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FCC Continues to Forge Ahead with Net Neutrality Regulations

On July 11, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order No. 13579 to improve and reform the regulatory process for government agencies. How this Executive Order will be implemented remains to be seen, as some agencies are forging ahead with costly, unnecessary and burdensome regulations that contravene the intent of the Executive Order.

August 29, 2011 — Deborah Collier 1314590400

Rampant Waste Reported in NSF

A report was released on May 26, 2011 by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that exposed wasteful spending at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The report found $3 billion in mismanagement, with more than $1.2 billion of NSF’s total budget of $6.9 billion for fiscal year 2010 squandered due to waste, fraud, and duplication.

July 22, 2011 — CAGW Staff 1311307200

Google under Fire

Google is the world’s largest search engine, and Android by some estimates is the most popular mobile platform, but the company is facing several problems related to privacy and security, as well as the validity of claims made in regard to software designed for use by the government.

To Be Certified or Not to Be Certified

April 27, 2011 — Thomas Schatz 1303876800

Blackmail to Avoid Blackouts is Not Sound Policy

Imagine that you’re settling in to watch your favorite must-see-TV when your station de jour abruptly goes black. You suddenly can’t watch the big game, or the American Idol finale or (fill in your “can’t-live-without-it” show here). How could this possibly happen? You try rebooting your cable box as you frantically flip through the TV guide to make sure it’s really Super Bowl Sunday.

February 28, 2011 — CAGW Staff 1298869200

Net Loss

For many years there has been a vigorous debate on the pros and cons of net neutrality. On December 21, 2010, the nation took a technological step backwards when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to institute net neutrality rules on the Internet.

January 26, 2011 — CAGW Staff 1296079200

Privacy Problems

Privacy may mean different things to different people, but at a certain level everybody wants their privacy protected.  The advent and growth of the Internet has greatly amplified privacy issues. 

As with every other subject that comes to the forefront of the American psyche, Congress is gearing up to offer legislation to “protect privacy.”  As usual, this means Congress could do more harm than good.

September 30, 2010 — CAGW Staff 1285880400

Government Broadband Deployment Report Card: F

To say that the Internet has grown over the past 15 years is an understatement.  According to Internet World Stats, there were 16 million users in 1995 compared to 1.9 billion users in June, 2010, an increase of 11,775 percent.  In addition, the Internet is much faster as a result of the deployment of broadband, and its uses have also expanded exponentially.

July 31, 2010 — CAGW Staff 1280610000

CAGW Tells FCC: We Refuse to Stay Neutral

On January 13, 2010, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) filed comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to tread lightly on the net neutrality issue and consider its significant impact on America’s flourishing broadband industry.  CAGW filed a second letter on April 7, 2010 reaffirming its opposition to the proposed net neutrality regulations and urging the FCC to steer clear of a reclassification of broadband under Title II of the Communications Act.

March 31, 2010 — CAGW Staff 1270069200

To Infinite and Beyond!

In 2004, former President George W. Bush announced his “Vision for Space Exploration.” In it he called for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop new spaceflight vehicles as part of the Constellation Program that would aim to return humans to the Moon by 2020.  The estimated budget for implementing this program, according to a July 17, 2006 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, was nearly $230 billion. 

February 28, 2010 — Sean Kennedy 1267394400

Government Broadband is too Broad

When Congress passed and the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or the stimulus bill, in February 2009, $7.2 billion was allocated to expand broadband in the United States.  Of that amount, $2.5 billion was slated to go to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for its Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). This program supplements an existing RUS program aimed at underwriting broadband projects, the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.  That program was established by Congress as part of the 2002 Farm Bill, and modified as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.  Its primary goal is to provide loans to help bring Internet broadband service to unserved rural communities, which are generally defined as communities with populations of less than 20,000.

February 28, 2010 — CAGW Staff 1267394400

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