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AccuWeather trying to cut off public info (SEE S.786 BELOW) Several private weather forecasting businesses have persuaded Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa) to propose gagging the National Weather Service, prohibiting public dissemination of taxpayer-funded weather information, in order to eliminate competition for for-profit private services.
|Ten-Foot Poll on Weather---RESULT
|posted 930a Fri 5/20 - 730p Sun 5/22/2005|
AccuWeather proposes to eliminate competition by prohibiting NOAA from making weather information available at no charge.
|NOAA weather should be free on the internet||
|Should not be free||
|Save tax money and close down NOAA
|Accuweather, kiss my grits||
Total votes 1311-
Palm Beach Post
Feds' weather information could go dark
"I believe I've paid for that data once. ... I don't want to have to pay for it again," said Scott Bradner, a technical consultant at Harvard University. He says that as he reads the bill, a vast amount of federal weather data would be forced offline. "The National Weather Service website would have to go away," Bradner said. "What would be permitted under this bill is not clear — it doesn't say. Even including hurricanes."
S.786 - WHAT IT SAYS, EXACTLY
(b) COMPETITION WITH PRIVATE SECTOR- The Secretary of Commerce shall not provide, or assist other entities in providing, a product or service (other than a product or service described in subsection (a)(1)) that is or could be provided by the private sector unless--
(1) the Secretary determines that the private sector is unwilling or unable to provide such product or service; or
(2) the United States Government is obligated to provide such product or service under international aviation agreements to provide meteorological services and exchange meteorological information.
ABC NEWS ORIGINAL REPORT
Storm brewing over Weather Service access
Senator Seeks to Limit Government's Weather Forecasts "We work hard everyday competing with other companies and we also have to compete with the government," said Barry Lee Myers, executive vice president of AccuWeather Inc. Sen. Rick Santorum, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate leadership, has at least 14 such commercial weather companies in his home state of Pennsylvania, including powerhouse AccuWeather. Santorum insists his bill will not affect people's access to government weather information during times of emergency.
San Antonio okays $3M dome upgrade
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