They waited until the competition was (largely) eliminated by smartphone apps, and Google and Apple were finally in a position to start monetizing the service again (you used to pay for navigation hardware and/or programs) so we will undoubtedly see worsening map quality since there won't be enough revenue for those greedy sumbitches once the regulations are slathered on.
Call your congress critter and tell him to think long and hard before voting for this act.
Yeah, a Republican power grab sounds very plausible. We were all just wondering when the President would let his true colors show.
From the second link: "Earlier this year in St. Paul, Minnesota, President Obama and Secretary Foxx promised to present Congress with a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal, and with the unveiling of The GROW AMERICA Act today, they have fulfilled that promise." It is the first sentence on the web page.
At the moment, the Ministry of Defense's prototype resembles a '1-meter long shoe box,' so the next step is to miniaturize it.
And is there a cat in the box? And how do they intend to miniaturize it.