Telecommunications Watch

A PROJECT OF NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM

EXPLANATION & OBJECTIVES:

Nebraskans deserve to reap the benefits of deregulation and free market competition in our use of telecommunications services.  We must work to guarantee a competitive atmosphere in the telecommunications industry, fighting those who discourage competition.  Specifically, we must stand vigilant against high taxes and fees, federal and state regulation and muzzling, and privacy invasion.  We need to protect property rights and equal access, end telemarketing and Internet fraud, and encourage advancing technology in commerce.  We must cultivate a friendly business climate in this industry, or we will witness graduates of our university information technology programs leave our state and see telecommunications companies locate elsewhere

Remember that Internet services, communications, and access to the public are not yet completely under liberal and government control, and we must safeguard this freedom.  In this project, we network with several national organizations working towards these same objectives.

GENERAL DIRECTIONS:

  • Stay alert to monopolistic and regulatory attacks on telecommunications in Nebraska as exposed in the media and through our communications.
  • Use NTF materials to lobby your national representatives and senators on pertinent bills and resolutions introduced in Congress.
    • Monitor their voting records.
  • Use NTF materials to lobby your state senators on pertinent bills and resolutions introduced in the Legislature.
    • Monitor their voting records.
  • Use NTF materials to lobby the NE Public Service Commission on issues.
    • Monitor their voting records.

NTF ISSUE PAPERS, ETC:

KEEP INTERNET FREE OF REGS AND TAXES

NTF issue paper: telecom11.doc. 2-15. NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER: KEEP THE INTERNET FREE OF REGULATIONS AND NEW TAXES. BACKGROUND. The Obama head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a worrisome plan to subject Internet service to the same regulatory rules as phone service. Liberals want to classify the Internet as a public utility, thereby giving the federal government authority to closely regulate it. New Read more »