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24 GHz Spectrum Auction Wraps Amid Inter-Agency Controversy

As private sector companies continue to build next generation (5G) wireless networks, a controversy over the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction of the 24 GHz frequency is brewing.  Spectrum Auction 102 was completed on May 29, 2019, auctioning approximately 2,900 licenses in the 24.25 and 25.25 GHz bands and generating more than $2 billion.  This auction opens a critical bandwidth of spectrum necessary to provide 5G connectivity in dense urban areas using millimeter wave high-band spectrum.

No, AOC - Tornados in D.C. Are Not Another Sign of Global Warming

Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), never lacking for a fun sound bite, released an anxiety-ridden Instagram over a tornado warning that was issued in Washington, D.C. at about 3:50 pm on May 23.

Welcome to Washington Congresswoman!  You will soon learn that severe thunderstorms during summer afternoons are practically a daily occurrence and tornado warnings are nothing new.

A Government-Owned 5G Network Would Be a Massive Boondoggle

Despite mounting evidence to the contrary and President Trump’s announcement that he opposes nationalization of 5G, this idea keeps resurfacing.  And like many other concepts emanating from the Beltway Bandits, this one would be costly and disastrous.  It should be buried and not resurrected.

Members of Congress Again Fail to Learn a Lesson

On May 20, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee released its report to accompany the Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2020.  The report provides funding for 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, 12 more than was requested by the Department of Defense (DOD).  This follows the established trend in recent years, including FY 2019, when legislators earmarked $1.8 billion for the JSF program, adding 18 aircraft above th

U.S. Should Not Import Foreign Price Controls on Drugs

On May 20, 2019, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, spoke before the 72nd World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) under the United Nations (UN), in Geneva, Switzerland. This assembly is held annually and attended by delegations from the 150 WHO member states, including the United States.

USVI Should Avoid Repeating Municipal Broadband Failures

A U.S. Virgin Islands’ (USVI) public utility company is positioning itself to create a municipal broadband network that could come at the expense of hundreds of millions of duplicative taxpayer dollars under the guise of recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria.

House Appropriations Imposes Limits on JEDI Contract

The House Appropriations Committee released its report to accompany the Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2020.  Included in the report is language that would restrict the expenditure of funds for the DOD’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud procurement.

FCC Chair Says T-Mobile Sprint Merger Good for Rural Americans

On May 20, 2019, T-Mobile US, Inc. and Sprint Corporation filed documents with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which demonstrated the companies’ commitment to serving rural Americans should their merger be approved.  These commitments were quickly followed by announcements from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Brendan Carr that with these additional commitments and the divesture of T-Mobile’s Boost Prepaid plan, they believe the merger to be in the public interest.

Update on Texas High Speed Rail

The legislative session in Texas ends in less than two weeks, so the legislature has little time left to address the legal ambiguity surrounding the claim by the private company Texas Central Partners, LLC that it has the authority to use imminent domain to seize the land it needs to build a planned high-speed rail project from Dallas to Houston.

Ohio House Bill 6 Would Hurt Consumers in the Buckeye State

Ohio lawmakers are considering raising consumer’s energy bills in the Buckeye State to bail out two unprofitable nuclear power plants which have been scheduled for shut down in two years. The nuclear plants are run by FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) which is filing for bankruptcy as part of a restructuring plan that will separate the business from its parent company, FirstEnergy Corp.

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