Johnny Kampis is National Watchdog Reporter for Watchdog.org. Johnny previously worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer, and has been published in The New York Times, Time.com, FoxNews.com and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A former semi-professional poker player, he is writing a book documenting the poker scene at the 2016 World Series of Poker, a decade after the peak of the poker boom. Johnny is also a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Federal government may study economic impact of broadband

By   /  March 21, 2017  /  Federal government, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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The co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus both represent states with sizable rural populations.

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The federal debt is $20 trillion? Try $100 trillion

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Federal government, National, News, Pensions, Transparency  /  No Comments

Most federal debt is hidden off the books in the form of promised — and unfunded — future payments to Medicare and Social Security recipients.

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Alabama bills would let municipal networks expand, offer tax credits to providers

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  Alabama, Municipal Broadband, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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Bills introduced in the Alabama Legislature this session aim to facilitate rural broadband expansion — one by offering tax credits to private providers and the other by allowing the expansion of municipal broadband.

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Auditor: Pittsburgh’s pension funds are nearing state of distress

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania, Pensions  /  No Comments

Although Pittsburgh paid more into its pension plans than was required, the funds set up to pay retirement benefits still struggle to be financially solvent.

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Tennessee internet providers wary of bill allowing co-ops to offer broadband

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Municipal Broadband, News, Technology, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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“We have other cities in which we want to build in west Tennessee, but now I have to consider whether utility companies are going to be my competitor,” he told Watchdog.org.

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Sunshine Week: Poor transparency plagues local tax abatement programs

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Accountability, Jobs + Growth, National, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Most cities and counties do not disclose the names of companies that receive property tax abatements and other economic incentives,

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