FCC opposes ALEC Proposal and Hurts the Broadband Economy and Consumers

Yesterday in a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) weakened the U.S. economy, reduced our quality of life and slowed the advance of broadband –a shocking vote blatantly opposing market competition and innovation. The FCC has moved a never-released-to-the-public plan that will impose heavy handed Title II authority over legacy telephone networks on the Internet and will now regulate the provision of broadband Internet access services as common carrier services. The massive regulations are fundamentally opposite from ALEC members’ hopes as recently expressed in an approved resolution: http://www.alec.org/model-legislation/a-resolution-regarding-the-regulation-of-broadband-information-services-in-innovative-and-expanding-competitive-markets/

ALEC members have long recognized that the broadband information services sector …

‘Strong Roots Nebraska’ Plan Would Boost Economic Outlook

The recent state of Nebraska’s tax and fiscal policy climate has been lackluster compared to other states in the region. In the most recent edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index Nebraska ranks 35th (1 being the best, 50 being the worst), which is the poorest … »

With Declining Recidivism Rates, South Carolina Closes Minimum Security Prison

South Carolina announced Tuesday, February 25th that the state would be closing a minimum security prison. This will be the second minimum security prison closing in South Carolina within a year, and is the result of declining recidivism rates—the rate at which offenders relapse into criminal behavior. In 2010, South … »

ALEC Comments on FCC Municipal Broadband Vote

Overtly political acts are often breathtaking, usually for the arrogance, ignorance and desperation they bring to light. They are made even more so when appointed officials of a so-called independent agency who should be concerned with public policy and technical standards act politically. Today, one’s breath is taken away by … »

Administration, States Establish Special Open Enrollment Period

On February 20 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the creation of a special enrollment period for taxpayers to avoid penalties for non-compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate. Open enrollment for 2015 officially ended February 15, and prior to the CMS announcement, those who … »