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The Turducken of Broadband

A turducken is the epitome of overbuild.  One takes a deboned chicken, covers it in stuffing, wraps it with a deboned duck, adds some more stuffing on top of the duck, and wraps it again with a deboned turkey.  That may be all well and good for a hearty Thanksgiving, but it is no feast when a city or town decides to spend taxpayer dollars to build a government-run broadband network.  The thick layers of government control over easements, pole attachments, permitting requirements, and the local tax base that are slapped together to directly compete against private internet providers make a turducken look like a simple endeavor. 

FedRAMP Four Years Later

On June 6, 2012, the Federal Risk Assessment Management Program (FedRAMP) began accepting applications from cloud service providers and federal agencies to obtain authorization to operate (ATO) cloud services within the federal government.  On October 27, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced it will begin an audit of the program to measure its progress, strengths and weaknesses.

CAGW Lists Taxpayer Tricks and Treats For Halloween 2016

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

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released the 16th annual compilation of scary, surreal, and spine-tingling taxpayer tricks and treats.  The following is CAGW’s list of nominees for inclusion in the Fiscal House of Horrors for 2016…

Wireless Tax Burdens Continue to Grow

In December 2005, there were 207.9 million wireless subscriber connections in the U.S.  As of the end of December 2015, that number had grown to 377.9 million wireless subscribers, a gain of more than 170 million over the ten-year period.  Today’s mobile devices and services provide much more than just the ability to make a phone call.  As new generations of mobile services have continued to innovate, wireless devices can now access email, text, and data allowing consumers to communicate

Transparency Needed at the FCC

There is a problem with transparency at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) relating to the sharing of information with the public on critical regulatory matters under consideration.

CAGW Reacts to FCC Decision to Delay a Vote on Set-Top Box Rules

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
September 29, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) responded to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to delay a vote on its set-top box rules.

Set-Top Box Proposal Takes Center Stage

Technology innovations are great, and the advancement of the electronics industry over the past 20 years has been astounding.  However, when the federal government steps in to mandate technology, typically progress comes to a halt.  Such is the case with the set-top box.  The cable industry has been in the process of moving away from using these dusty dinosaurs of video viewing by developing apps that consumers will be able to load on any device to view their programming.  Sounds great, right?

Government Should Not Restrict Free-Data Plans

One only needs to look at the mobile phone bill of a connected teenager’s parent to know that mobile data use is on the rise.  Often driven by homework and school expectations, teenagers consume large amounts of mobile data performing classroom internet searches, video messaging their fellow students working on team assignments, as well as watching video streams and podcasts.  These activities are in addition to the music streaming and game playing one normally associates with teenage internet use.  For households with limited income, paying for data overages can often strain the family bud

The God of Communications is Alive and Well at the FCC

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler is doing his best to emulate Mercury, the God of Communications, whose portfolio also covered commerce and transportation.  (He was also known as a trickster and guided people into the Underworld.)

The chairman has imposed ancient communications laws on the Internet, usurped the Federal Trade Commission’s role on privacy enforcement, and now wants to undermine intellectual property rights by holding and issuing copyrights to creators and owners of licensed broadcast material. 

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CAGW Names Rep. Elijah Cummings November 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Cummings is CAGW's November Porker of the Month for attempting to place price controls on prescription drugs.