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April 17, 2018

CT TECH JUNKIE | Comcast Adds Gigabit Downloads, Faster Uploads to Connecticut Customers

by Lon Seidman | Apr 17, 2018 5:09pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | CT Tech Junkie

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Comcast rolled out gigabit Internet speeds to some Connecticut customers, but data will only move that fast in one direction.

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April 12, 2018

Lawmakers Work To Get Drug Pricing, Mental Health Parity Over Finish Line

by Christine Stuart | Apr 12, 2018 2:16pm
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT —With 20 working days left in the legislative session, lawmakers are making a big push for legislation that would improve mental health parity and make drug prices more transparent.

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March 30, 2018

Tie Vote Defeats Net Neutrality Bill

by Christine Stuart | Mar 30, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | The Economy | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector | Equality

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HARTFORD, CT — Two Republicans in the Senate were able to defeat a bill, SB 2, that would have given Connecticut’s utility regulators an opportunity to prohibit internet service providers from throttling internet speeds, blocking websites, or imposing prioritized pricing.

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March 5, 2018

Tesla, Car Dealers Square Off

by Christine Stuart | Mar 5, 2018 1:36pm
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Courts | Energy | Environment | Jobs | Manufacturing | Greenwich | DMV | Manufacturing Sector | Retail Sector | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector

HARTFORD, CT — It’s the fourth year that Tesla, an American electric car maker, is asking the General Assembly for permission to sell its vehicles in Connecticut.

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February 21, 2018

OP-ED | The Moral Bankruptcy of Pro-Gun Extremists

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 21, 2018 5:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | White House | Glastonbury | Newtown

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State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan of Glastonbury, one of the pack of Republican candidates for governor, recently assured the pro-gun Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) that he regretted his vote in favor of tighter gun controls in the wake of the brutal mass murder of elementary school children in Newtown in 2012. The sad thing is, he may have just improved his chances of winning the Republican nomination.

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February 16, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Senate Immigration Proposals Flounder; Florida Shooting Draws Outrage

by Peter Urban | Feb 16, 2018 8:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | New Britain | Mental Health Care

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WASHINGTON — The Senate this week failed to reach agreement on immigration reform, leaving in doubt the future for about 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and could face deportation.

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January 29, 2018

Study: Vaping Can Lead To Smoking

by Jack Kramer | Jan 29, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Public Health | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — A major national study on electronic cigarettes purports that vaping can lead to nicotine addiction and may prompt teenagers to switch to cigarette smoking.

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December 15, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed

by Peter Urban | Dec 15, 2017 5:11pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Education | Media Matters | White House | Newtown | Technology sector

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The House Education and Workforce Committee met over a span of 11 hours on Tuesday as Democrats sought to block approval of a Republican-sponsored bill that Representative Joe Courtney described as taking a “wrecking ball” to higher education.

In the end, Republicans passed their bill 23-17 with no Democrats in support, putting in jeopardy a popular student loan forgiveness program and leaving in place a prohibition on refinance federal student loans to a lower rate.

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OP-ED | State’s Congressional Delegation Got It Right on #NetNeutrality

by Terry Cowgill | Dec 15, 2017 6:29am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Equality | Opinion | Technology sector

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Well, yesterday the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission gave us all an early stocking-stuffer. Connecticut residents and Internet users across the country are the recipients of an unwanted gift: new rules that will lift restrictions on the ability of Internet service providers to execute a pay-to-play model for content creators.

The end of the so-called net neutrality rules that have been the order of the day since 2015 when the administration of President Barack Obama put them in place would likely mean, as aptly described by the tech site Inverse, that “service providers like Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon could give huge tech company customers like Google, Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu access to priority ‘fast lanes,’ which would leave smaller companies at a disadvantage if they can’t afford to pay ISPs for that access.”

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December 6, 2017

Lembo Seeks To Block Use of ‘Expensive Specialty Drugs’

by Christine Stuart | Dec 6, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: Corporate Watch | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Public Health | Public Safety

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — As the administrator of the state employees health insurance plan, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo is taking steps to try and block the use of “outrageously expensive specialty drugs.”

Lembo said a review of pharmacy practices confirmed that the vast majority of prescriptions dispensed by two Connecticut pharmacies through the state health plan are for drugs manufactured by just one single drug manufacturer, Horizon Pharma.

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