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CAGW Weighs-In on FCC Cable Fees

September 13, 2018

Chairman Ajit Pai                                           
Federal Communications Commission           
445 12th Street, SW                                         
Washington, D.C. 20554                               

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly                   
Federal Communications Commission          
445 12th Street, SW                                        
Washington, D.C. 20554                              

Coalition Applauds FTC Hearings on Internet Platform Oversight and Accountability

September 12, 2018

Dear Honorable Chairman Simons and Honorable Commissioners:

The United States is the birthplace of the internet, and it is America’s commitment to freedom, the rule-of-law and free market capitalism that has allowed the internet to flourish. But as the internet matures, so too must the companies that have benefited most from its proliferation and adoption.

Proposed FCC Rules Push 5G Forward

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to make it easier than ever for communities across the nation to bring cutting-edge wireless service to millions of Americans. 

On September 26, 2018, the FCC will vote on a proposed rule that will hasten nationwide implementation of 5G cellular infrastructure. If adopted, the rules would limit the burdensome restrictions that local governments often place on the installation of “small cell” devices such as permitting fees, maintenance fees, and wait times.

FCC Commissioner Offers Commonsense Advice to Rural Utilities Service

Publicly-funded broadband overbuild is an ongoing problem across the country.  It is far easier to deploy new services alongside existing infrastructure than to build-out to those who remain in unserved areas. 

States Must Stop Diverting 9-1-1 Fees

The National Emergency Number Association estimates that 240 million 9-1-1 calls are made each year, with more than 80 percent of those calls originating from wireless devices in some areas of the country.  The 9-1-1 emergency systems, including fire and rescue operations, are funded, in part, through fees imposed on consumer telephone bills.  Unfortunately, over the years, numerous states have been raiding these funds for other purposes, including closing budget gaps and bolstering their rainy day funds.

California Takes Two Steps Back on Net Neutrality

The state of California has moved ahead with one of the most ambitious pieces of state-based net neutrality legislation to date.  SB 822, the Communications: Broadband Internet Access Service, reinstates the restrictions put in place by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in 2015 and goes even further with additional regulatory restrictions.  

Streamlining 5G Deployment

On June 28, 2018, Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced S.

Coalition Supports the Inclusion of the Email Privacy Act in the FY 2019 NDAA

July 13, 2018

Chairman John McCain
Ranking Member Jack Reed
Senate Committee on Armed Services

Chairman Mac Thornberry
Ranking Member Adam Smith
House Armed Services Committee

Dear Chairman McCain, Chairman Thornberry, Ranking Member Reed and Ranking Member Smith,

Media Alert: 2018 Congressional Pig Book to Be Released This Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) will release the 2018 Congressional Pig Book at a press conference this Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. EDT. 

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CAGW Names Rep. John Carter August 2019 Porker of the Month

Rep. Carter is CAGW's Porker of the Month for voting for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, which saddles taxpayers with more spending and debt.