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Deregulation and Defunding

These early days of the 114th U. S. Congress are seeing legislative bills for deregulations and defundings. Two examples are two bills recently passed in the House. The first bill (HR 50) strengthens the “Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.” A federal mandate imposes responsibility, action, procedure, etc. by constitutional, administrative, executive or judicial action […]

Kickstarter as a Public Benefit “B” Corporation

Public Benefit Corporations, which are often established by governments, have the unique chartered purpose of a public benefit, in addition to the traditional corporate purpose of earning profits. Some states also allow private entities to be public benefit corporations. Following that ideal, the co-founders of Kickstarter, a crowdfunding corporation, reincorporated Kickstarter as a public benefit […]

FCC’s Effort to Stop Unwanted Calls/Texts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposes new rules, slated for a vote on June 18, 2015, further limiting “unwanted and intrusive calls and texts” to landlines and cellphones. This is welcomed news to consumers but decidedly unwelcomed news to companies conducting phone survey, opinion and marketing research. The FCC’s proposed rules would: – Give consumers […]

Subway’s Struggles

Subway, Inc., an innovator in the made-to-order sandwich market that grew to 43,000 stores worldwide, is in trouble. First, its 15-year spokesman, Jared Fogle, was charged with distributing child pornography and repeatedly pursuing paid sex with minors. Fogle rose to national prominence after reportedly losing 200+ lbs. by eating Subway sandwiches, the “fresh and healthy” […]

Supercookies Tracking Our Internet Use

Our good friends at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have advised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of their apprehensions about Verizon’s use of “super cookies” to track the internet usage of 100+ million of its cellular customers. In addition, the EFF plans to take legal action against Verizon to stop the tracking program. Verizon has been […]