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CAGW Celebrates Media-Related Victories

Citizens Against Government Waste counted a couple of media-related decisions among what it was billing as "major victories" for the group.

One was the February passage of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. The bill permanently bars states and localities from imposing taxes on internet access.

A temporary renewal of ITFA—which has been regularly renewed since it passed in 1998 as a temporary ban—had been extended regularly through the end of September 2016.

"For almost two decades, CCAGW had lobbied for the temporary Internet tax ban first enacted in 1998 to be made permanent to preserve the Internet as a vital engine of economic growth," CAGW said in an email. "The new law prevents Americans from being hit with an additional tax bill totaling up to $14.7 billion annually."

Also on CAGW's list of victories was the court ruling in August overturning the FCC's preemption of state laws limiting municipal broadband buildouts.

"CAGW has long documented how municipal broadband networks across the country have been a huge financial drain on local taxpayers, and the court’s decision upholds states’ rights to limit these ill-conceived ventures," CAGW celebrated.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.