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FCC Understates Success of Broadband

On August 21, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its eighth annual report on advanced communications capability in America, pursuant to section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Using the information in this report,...

September 24, 2012
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Retransmission and Must Carry Rules Must Go!

Television has changed vastly since the days analog signals carried only three major networks and one or two other channels over the airways. Today, there is a wide range of viewing options available to consumers, ranging from cable and fiber optic...

August 24, 2012
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Round 3: Net Neutrality Debate Continues

Even as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has yet to weigh in on the Verizon case against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCCs) net neutrality 2010 Report and Order on Preserving the Open Internet (FCC 10-210),...

June 12, 2012
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Leveraging cloud computing to ensure cost savings

As government agencies at all levels continue to face tremendous pressure to do more with less, the use of cloud computing tools to reduce the cost of information technology (IT) infrastructure is particularly enticing as an opportunity to save...

May 12, 2012
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Stop the state raids on the E 911 communications funds

In most situations, consumers expect to get what they are paying for. For example, communications bills in most states include an Enhanced 911 (E 911) tax or fee. Based on its title, consumers would assume that this money is used for upgrades to the...

April 12, 2012
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Developing a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

As the use of online services increases, reports about the tracking and monitoring of consumers’ online use by government and corporations are on the rise.

March 12, 2012
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Lifeline/Link -Up Reform on FCC Agenda

The Lifeline program is part of the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) low-income support services, providing subsidized telephone services to low-income households. The low-income support program also includes the Link-Up program, which provides a...

February 27, 2012
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Connect America Fund: Continuing the Universal Service Fee with No End in Sight

On November 18, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its much-anticipated 759-page proposed rulemaking for the Connect America Fund (CAF), which sets out to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Intercarrier...

January 30, 2012
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News from ALEC

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held its States and Nation Policy Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona from November 29, 2011 to December 2, 2011. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) staff was present during several meetings of the...

January 30, 2012
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Another Failing Federal Loan Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Electrification Administration (REA) program began during the New Deal Era of the 1930’s. The program’s primary goal was to promote rural electrification to farmers and residents in out of the way...

December 21, 2011
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FCC Delivers a Turkey for Thanksgiving

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is dropping a regulatory turkey on everyone’s doorstep. On November 20, 2011, the final rules of the “Open Internet Order,” also known as net neutrality, become...

November 26, 2011
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Using Broadband Spectrum Auctions to Reduce the Deficit

As the White House, Congress and particularly the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction look for ways to reduce spending and enhance revenues, close scrutiny is being given to both the allocation of broadband spectrum and the use of voluntary...

November 26, 2011

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