Tech-Telecom

Spectrum Auction Moves Forward

A November 10, 2015 report from Gartner noted that the Internet of Things (IoT) will reach 6.4 billion devices in 2016.  By 2020, that number will potentially reach 20.8 billion devices, all of which will need access to spectrum in order to function.  However, spectrum is already limited in availability due to the use of mobile technology, digital goods, and mobile Internet.

CCAGW Applauds House Passage of H.R. 699 – Email Privacy Act

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 27, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) applauds the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, by a unanimous vote of 419-0.

Digital Creativity on World IP Day

As the theme for World IP Day 2016 is “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined,” it is a good time to remind everyone who loves music, particularly those who access songs online, that the royalty structure in the United States is out of balance with today’s distribution methods.

Don Quixote Alive and Well at the FCC

Rather than tilting at windmills trying to solve problems that don’t exist, government agencies should proceed with great care before imposing technical mandates on an industry.  Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appears to be taking a “shoot from the hip” approach to regulating, and currently has its sights set on abrogating intellectual property (IP) rights.

CAGW Releases April 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 19, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its April WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its April edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

The Perilous Journey of the Lifeline Program

There are times when the proceedings at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are like watching The Perils of Pauline.  Such was the case on March 31, 2016, when efforts to reform and improve the Lifeline program in a bipartisan and unanimous manner were railroaded into oblivion after numerous delays in convening a scheduled hearing.

Privacy’s Rookie Cop on the Beat

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval on February 26, 2015, of the Open Internet Order did more than just place the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.  It also gave the FCC the right to regulate online consumer privacy protection, despite the fact that such power duplicates the authority long held by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  Always the zealot when it comes to controlling all aspects of communications, on March 31, 2016, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for consumer privacy protections solely related to Internet service providers (ISPs).

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CAGW Names Rep. Bennie Thompson June 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Thompson is CAGW's Porker of the Month for attempting to create taxpayer-funded dorms for members of Congress.