Josh Peterson is a DC-based tech reporter for the Franklin Center's Watchdog.org news site. Peterson previously spent two years at The Daily Caller covering tech and telecom regulatory policy as the publication's Tech Editor. During that time, he focused on cybersecurity, privacy, civil liberties, and intellectual property issues, and in addition to covering political protest movements. Prior to joining The Daily Caller in October 2011, Peterson spent time in DC researching and reporting on technology issues in internship roles with Hillsdale College's Kirby Center, Broadband Breakfast and The National Journalism Center, and The Heritage Foundation. Peterson has a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College. He is also a musician and music enthusiast, and an avid martial artist.

FCC commissioner: Internet access not a human right

By   /  July 2, 2015  /  National, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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Internet access is neither a necessity nor a human right, an FCC commissioner said during a recent speech, adding to the debate over the importance of the Internet in people’s lives.

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Wireless industry wants FCC help

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  National, News, Politics, Technology  /  No Comments

TAPPING TALENT: A U.S. court has ruled that U.S. tech workers can challenge President Obama’s order extending the legal status of foreign employees here.

Mobile data traffic is expected to increase by six times its current rate over the next four years, and the wireless industry is asking the Federal Communications Commission to help meet the demand.

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Mayors’ conference sparks taxi protest against Uber

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  National, News, Politics, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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When the US Conference of Mayors recently met with Uber, a mob of the city’s taxi drivers awaited them with picket signs demanding tighter regulations of their competitor.

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FCC seeking public input to subsidize broadband

By   /  June 23, 2015  /  National, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Communications Commission recently voted along partisan lines to add high-speed Internet access to a fraud-ridden phone subsidy program as part of an ongoing effort to improve the nation’s broadband adoption rate.
Referred to as the “Obamaphone” program by opponents, the FCC’s Lifeline program started under the Reagan Administration to subsidize qualifying low-income individuals’ monthly […]

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Internet tax battle revived in Congress

By   /  June 22, 2015  /  National, News, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON – Legislative battles about taxes on the digital economy are heating up again in Congress.
On Wednesday, a House committee approved three bills dealing with states’ powers to tax the Internet, continuing a debate that has lasted for more than one session of Congress.
Of the three bills, the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness […]

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Florida passes wireless tax cut

By   /  June 18, 2015  /  Florida, News, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

TAPPING TALENT: A U.S. court has ruled that U.S. tech workers can challenge President Obama’s order extending the legal status of foreign employees here.

Florida residents, who pay the fourth-highest wireless tax rate in the country, could see a nearly $20 reduction in their yearly wireless bill starting July 1.

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