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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2002
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
"Junk E-mail": An Overview of Issues and Legislation Concerning Unsolicited Commercial Electronic Mail ("Spam")

"Junk E-mail": An Overview of Issues and Legislation Concerning Unsolicited Commercial Electronic Mail ("Spam")

Date: May 28, 2002
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: Unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE), also called “spam” or “junk e-mail,” aggravates many computer users. Not only can it be a nuisance, but its cost may be passed on to consumers through higher charges from Internet service providers who must upgrade their systems to handle the traffic. Proponents of UCE insist it is a legitimate marketing technique and protected by the First Amendment. Legislation to place limits on UCE was considered by the last two Congresses, but no bill cleared Congress. Several bills have been introduced in the 107th Congress. H.R. 718 was reported from the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee (H. Rept. 107-41, Parts 1 and 2). The two versions are quite different. S. 630 was ordered reported from the Senate Commerce Committee.
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Telecommunications Discounts for Schools and Libraries: The "E-Rate" Program and Controversies

Telecommunications Discounts for Schools and Libraries: The "E-Rate" Program and Controversies

Date: May 29, 2002
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A
Description: None
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Telemarketing: Dealing With Unwanted Telemarketing Calls

Telemarketing: Dealing With Unwanted Telemarketing Calls

Date: May 30, 2002
Creator: Riehl, James R
Description: None
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Telephone Bills: Charges on Local Telephone Bills

Telephone Bills: Charges on Local Telephone Bills

Date: June 12, 2002
Creator: Riehl, James R
Description: None
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Digital Television: An Overview

Digital Television: An Overview

Date: June 13, 2002
Creator: Kruger, Lennard G
Description: Digital television (DTV) is a new television service representing the most significant development in television technology since the advent of color television in the 1950s. DTV can provide sharper pictures, a wider screen, CD-quality sound, better color rendition, and other new services currently being developed. A successful deployment of DTV requires: the development by content providers of compelling digital programming; the delivery of digital signals to consumers by broadcast television stations, as well as cable and satellite television systems; and the widespread purchase and adoption by consumers of digital television equipment. A key issue in the Congressional debate over the digital transition has been addressing the millions of American over-the-air households whose existing analog televisions will require converter boxes in order to receive digital signals when the analog signal is turned off.
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Satellite Television: Provisions of SHVIA and LOCAL, and Continuing Issues

Satellite Television: Provisions of SHVIA and LOCAL, and Continuing Issues

Date: June 20, 2002
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: None
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Date: June 21, 2002
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A
Description: None
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Telecommunications Discounts for Schools and Libraries: The "E-Rate" Program and Controversies

Telecommunications Discounts for Schools and Libraries: The "E-Rate" Program and Controversies

Date: June 21, 2002
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A
Description: None
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Electronic Payments and the U.S. Payments System

Electronic Payments and the U.S. Payments System

Date: June 27, 2002
Creator: Eubanks, Walter W & Smale, Pauline
Description: This report provides a framework for understanding the paper-based and electronic components of the current U.S. payments system. It begins with a basic overview of the payments system, explaining the relative size and growth of various methods of payment. The report discusses paper-based payments and then examines the operations of wholesale and retail electronic payments. Finally, the report discusses some of the major policy issues concerning the regulation and supervision of electronic payments.
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Electronic Congress: Proposals and Issues

Electronic Congress: Proposals and Issues

Date: July 2, 2002
Creator: Seifert, Jeffrey W & Petersen, R. Eric
Description: The events of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent anthrax incidents have prompted some observers to suggest creating a capability for a virtual or electronic Congress (e-Congress) that could function in the event of an emergency. Currently, it is unclear exactly how an e-Congress would be constituted and operated; however, a proposal (H.R. 3481) has been introduced to require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to investigate the feasibility and costs of implementing a computer system for remote voting and communication for Congress to ensure business continuity for congressional operations.
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