Regulatory Action Center Review - October 7, 2019   

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Welcome to FreedomWorks Foundation’s nineteenth regulatory review of 2019! Our Regulatory Action Center proudly updates you with our favorite tidbits from the swamp. We want to smash barriers between bureaucracy and the American people by delivering regulatory news straight to FreedomWorks activists. Check back in two weeks for the next edition.

1) Video of the Week: Unsurprisingly, the United States is not the first country to experience ballooning budgets and astronomical deficits. In the mid-1990’s, Canada’s debt grew to as high as 70% of GDP, similar to our current debt situation. In this weeks video, John Stossell sits down with Canadian economist David Henderson to discuss how Canada managed to tackle their debt problem by cutting government spending and reducing waste.

2) Why Is the CDC Still Fostering Potentially Deadly Confusion About Vaping and Lung Disease?: “Media outlets, following the lead of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), continue to blame recent cases of severe respiratory illnesses among vapers on "vaping" and "e-cigarettes" in general, falsely implying a link to legal nicotine products. This misinformation is fostering public confusion that may lead to more disease and death, both from smoking and from the black-market products that have been implicated in the lung disease cases.” https://reason.com/2019/09/24/why-is-the-cdc-still-fostering-potentially-deadly-confusion-about-vaping-and-lung-disease/

3) FBI using Facebook ads to gather Russian intelligence: report: “The FBI is reportedly using Facebook ads to gather intelligence on Russia, specifically targeting those who may be or know Russian spies. The FBI is running ads in the Washington, D.C., area, CNN reported on Wednesday, that direct to the FBI field office's website that describes its counterintelligence team and encourages visitors to meet "in person." https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/fbi/464069-fbi-using-facebook-ads-to-gather-russian-intelligence-report

4) Federal Court Upholds FCC Decision to Roll Back Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules: “Today, by a 2-1 vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided largely with the FCC, upholding the primary regulatory rollback as a valid exercise of its authority. In the nearly 200 page opinion, which is heavy on technical detail, the court wrote that while the challengers raised "numerous objections" aiming to show that the FCC's reclassification is "unreasonable," the judges found them "unconvincing." https://reason.com/2019/10/01/federal-court-upholds-fcc-decision-to-roll-back-obama-era-net-neutrality-rules/

5) Trump to issue executive order ‘protecting’ Americans from ‘Medicare for All’ campaign proposals pushed by Democrats: “The executive order, which he is scheduled to discuss at a speech in Florida later Thursday, is intended to bolster Medicare Advantage, private Medicare insurance for seniors that currently covers 22 million people, senior administration officials said on a call with reporters. The plan would also offer more affordable plan options, increase use of telehealth services and bring payments in Medicare fee-for-service program in line with payments for Medicare Advantage, officials said.” https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/03/trump-to-issue-executive-order-protecting-americans-from-medicare-for-all.html

6) Treasury to create tool to help people redeem billions in unclaimed savings bonds: “Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) on Wednesday said that the Treasury Department will create an online tool to help people redeem billions of dollars in savings bonds. About $26 billion in matured savings bonds are in the U.S. Treasury and have yet to be redeemed. Using the department's forthcoming tool, people will be able to verify against Treasury Department records if they have any savings bonds dated after 1974 that can be redeemed, Kennedy's office said in a news release.” https://thehill.com/policy/finance/464057-senator-treasury-will-create-tool-to-help-people-redeem-billions-of-dollars-in

7) Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown: “The Trump administration is under fire from conservative groups and some GOP lawmakers, who are pushing back over its planned crackdown on e-cigarette flavors. They say the administration is overreaching, and the flavor ban will harm small businesses, a violation of core Republican free market principles.” https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/464470-trump-takes-heat-from-right-over-vaping-crackdown


          

Research, Fall 2019   

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Watch this clip from The Wire.  It is the best description of research, ever.

The Internet Archive -- if there is a broken link to what you need, this site might help you find it.  (A morbid example here: http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/05/uk.pitneydeath/index.html)

Great stuff at Honnold Library -- which students usually overlook! (password required)
  • Nexis Uni:  news sources and law journals
  • Political science journals
  • Dissertation abstracts (search for "California" and "redistricting" in abstracts, and you will see a couple of Rose Institute names)
General Statistics and The Census

California and General State Politics
Elections, Parties, Campaign Finance

          

FCC опубликовала фото и характеристики смартфонов ZTE Blade A20 и Blade A5 (2020)   

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Федеральная комиссия по связи FCC опубликовала больше чем обычно информации о двух будущих смартфонах ZTE – Blade 20 and Blade A5 (2020). Обнародованы как фото устройств, так и краткое руководство, чего обычно не делается до официального анонса устройств. Давайте начнем с ZTE Blade A20. Он предлагает квадратный дизайн островка тыловых камер, что выполнен на манер iPhone одиннадцатой серии. Спереди можно заметить на экране каплевидный вырез под селфи-камеру. В руководстве, к сожалению, нет ...
          

Federal Communications Commission Takes Another Step To Try And Stop Robocalls   

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Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: The Federal Communications Commission is waging a battle against robocalls, and today it moved to ban overseas scam artists who make calls that seem to come from local members. NPR's Brian Naylor joins us now with the details. Welcome to the studio, Brian. BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: Thanks, Audie. CORNISH: What exactly are these calls that the FCC took issue with? NAYLOR: So they're the calls that look like they're coming from a number that you might recognize; maybe it's your area code, or maybe it's the same exchange. It seems as though it's coming from someone you might know or from your town, but it isn't; it's someone that's using technology, pretending to be a local call, and it could be coming from literally anywhere. Here's how FCC Chairman Ajit Pai explained the problem at today's hearing. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) AJIT PAI: In the first half of this year alone, the FCC received more than 35,000 consumer complaints
          

Trump tweet gets it wrong on net neutrality ruling   

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President Trump this morning randomly addressed a recent court ruling on net neutrality, calling it a "great win" that will "lead to many big things including 5G." Perhaps he didn't read the ruling closely, because it in fact is an enormous blow to the FCC and the "unhinged" logic on which it based the rollback of net neutrality.
          

FCC approves wireless charging tech for IoT devices, Walmart to adopt it   

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Comment on Trump tweet gets it wrong on net neutrality ruling by Herr Trigger    

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Correct me if I'm wrong, unlikely, but the ruling simply said the FCC couldn't interfere with state's regulating where the federal government was not. All it takes to take away this "win" for net neutrality advocates would be to pass a federal law. And it seems to be the only "win" they got out of it, so I wouldn't say it was a wholly incorrect tweet, as alleged. And just because he says "the big court case" doesn't mean hes saying it's the end all be all. This thing has been litigated for years. He was clearly referring to the current big court case. Its ridiculous you take a man's opinion, he clearly saw it as a win overall, and just tear it down because... Trump.
          

EFCC Denies That N900million Cash Turned Into Paper In It's Custody....   

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has dismissed claims that about N900million turned into papers in its custody and said the huge sum of naira notes were subject of prosecution at an Ibadan Federal High Court. The anti-graft agency stated this in a series of tweets on Monday.According to the tweets: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC
          

Trump tweet gets it wrong on net neutrality ruling   

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President Trump this morning randomly addressed a recent court ruling on net neutrality, calling it a "great win" that will "lead to many big things including 5G." Perhaps he didn't read the ruling closely, because it in fact is an enormous blow to the FCC and the "unhinged" logic on which it based the rollback of net neutrality.
          

A Crushing Defeat for Net Neutrality   

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On October 1, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prevailed in the Washington DC circuit court of appeals and crushed the hopes of those arguing to reinstate net neutrality on a federal level. The responses from the FCC commissioners are split along party lines, so I will not bother to relitigate the case here. But […]

The post A Crushing Defeat for Net Neutrality originally appeared here on Shelly Palmer


          

Emergency Communications Senior Technician - State of Wyoming - Cheyenne, WY   

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*Agency requires the successful applicant possess an FCC General Radio Operator's license or equivalent certification, Radio Frequency Safety certification,… $23.38 - $30.13 an hour
From State of Wyoming - Tue, 10 Sep 2019 02:52:15 GMT - View all Cheyenne, WY jobs
          

How The Fear of EFCC Is Stopping Governors From Organising Extravagant Parties – Magu Speaks   

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Mr Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crime Commission has alleged that some state governors are afraid of organising flamboyant parties because of the commission, NAN reports. Magu, said on Monday during his working visit to the commission’s zonal office in Makurdi that some of the governors were now maintaining a low profile. […]

The post How The Fear of EFCC Is Stopping Governors From Organising Extravagant Parties – Magu Speaks appeared first on 360Nobs.com.


          

Relationship Manager - Farm Credit Canada - Prince Albert, SK   

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Organizational pro who can manage multiple priorities. If you are an FCC employee use your Workday portal to apply. Drive to help others achieve their goals.
From Farm Credit Canada - Mon, 07 Oct 2019 21:54:53 GMT - View all Prince Albert, SK jobs
          

Relationship Manager - Farm Credit Canada - Humboldt, SK   

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Organizational pro who can manage multiple priorities. If you are an FCC employee use your Workday portal to apply. A drive to help others achieve their goals.
From Farm Credit Canada - Fri, 04 Oct 2019 03:54:18 GMT - View all Humboldt, SK jobs
          

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Tuesday Morning Links -    

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Microsoft wants to connect another 40 million global internet users by expanding Airband to Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa theverge.com
Apple has recently approached big music labels about bundling together Apple Music and Apple TV+ for one flat monthly fee ft.com
USDA Targets 14 States with $152 Million in Rural Broadband Funding telecompetitor.com
FCC Waives Auction Communication Prohibition for Sprint, T-Mobile multichannel.com
Trump Tweets Praise for Net Neutrality Court Decision multichannel.com
The rise of cloud gaming: Cloud-based streaming is the next frontier in video gaming businessinsider.com
Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary app gone in Mac update miamiherald.com
Hulu launches support for offline viewing, letting users download up to 25 titles across 5 devices, initially available only to iOS users on its No Ads plan techcrunch.com
Patches for Internet Explorer Zero-Day Causing Problems for Many Users securityweek.com
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Friday Morning Links -    

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Cable companies use hidden fees to raise prices 24% a month arstechnica.com
A Broken System Helped the FCC Kill Net Neutrality. It Afflicts the Whole Government. slate.com
Is 5G a friend or foe to cable companies? rcrwireless.com
Judges accepted the rationale that offering DNS and caching makes broadband an information service, allowing the FCC to reclassify it from telecommunications arstechnica.com
FCC Poised to Adopt USF Recipient Broadband Speed Testing Requirements telecompetitor.com
Denver city officials acknowledge 5G could dramatically improve residents' lives, but ongoing concerns over permitting for and radiation from 5G cell sites remain obstacles lightreading.com
FCC Chairman Pai: Streaming Video Is Effective Competition to MVPDs multichannel.com
Report: Cos. working for ISP-backed group scammed Net Neutrality docket -BuzzFeed investigation calls out millions of pro-ISP dereg comments filed with FCC multichannel.com
Verizon Media CEO explains how 5G is about more than super-fast downloads yahoo.com
Warren Proposes Tax That Would Have Cost Comcast, AT&T $100M-Plus broadcastingcable.com
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Wednesday Morning Links -    

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US court says FCC can't block states from setting net neutrality rules telecompaper.com
Net Neutrality Is Dead Yet Again lightreading.com
Trump, Finnish President to discuss 5G alternatives to China's Huawei like Nokia reuters.com
TiVo unveils its TiVo+ live streaming service, with channels like TMZ and Food52, coming alongside new DVR hardware, in a bid to rival the Roku Channel digitaltrends.com
AT&T TV NOW is Downgrading Grandfathered DVR Customers to Just 20 Hours cordcuttersnews.com
AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint rally behind ZenKey for authentication fiercewireless.com
Telcos And Rupert Murdoch Pushing Nonsense Story That Google Helping Keep Your Internet Activity More Private Is An Antitrust Violation techdirt.com
Sony drops the price of PlayStation Now by 50% to $10 per month or $25 per quarter in the US, with similar cuts in Japan, EU, and UK variety.com
More Than Half of US Broadband Households Unfamiliar With 5G lightreading.com
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US Court Upholds Repeal of Net Neutrality   

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The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the last day of September that the FCC had the authority to kill Title II regulation and to repeal net neutrality. However, the ruling wasn't entirely in the FCC's favor. The agency was ordered to look again at how the repeal of Title II regulation affects public safety. In a more important ruling, the courts said that the FCC didn't have the authority to stop states and municipalities from establishing their own rules for net neutrality.

This court was ruling on the appeal of the FCCs net neutrality order filed by Mozilla and joined by 22 states and a few other web companies like Reddit and Etsy. Those appeals centered on the FCC's authority to kill Title II regulation and to hand broadband regulation to the Federal Trade Commission.

Net neutrality has been a roller coaster of an issue. Tom Wheeler's FCC put the net neutrality rules in place in 2015. An appeal of that case got a court ruling that the FCC was within its power to implement net neutrality. After a change in administration, the Ajit Pai FCC killed net neutrality in 2017 by also killing Title II regulation. Now the courts have said that the FCC also has the authority not to regulate net neutrality.

The latest court order will set off another round of fighting about net neutrality. The FCC had quashed a law in California to introduce their version of net neutrality, and this order effectively will allow those California rules to go into effect. That battle is far from over, and there will be likely new appeals against the California rules and similar rules enacted in Washington. It wouldn't be surprising to see other states enact rules in the coming year since the net neutrality issue is overwhelmingly popular with voters. It's possibly the worst of all worlds for big ISPs if they have to follow different net neutrality rules in different states. I think they'd much prefer federal net neutrality rules rather than different rules in a dozen states.

The reversal of net neutrality rules only went effect in June of 2018, and there have been no major violations of the old rules since then. The ISPs were likely waiting for the results of this court ruling and also are wary of a political and regulatory backlash if they start breaking net neutrality rules. The closest thing we had to a big issue was mentioned in this ruling. Verizon had cut off broadband for firemen in California who were working on wildfires after the firemen exceeded their monthly data caps. It turns out that wasn't a net neutrality violation, but rather an enforcement issue on a corporate cellular account. But the press on that case was bad enough to prompt the courts to require the FCC to take another look at how ISPs treat public safety.

This issue is also far from over politically. Most of the democratic presidential candidates have come out in favor of net neutrality, and if Democrats win the White House, you can expect a pro-net neutrality chairman of the FCC. Chairman Pai believes that by killing Title II regulation that a future FCC will have a harder time putting the rules back in place. But the two court appeals have shown that the courts largely believe the FCC has the authority to implement or not implement net neutrality as they see fit.

While net neutrality is getting all of the press, the larger issue is that the FCC has washed its hands of broadband regulation. The US is the only major economy in the world to not regulate the broadband industry. This makes little sense in a country where are a large part of the country is still controlled by the cable/telco duopoly, which many argue is quickly becoming a cable monopoly. It's easy to foresee bad behavior from the big ISPs if they aren't regulated. We've seen the big ISPs increase broadband rates in the last few years, and there is no regulatory authority in the country that can apply any brakes to the industry. The big ISPs are likely to demand more money out of Google, Facebook and the big web companies.

The FCC handed off the authority to regulate broadband to the Federal Trade Commission. That means practically no regulation because the FTC tackles a single corporation for bad behavior but does not establish permanent rules that apply to other similar businesses. The FTC might slam AT&T or Comcast from time to time, but that's not likely to change the behavior of the rest of the industry very much.

There is only one clear path for dealing with net neutrality. Congress can stop future FCC actions and the ensuing lawsuits by passing a clear set of laws that either implements net neutrality or that forbids it. However, until there is a Congress and a White House willing to implement such a law together, this is going to continue to bounce around.

The big ISPs and Chairman Pai argued that net neutrality was holding back broadband investments in the country — a claim that has no basis when looking at the numbers. However, there is definitely an impact on the industry from regulatory uncertainty, and nobody is benefitting from an environment where subsequent administrations alternately pass and repeal net neutrality. We need to resolve this once way or the other.

Written by Doug Dawson, President at CCG Consulting


          

Sprint T-Mobile Merger Opponents Ask FCC for New Comment Period   

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FCC Poised to Adopt USF Recipient Broadband Speed Testing Requirements   

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FCC Ready to Authorize CAF II Funding for Viasat, Two Others   

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Billionaire Michael Dell Backs New Call for 5G in 12GHz Spectrum   

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Through his family's private investment firm, billionaire Michael Dell is pushing the FCC to enact new rules that would allow 5G operations in the 12GHz spectrum band.
          

Sprint Unlimited Kickstart: Unlimited Talk, Text, Data For $25/Month – Offer Expires October 17th   

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Offer ends 10/17. Sprint/T-Mobile merger approved and pending. T-Mobile and Sprint have been doing the merger dance since April 2018, which meant Sprint was still highly incentivized to make their subscriber numbers as high as possible. In July 2019, the U.S. Justice Department finally gave official approval. On October 4th, the FCC gave majority support. […]
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