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First Meeting of the E-Commerce Commission
College of William & Mary, University Center
Williamsburg, Virginia
June 21 -- 22, 1999

See the minutes.

See the transcripts.

Selected presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the presenter's name. The files are in Powerpoint or Microsoft Word format so you must have the appropriate software to view them.

June 21, 1999

4:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m. Organizational Meeting
Location: East Lounge, Williamsburg Inn
  • Election of Chairman
  • Opening Remarks of Chairman
  • Appointment of Executive Director
  • Administrative Matters (such as voting on charter, operating rules, future meeting dates and locations, proposed budget, and funding program)
5:00 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m. Press Availability (Commission Members)

June 22, 1999
Location: College of William & Mary, University Center

NOTE: The meeting was open to the public and the media. Also, it was webcast, courtesty of PSINet.

8:00 a.m. -- 8:30 a.m. Public Registration
8:30 -- 8:50 Opening Remarks
Honorable James S. Gilmore, III, Chairman and
Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia
8:50 -- 9:10 Vision of the Internet
John Sidgmore, Vice Chairman MCI WorldCom and
Chairman UUNET and
Commissioner Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce
9:10 -- 10:15 Opening Remarks by Commission Members
10:15 -- 10:30 Morning Break
10:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.


Implications of Electronic Commerce for U.S. Domestic Economy and U.S. International Competitiveness

  • Andrew Pincus, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce, Presentation of "The Digital Economy"
  • Peter Merrill, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Washington, D.C.

Implications of Electronic Commerce for Global Economy, International Tax and Tariff Issues

  • Joseph Guttentag, Senior Advisor for Tax Policy, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Donald Abelson, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
12:30 -- 1:30 Lunch
Lunch is available for a fee in the food court of the University Hall.
1:30 -- 1:45 Press Conference for Commission Members
2:00 -- 4:15

Presentations (continued)

Sales & Use Taxes in United States

  • William Fox, Ph.D., University of Tennessee (Sales Taxes as Revenue Sources and Cyber Economy)
  • Austin Goolsbee, Ph.D., University of Chicago School of Business (The Impact of Taxation on Internet Sales)
  • Walter Hellerstein, J.D., University of Georgia School of Law (The Law of Sales Taxes in a Cyber Economy)

Policy Perspectives on Taxation in a Cyber Economy

4:15 -- 5:15 Open Discussion by Commission Members
5:15 -- 5:30 Closing Remarks by Honorable James S. Gilmore, III, Chairman &
Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia
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