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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Net Neutrality Debate: Access to Broadband Networks

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40616.pdf

Reviews the controversy surrounding efforts to create regulations that would place restrictions on corporate owners of the networks that provide access to the Internet to ensure equal access and nondiscriminatory treatment.  Regulations adopted in 2015 would make Internet networks subject to more regulations but representatives of the Trump administration are opting for less regulation.  The report reviews FCC and Congressional activity on the matter.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

H.R.1628: The American Health Care Act (AHCA)

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44785.pdf

The Congressional Budget Office has not yet released a report on the cost or effects of the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives on 5/4/17, but an extensive examination of the provisions of the bill has been prepared by the Congressional Research Service.  Contains three tables that offer an overview of all AHCA provisions. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

New Executive Order Directs Agencies to Revise or Rescind Climate Change Rules and Policies

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/eo-rescind.pdf

Analyzes recent presidential executive order that establishes policy to promote energy independence, primarily through actions favorable to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy producers.  The order also withdraws guidance on assessing climate change effects when making regulations about energy policy.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

(climate change     energy     environment     laws/regulations     presidency)

U.S. Strike on Syrian Airbase: Legal Under International Law

Categories: Defense/Military,Laws/Regulations,Syria,Treaties,United Nations

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/airbase.pdf

Provides a brief overview of the legality of the U.S. missile strike on Syria under international law and U.S. obligations under the UN Charter.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Trump Administration’s March 2017 Defense Budget Proposals: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44806.pdf

Responds to seven questions including whether the defense spending proposals would comply with current Budget Control Act limits on defense spending.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/28/presidential-executive-order-promoting-energy-independence-and-economi-1

Presidential order which requires executive agencies to identify and propose ways to eliminate any regulations that encumber energy production, constrain growth, or prevent job creation.  From the White House

 

Drug Compounding

Categories: Federal State Relations,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/681096.pdf

Examines the settings and extent of drug compounding, the enforcement of state laws and policies, communications between states and federal authorities, and recent steps for improvement by the Food and Drug Administration. From the Government Accountability Office

 

S.J. Res. 34: A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval … of the Rule Submitted by the Federal Communications Commission Relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.”

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/34

One of a series of measures passed by Congress to overturn regulations established during the last year of the Obama administration, this one does away with requiring Internet service providers to get the consent of subscribers before selling their confidential information such as sites visited to other entities.  From Congress.gov

 

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