Five Years Later, Slow Progress on Dodd-Frank Reforms

Five years ago this month, our economy was in a world of hurt. From the Dow’s record one-day plunge to Lehman Brothers filing for bankruptcy, the pain was spread far and wide. But it was underserved communities who took the…
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“Sewer Service”: Debt Collectors Gone Wild

About 30 million consumers—nearly one out of every 10 Americans—have accounts in collection, totaling $1,500 on average. This means that, in the hands of an unscrupulous debt collector, debt can make life hell for millions of consumers. Abusive debt collection…
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Help Stop the California Legislature’s Attempt to Pull the Plug on Your Phone Service

California has a longstanding goal of “Universal Service”—providing telephone service to every Californian. Now, that goal is in serious danger. First, some background: Any program designed to achieve universal service must ensure the following: Availability.  People can’t use phone service…
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What do Picking an FCC Chair and Buying a Car Have in Common?

Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee held a confirmation hearing for Thomas Wheeler, President Obama’s pick for chair of the Federal Communications Commission.  The hearing was pretty typical–a lot of stump speeches disguised as softball questions, and a lot of answers…
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