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Technology Legislative Alerts
In today’s information age, constant connection to the internet is becoming a cultural necessity. With the increased use of data and demand for better networks across the country, it’s not surprising that some would like to see governments infiltrate this market by offering their own internet services, often referred to as "municipal broadband". Yet despite the huge debts incurred by taxpayers and the widespread failure of municipal broadband projects, the public sector continues to risk taxpayer dollars meddling in a highly competitive market that they would be best served to stay out of.
Back in the early 1990s, Congress feared that the cable industry posed a major threat to over-the-air broadcasting and needed to be regulated. Lawmakers passed a law that governs how cable and satellite companies carry signals from TV broadcasters, called retransmission consent, in the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992. While a [...]
AFP urges lawmers to preserve the foundations of the current retransmission consent negotiation process as they consider the Satellite Television and Extension of Localism Act (STELA) reauthorization.
Americans for Prosperity is proud to join coalition partners in calling for the United States Senate to take up patent reform. The current system needs to be updated so that it promotes innovation while ensuring inventors are compensated for their work. Today the coalition sent the following letter to Capitol Hill: Like this post? Chip [...]
By Kuper Jones Last week the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals made an important ruling in favor of a free and unfettered internet. The high profile case, Verizon v. FCC, has been the focal point of the net neutrality debate. The determination is a significant blow to the 2010 Open Internet Order as it strips [...]