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Digital Video Piracy Isn't Fun and Games

Technology is continually changing, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the video piracy space.  In 2014, CAGW President Tom Schatz and I co-authored a report entitled, Intellectual Property:  Making It Personal, where we discussed the ongoing issues surrounding the protection of intellectual property rights.  In this report, we referred to a study conducted by Envisional, which concluded that more than 99 percent of the traf

State AGs Are Wrong on T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

On June 11, 2019, 10 state attorneys general (AGs), in California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Virginia and Wisconsin filed a lawsuit opposing the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, claiming that its approval would lead to increased consumer prices and decreased competition.  In six of those states, the public utility commission (PUC) had already approved the mergers, while California’s PUC still has it under review.  The state AGs seem to be engaging in

CAGW Leads Coalition to FCC Supporting a Review of 5.9 GHz Spectrum

CAGW and IEI lead coalition of 17 organizations calling for the FCC to review 5.9 GHz spectrum frequency usage.

A Free Internet One Year Later

One year ago, net neutrality proponents were demanding action, protesting in the streets, and threatening public officials and their families because the internet was going to die when the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) became effective on June 11, 2018.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the RIFO on December 14, 2017, which overturned the 2015 Open Internet Order (OIO).

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.

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.

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.

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.

CAGW Leads Coalition Letter to OMB on JEDI Contract

May 16, 2019

The Honorable Russell Vought, Acting Director

Office of Management and Budget

725 17th Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C.  20503

Dear Acting Director Vought,

The undersigned organizations, representing millions of members and supporters across the country, write to voice our strong concerns over the $10 billion sole source Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative (JEDI) cloud services project, for which the Department of Defense (DOD) is currently reviewing requests for proposals under Solicitation No. HQ0034-18-R-0077. 

Texas - Support HB 3535 and SB 1152

April 29, 2019

Texas House of Representatives
State Capitol
Austin, TX 78701

Dear Representative,

I understand that you will shortly be voting on both HB 3535 and SB 1152, legislation that would ensure a fair system of taxation for telecommunications providers. On behalf of the 148,867 members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) in Texas, I urge you to support HB 3535/SB 1152, which would enhance Texas’s position as a leading state in technology and telecommunications.

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CAGW Names Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham June 2019 Porker of the Month

Gov. Lujan Grisham is CAGW's Porker of the Month for collaborating with green energy firms to enact a "Mini-Green New Deal."