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FCC Votes to Increase E-rate Telecom Taxes

In mid-December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to hike fees on consumers’ wireless services, subsidizing the cost of Internet connectivity for public libraries and school. Created in 1996 as part of the Telecommunications Act, the E-rate program receives $2.25 billion annually in consumers’ money, through the Universal Service Fund, a line-item fee tacked upon to the bills of consumers’ wireless devices. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a 62 percent increase, increasing the size...

Illinois Statehouse Dumps Plan to Revive Anti-Ridesharing Bill

In late November, the Illinois General Assembly abandoned a plan to override outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn (D)’s veto of heavily restrictions on ridesharing transportation network companies. Explaining his August veto, Quinn explained that “a one-size-fits-all approach” to commercial ridesharing companies—such as Lyft or Uber—was inappropriate, adding that such services were “best regulated at the local level.” Among other provisions of the bill vetoed by Quinn, House Bill 4075, individuals wishing...

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