Josh Peterson - Watchdog.org

Josh formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org

Amid lawsuits and confusion, FAA touts drone database as success

By   /  January 14, 2016  /  News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

A drone displayed at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Photo credit: Josh Peterson

The Federal Aviation Administration has boldly declared its drone registry a success, even as hobbyists caught up in the new regulations complain that the agency broke the law to create an overly broad federal database. Speaking to the press during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta defended the […]

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Internet access tax ban could save Ohioans $63 million annually

By   /  December 16, 2015  /  News, Ohio, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons/Dennis Skley

“I don’t anticipate that there would be much call in Ohio for a tax increase to cover that kind of loss especially since the state would have more than four years to prepare for the impact,” said Gudmundson.

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Internet tax ban could offer relief for Hawaii businesses

By   /  December 14, 2015  /  Hawaii, News, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons/frankieleon (http://bit.ly/1C3vGW3)

Favored by telcos and free market groups as a pro-consumer move, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), would solidify a temporary moratorium already in place in many states across the nation since 1998.

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Both sides of net neutrality debate confident court to rule in their favor

By   /  December 7, 2015  /  National, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

NET NEUTRALITY

The industries on both sides of the debate have argued that the growth of their companies is at stake and consumers would be harmed by whatever outcome does not favor them.

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Yahoo, tech companies are calling for an update to this privacy law

By   /  December 4, 2015  /  National, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

surveillance

Updating the nation’s privacy laws has, however, been anything but swift.

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FAA’s pursuit of small drones registration rule could see lawsuit

By   /  November 25, 2015  /  National, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons/Kevin Dooley http://bit.ly/1C3vGW3

By skipping the normal public comment period, the move that could spark a round of litigation to overturn the agency’s anticipated rule.

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