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Legislatures may look to eliminate broadband equipment tax in 2017

By   /  December 28, 2016  /  Alabama, Georgia, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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  As lawmakers look for ways to spur broadband expansion into rural areas, one potential aid to that goal keeps popping up: the elimination of the sales tax on telecom equipment. Nearly half of the states (23, to be exact) exempt tax on equipment that providers purchase to build and operate internet networks, but some […]

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College football meccas are no havens for homesharing

By   /  December 23, 2016  /  Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, News, Ohio, Regulations, South Carolina, Washington  /  No Comments

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Alabama is the heavy favorite to win this year’s college football playoff, with Clemson, Ohio State and Washington looking to unseat the defending champion Crimson Tide. But fans of the challengers can take some solace in knowing the University of Alabama’s hometown of Tuscaloosa is dead last in at least one category — homesharing. Considering many […]

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AG nominee Sessions champions civil asset forfeiture, worrying reform advocates

By   /  December 15, 2016  /  Accountability, Alabama, Criminal Justice, Federal government, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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Although a bipartisan group of lawmakers spoke disdainfully of civil asset forfeiture, Sessions said police groups had told him it was a key law enforcement tool. Losing those funds “would be a huge detriment to law enforcement,” he said.

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Study: Lack of competition, barriers to entry result in higher broadband rates

By   /  November 30, 2016  /  Alabama, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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“Combined, these barriers potentially give incumbent providers market power, and may allow them to charge prices that exceed those that would be charged in a fully competitive marketplace,” Mahoney and Rafert write.

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Broadband consultants collect hefty fees as they push taxpayer-supported networks

By   /  November 21, 2016  /  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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“They already want to create a government-owned network,” said David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, “they’re just looking for confirmation.”

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Gulfport aquarium might not meet attendance projections

By   /  November 10, 2016  /  Alabama, Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Two taxpayer-funded coast attractions have fallen short of their attendance projections and that doesn’t bode well for a planned Gulfport aquarium.

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