Or if you're just watching Netflix. The advantage may not be as big downstream, but double the data rate still isn't to be sneezed at.
You're joking, right? Netflix in HD runs at a MAX of about 6Mbps. On a phone-sized screen, you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between that and a 1Mbps stream. 300Mbps vs. 600Mbps is like debating whether you need a 747 or an A380 to deliver a 10 pound package.
This is more irrational pandering to protect existing business interests -- which isn't really what legislatures should be doing (but do anyway).
On the contrary, this is highly RATIONAL pandering, from the POV of the Ohio legislators. Irrational pandering would be sucking up to people who have no social influence, don't vote, and don't make political contributions.
Porches are notorious for "biting your head off" when you make a mistakes (of course not all of them).
Really? Remind me never to visit your house, or at least have you meet me out in the yard.
If I remember my history, there were 5 Justices for a population of 3.5 million and a very small federal government and now there are 9 justices for a population of 300 million, a monstrous federal government, and a much more complex Constitution.
Failing to review nearly all of the requested cases is not a feature, if the system has any credibility left, it's a failure.
They didn't "fail to review." They reviewed, and determined that there wasn't any reason to take the case.
There is a good reason why the SCOTUS refused to hear this: It would be struck down. Article 1, section 9 of the US Constitution states: "No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State." To put it simply: If I own a store in New Mexico, and I sell to somebody who lives in a different state... I don't collect any taxes or duties on that item. If I have a store in that state, I will have to collect taxes.
Your knowledge of the appellate process is matched by your understanding of interstate commerce law. If SCOTUS believes that something will be struck down, it DOES grant cert (e.g. accept the case). Refusing to hear the case means that the court believes the lower court decision was correctly decided. As for your comment on "no tax or duty," that would only be relevant if a state were placing taxes on out of state vendors that DON'T apply to in state vendors (i.e. NY wants Amazon to collect 20% sales tax, but Best Buy only has to charge 10%). In other words, it prohibits states from placing tariffs on the produce of other states to protect in-state producers. Again, there is ZERO debate that when a person in NY purchases something from Amazon, sales tax is owed on that transaction. The only question has been whether Amazon is obliged to collect that tax on behalf of the state, or whether the state needs to go directly to the purchaser to do it.
There is no SCOTUS ruling. SCOTUS let a (very bad) state decision stand. Why is it bad? Anything that even *leans* towards someone in state A having to pay taxes to, and which were legislated in, state B, is destructive to the very fabric of the states. Federal taxes are bad enough (for their over-reach and the incredible misuses the money is put to and the inability of the citizen to have actual effective representation in any tax matter) but add my state wanting new highways and taxing your purchase in your state to enable that, or any variation thereto... now you have well and truly screwed the pooch.
1. The taxes at issue here are YOUR STATE'S taxes. It's not you (as a resident of State A) being forced to pay State B's taxes. The question is under what circumstances a business can be forced to collect State A's taxes for purchases made by residents in State A. If you don't like State A's taxes, you can work to get them changed, or move to a state with lower taxes (I hear B is nice this time of year).
2. Technically, sales taxes are paid by the buyer, not the seller. The only issue here is under what circumstances State A can force Amazon to collect State A's taxes - in the absence of Amazon collecting them, you're supposed to submit them yourself.