Stop FCC From Nullifying State Municipal Broadband Laws

tillis-againThursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today introduced legislation to prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from overriding state and local municipal broadband laws.

Earlier today, the FCC voted to effectively overturn North Carolina and Tennessee state laws that set requirements and conditions on municipalities competing with the private sector in the broadband marketplace.

The Tillis-Blackburn legislation says that the FCC cannot pre-empt states with municipal broadband laws already on the books, or any other states that subsequently adopt such municipal broadband laws. The bill also includes a Sense of Congress stating that the FCC does not have the legal authority to prohibit states from implementing municipal broadband restrictions. Original co-sponsors of the federal legislation included Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Robert Pittenger (R-NC), Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Mark Meadows (R-NC), and David Rouzer (R-NC).

“It is disturbing, yet not surprising, that the FCC and Chairman Wheeler are attempting to deny the sovereign right of states to make their own laws,” said Senator Tillis. “After witnessing how some local governments wasted taxpayer dollars and accumulated millions in debt through poor decision making, the legislatures of states like North Carolina and Tennessee passed commonsense, bipartisan laws that protect hardworking taxpayers and maintain the fairness of free-market competition. Representative Blackburn and I recognize the need for Congress to step in and take action to keep unelected bureaucrats from acting contrary to the expressed will of the American people through their state legislatures.”

“The FCC’s decision to grant the petitions of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina is a troubling power grab,” said Congressman Blackburn. “States are sovereign entities that have Constitutional rights, which should be respected rather than trampled upon. They know best how to manage their limited taxpayer dollars and financial ventures. Ironically, they will now be burdened by the poor judgment of a federal government that is over $18 trillion in debt and clearly cannot manage its own affairs.

“I’m pleased to be working with Senator Tillis on this important issue. As former state legislators, we strongly believe in States’ rights and will fight the FCC’s liberal agenda. Chairman Wheeler’s regulatory appetite appears to know no bounds and is seeping dangerously into the lives of Americans. It is time for Congress to assert itself and protect States once again from unelected Washington bureaucrats.”

BACKGROUND

In 2006, the City of Wilson, North Carolina, borrowed at least $34.6 million to build a government-owned broadband network, without a vote of its citizens. In support of the borrowing, Wilson’s broadband business plan claimed that the fiber project would be cash positive in year three of its operation; however, the projection failed to materialize, as Wilson lost $2.1 million in FY2008; $1.1 million in FY2009; $1.4 million in FY2010; $1.06 million in FY2011; and $1.3 million in FY2012.

In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law (S.L. 2011-84) that protects taxpayers by barring local governments from using tax dollars to cross-subsidize other local accounts and requiring a vote of citizens to authorize new debt used to fund the broadband service. The law grandfathered the City of Wilson, North Carolina, and two other municipal broadband providers, but required them to follow the requirements set in the legislation if they attempted to expand their service. Wilson subsequently asked for a waiver from those rules, resulting in today’s FCC ruling.

I’m fed up with Obama

GOPAfter listening to President Obama’s State of the Union address, I’m fed up. I’m fed up with his empty promises, I’m fed up with his lies and I’m fed up with his liberal agenda. Are you?America can’t afford more spending, more debt and more government intrusion in our lives.

If you’re fed up too, pitch in $16 right now to stop President Obama and his reckless liberal agenda.

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Truman is one of best presidents in my lifetime. The man was an honorable person.

President Harry Truman & Wife Bess

President Harry Truman & Wife Bess

President Harry Truman Home in Independence, Missouri

President Harry Truman Home in Independence, Missouri

Thought you’d enjoy this! It’s one you want your Children and Grandchildren to read. They won’t believe this happened, but it DID. In my opinion he was the last honorable democratic president…

Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 32 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence , Missouri . His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

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Sad time in America

GOPIt’s a sad time in America when we can’t trust our president… the man we elected and entrusted to represent our best interests. As a mother and grandmother, this especially troubles me. I know all too well that the foundation of all relationships is honesty, trust and respect. Through President Obama’s repeated lies about ObamaCare, this foundation has been fractured. The trust bond has been broken. Obama’s relationship with you, the American people, has been ruined. The sad truth is: Obama knew all along that this is how his socialized health system was designed to work. I want you to know that your Republican Party is working hard to defeat ObamaCare. We’re committed to repairing the damage done by Obama. And we won’t stop fighting until the job is done.

Join our fight to defeat ObamaCare by defeating Democrats in 2014 – contribute $14.

Sharon Day, RNC Co-Chair

Americans will have cast their votes deciding whether conservatives keep control of the House and regain the Senate

It’s officially an election year. Exactly one year from today, Americans will have cast their votes deciding whether conservatives keep control of the House and regain the Senate. In 2012 we lost two of our most important races by less than 800 votes. In Utah’s 4th district, Democrat Jim Matheson won by 768 votes and in North Carolina’s 7th district, Democrat Mike McIntyre won by a mere 654 votes.

These are races we could have won, races where even $10 would have made a difference in.

We can’t let this happen again. Losing races like these again could mean Nancy Pelosi controls the House. Supporters of the NRCC’s Defeat Liberal Democrats Fund are the front line grassroots supporters in this battle. This fund leads the way when it comes to doing battle with Pelosi’s campaign machine.

Will you commit to this election year by contribution $10, $20 or even $40 today?

When a race is decided by 654 votes, every dollar really does count.

Thank you,
Rep. Greg Walden
NRCC Chairman (R-OR)

National debt has doubled from $8.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion with the majority of that growth falling under Obama’s failed leadership

In 2006, then-Senator Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling saying “raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.” Today, President Obama is calling on Republicans to do just that without any reforms to fix our nation’s addiction to spending. I’m sure President Obama is hoping you had forgotten his words from 2006. But we didn’t and neither should you. Since 2006, our national debt has doubled from $8.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion with the majority of that growth falling under President Obama’s failed leadership. Today, House Republicans are leading the fight to defeat ObamaCare, rein in runaway spending in Washington, and end the Democrat government shutdown. As conservatives, you and I know we can’t afford to continue down this reckless path. But President Obama and Congressional Democrats don’t want to listen to the truth, so they’re refusing to negotiate. It’s time to speak up. President Obama and Harry Reid can only ignore us if we let them.

Sign our petition today and tell House Republicans to continue to stand strong for our conservative principles.

Sara Armstrong
RNC Chief Operating Officer

Warren Buffett’s Congressional Reform Act of 2013

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling.

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.”

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2013

  1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.
  2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
  3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
  4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
  5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
  6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
  7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/1/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Don’t you think it’s time?