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. 

Reduce Regulatory Burdens Instead of Increasing Fees

Innovative technology has become the foundation for performing mundane tasks, such as vacationing, buying groceries, and even catching a ride, in new inventive ways.  The sharing economy is on the cusp of such a revolution, using mobile apps to offer consumers new ways to connect with the services they want to use.  However, as noted in a June 2016 WasteWatcher article by Citizens Against Government Waste’s State Policy and Government Affairs Manager Andrew Nehring, ride-sharing has come u

CAGW Releases August 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
August 18, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its August 2016 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 August edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

The FCC’s Lifeline Breakdown

Citizens Against Government Waste highlighting the programmatic issues of the Universal Service Fund (USF) and its Lifeline program for low-income individuals in its 2014 report Telecom Unplugged: Ushering in a New Digital Era.  The USF was created by Congress to expand communications technology in unserved regions of the country.  The original mission of the Lifeline support program was to provide basic telephone service to low-income individuals.  This program was expanded in 2008 to include wireless phone service, and on March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to further expand the program to include broadband internet subsidies.


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CAGW Names Montana Gov. Steve Bullock February 2018 Porker of the Month

Gov. Bullock is CAGW's Porker of the Month for issuing an executive order that would rob Montana consumers of a 21st century internet.