENT Act: Why Patent Trolls Are a Problem for Newspapers

May 19, 2015

The Newspaper Association of America as part of the coalition United for Patent Reform, supports the provisions of the PATENT Act that create risks for bad actors, curbs abusive demand letters, and increases transparency.

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Printing Press Values in an Era of Market Contraction and Technological Change

June 12, 2014

NAA commissioned financial consulting firm, Bond & Pecaro, to write a White Paper providing an overview of the economics of the newspaper industry today and, more specifically, to provide details on the state of the current marketplace for large commercial printing press systems.

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Tax reform bill would have negative impact on newspapers

March 14, 2014

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp released in late February a comprehensive tax reform package with the goal of fixing “America’s broken tax code by lowering tax rates while making the code simpler and fairer.” At the heart of the sweeping proposal is the lowering of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 25 percent, and consolidating the seven individual tax brackets into two – a 10 percent and 25 percent bracket. There is, however, a 10 percent surcharge assessed on some professionals earning $450,000 or more in income.

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FCC telemarketing update: Comments filed in support of PACE petition seeking clarification on definition of auto dialers

January 09, 2014

In February 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released new rules implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991. The TCPA’s goal is to protect consumers from unwanted autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls, often called robocalls. Autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls to cell phones and prerecorded telemarketing calls to residential landlines now require “prior express consent” in writing from consumers.

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Newspapers and Sustainability

July 06, 2011

Newspapers desire to be good corporate citizens and have made changes in the way they do business that will have long-term benefits for the environment. Since 2000 over 70 percent of all old newspapers in the United States were recovered and recycled. The average amount of recycled fiber content in newsprint used by U.S. newspapers has increased from 10 percent in 1989 to almost 30 percent today. In addition, most newspapers have switched to vegetable-based inks in lieu of petroleum oils. As a solution for global warming/climate change is sought, newspapers will be searching for ways to reduce their “carbon footprint” and use of energy.

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