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Gov. Polis is about to sign a Colorado net neutrality bill — one with some serious teeth: Colorado's “open internet” bill would punish internet-providing violators by taking their grant money away
The Colorado net neutrality law is similar to the former federal one in that it would prohibit ISPs from prioritizing certain content. It would also force violating ISPs that benefited from state broadband grants to refund all money received in the previous 24 months.
netNeutrality  governmentIncompetence  localizedGovernment  win 
15 days ago by joeybaker
Texas: Don’t Let the Legislature Gut Your State’s Free Speech Laws
A bill is moving forward in the Texas Legislature that would make it easier to bring baseless lawsuits against Internet users in the state who review businesses, speak anonymously, or otherwise exercise their First Amendment rights. If you’re a Texan, we need you to contact your lawmakers and speak...
governmentOverreach  localizedGovernment  corporateIndemnity  censorship 
24 days ago by joeybaker
Arkansas legislature advances bill to charge robocallers with a felony
Arkansas’s state Senate on Monday advanced a bill that would charge robocallers who display familiar-looking numbers to trick people into answering with a felony, the
localizedGovernment  win 
25 days ago by joeybaker
California Becomes 20th State to Introduce Right to Repair This Year
California just introduced Right to Repair legislation, making it the 20th state to propose legislation in 2019 and the second year in a row Right to Repair has been considered in California.
localizedGovernment  intellectualProperty  informationOwnership  corporateIndemnity  corporateConsolidation  win 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Delaware moves to give its Electoral College votes to the popular vote winner
The Delaware House voted 24-17 to join an alliance of states that want to combine all their Electoral College votes and pledge them to presidential candidates who win the national
localizedGovernment  win 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Washington Senate passes bill that would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns
Washington’s state Senate passed a bill this week that would drop President Trump from the state’s 2020 presidential ballot until he releases his tax returns.
localizedGovernment  win  corruptedPolitics 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Bill would keep Trump off 2020 NJ ballot unless he releases his tax returns
A bill would prohibit candidates for president and vice president from appearing on the New Jersey ballot unless they make their tax returns public.
localizedGovernment  trumpAuthoritarianism  trumpCorruption 
8 weeks ago by joeybaker
Colorado Senate passes bill to essentially eliminate Electoral College
DENVER -- Colorado’s Senate has passed a bill to have the state award its presidential electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SB-19 passed on party lines Tuesday in the Senate. Democratic Sen. Mike Foote’s bill would have Colorado join 11 states and the District of Columbia in what’s called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
governmentIncompetence  win  popularism  governmentImpotence  localizedGovernment 
11 weeks ago by joeybaker
'We didn't respond fast enough': Seattle lawmakers warn New York over Amazon
Council members urge New Yorkers to demand concessions like labor standards before company gains foothold in city
localizedGovernment  corporateSoverignty  casteingTheLowerClass 
january 2019 by joeybaker
This Western Mass. town rejected Comcast and built its own broadband network - The Boston Globe
Charlemont is one of several municipalities in Western Massachusetts puzzling over how to ensure that decisions about connectivity stay in local hands.
ISP  corporateConsolidation  localizedGovernment  win 
december 2018 by joeybaker
Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead
Comcast offered to wire up Charlemont, Mass. for $462,000—town said, “no.”
localizedGovernment  ISP  win 
december 2018 by joeybaker
Lung cancer deaths are 28 percent lower in California compared to the rest of the country and the gap is widening each year by almost a percentage point. The State’s long-term, aggressive tobacco control programs are cited as the primary reason.
Early adoption of tobacco control efforts in California led to fewer people ever smoking, reduced the amount used by those who do smoke and helped smokers quit at a younger age — when their risk of developing lung cancer is lowest. As a result, lung cancer deaths are 28 percent lower in California compared to the rest of the country and the gap is widening each year by almost a percentage point.
localizedGovernment  healthcare  win 
october 2018 by joeybaker
California Law Bans Bots From Pretending to Be Human - Effective July 1, it will be illegal for bots interacting with California consumers to pretend they're human if they're trying to sell goods, services, or to 'influence a vote in an election.'
Effective July 1, it will be illegal for bots interacting with California consumers to pretend they’re human if they’re trying to sell goods, services, or to ‘influence a vote in an election.’
localizedGovernment  postHumanism 
october 2018 by joeybaker
Cities of Chicago, Boston, Seattle + 24 Others Join the Fight for Net Neutrality
As California inches closer to passing a tough net neutrality law, 27 cities and counties are supporting a lawsuit over the FCC’s net neutrality repeal.
netNeutrality  popularism  localizedGovernment 
september 2018 by joeybaker
Small-Town Ingenuity Is Making Gigabit Broadband a Reality
Opinion: Surprise! Some of the fastest internet in the US is found in tiny communities.
ISP  corporateCorruption  corporateIndemnity  localizedGovernment  win 
august 2018 by joeybaker
Elections consultant fired over proposal to close Georgia precincts
An elections consultant who proposed closing seven out of nine precincts in Randolph County has been fired as the county’s elections board plans a vote on the issue Friday.
localizedGovernment  racism  governmentOverreach  casteingTheLowerClass  win 
august 2018 by joeybaker
Study shows a massive narcissistic bias in the way some Americans remember the contributions of their home states to US history. When asked, participants routinely gave their home state higher scores for its contribution to US history than those provided
As the United States celebrates its founding on July 4, new research on “collective narcissism” suggests many Americans have hugely exaggerated notions about how much their home states helped to write the nation’s narrative.
educationIncompetence  localizedGovernment 
july 2018 by joeybaker
States defy FCC repeal of net neutrality
States are pushing their own net neutrality laws and rules in defiance of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal, heightening the possibility that supporters will be waging another legal battle over the popular Obama-era regulations.
netNeutrality  governmentIncompetence  corporateIndemnity  oligarchy  localizedGovernment  popularism  win 
june 2018 by joeybaker
The Alaska State Senate has called on Congress to overturn the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. Now demand that Sen. Murkowski do the same.
In a major win for net neutrality in Alaska, the State Senate has formally called on Congress to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to…
netNeutrality  localizedGovernment  popularUnrest  win 
april 2018 by joeybaker
Gov. Kate Brown will sign Oregon's net neutrality bill Monday
Oregon and other states will require companies to abide by the principles of net neutrality to win government contracts.
localizedGovernment  netNeutrality  win 
april 2018 by joeybaker
Colorado Kills A Crappy, Anti-Competitive Law Bought by Comcast
News: For two decades now we’ve noted how more than 21 states have passed laws, quite literally written by giant ISP lobbyists, preventing towns and cities from building their own broadband networks. In m
corporateIndemnity  ISP  corporateConsolidation  localizedGovernment  win 
april 2018 by joeybaker
ACLU urges cities to build public broadband to protect net neutrality
The ACLU is calling on cities across the country to build their own public municipal broadband networks to help preserve net neutrality after the Federal Communications Commission repealed the open internet rules.
netNeutrality  win  localizedGovernment 
march 2018 by joeybaker
23 State Attorneys General Sue the FCC to Preserve Net Neutrality
The FCC’s rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules was formally challenged in court on Thursday by a coalition of 23 state attorneys general who assert the rollback was passed in violation of federal law.
localizedGovernment  netNeutrality  win  judicialImpotence 
march 2018 by joeybaker
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