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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).

June 11, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1560276660

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.

June 3, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1559588848

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.

May 31, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1559307402

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.

May 21, 2019 — Peter Klensch 1558457027

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.

May 20, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1558369365

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.

Benefits of 5G

With all the focus on creating a nationwide fifth generation (5G) network, questions often arise about why it is important for the U.S. to lead in 5G development, the benefits of moving to 5G, and why is there a continual push for more spectrum to be made available for 5G.

April 25, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1556211434

Citizens Against Government Waste Report Finds Plan for Private Spectrum Sale Could Cost Taxpayers Billions

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released a report entitled, “The Race to 5G:  Protecting Taxpayers through Spectrum Auctions.”  The report emphasized the need for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to oversee a fully transparent, public spectrum auction to ensure taxpayers – not a private consortium of foreign-based satellite companies - reap the benefits that tens of billions of dollars would bring in through a public auction. 

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Statement on House Passage of the Government Takeover of the Internet

(Washington, D.C.)– Today, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement strongly criticizing the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1644, the “Save the Internet Act."

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