In this webinar for state legislators and legislative staff, we will explore what many have called “deregulatory fever,” where rather than augmenting protections for telephone and Internet users, large telecommunications companies have been slowly and steadily stripping the few remaining cost and access protections that remain for American families. Experts will outline how the corporate telecommunications agenda is racing through the states — from the most progressive to the most conservative, from urban to rural communities. We will discuss strategies for legislators to protect self-sustaining broadband networks for local communities and how to stand firm in the face of these intensive corporate attacks.
The webinar will be moderated by Fabiola Carrión, Broadband Policy Consultant for Progressive States Network. This webinar follows a similar session presented at Progressive States Network's 2012 Legislative Leadership Retreat in November, allowing legislators who attended the session to be able to continue the discussion, while giving those who did not attend the session the opportunity to learn more about this critical issue.
Recorded Tuesday, December 13th
Please note: Due to technical difficulties, the first few minutes of the webinar were not recorded.
In a year that saw numerous anti-immigrant measures fail in the states and on the heels of the historic recall of Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, this webinar will focus on common-sense immigration policies that expand opportunity for all residents, both immigrant and native-born - including policies featured in the Blueprint. We'll take stock of victories in 2011 against anti-immigrant legislation and highlight the considerable momentum behind policies like tuition equity as we chart a course for a pro-immigrant agenda in 2012.;
Co-hosted by the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform, we were joined on this webinar by Dr. Bob Crittenden of the Herndon Alliance, a leading national expert on messaging health reform and the Affordable Care Act. He highlighted key messages to use when discussing complex and controversial issues like implementing state exchanges or protecting from cuts to Medicaid and strategies for effectively engaging target audiences and speaking to your colleagues about legislation.
With record numbers of Americans experiencing long-term unemployment, “Buy American” standards in state contracting – which require U.S.-made goods and materials to be used in government procurement and infrastructure projects – are an easy, effective way to create jobs and breathe new life into the manufacturing industry. Combined with their popularity with the public, 2012 is poised to be a banner year for this issue. Scott Paul, Executive Director of the American Manufacturing Alliance, will discuss public opinion research, model legislation, and the other tools that can help legislators and advocates advance “Buy American” provisions in their states.