Broadband News from Another Planet…

Local ballots in 17 [Colorado] counties all resulted in voters electing to allow their local governments to offer broadband service in competition with private cable companies. The vote overturns a 2005 law that prevented any government agency from competing in the broadband space. Full article here.

In Mason, NH, both the town and school routers are password protected, so webbing while being bored during a executive session is a bother (and yes the selectmen and school board hold a lot of executive sessions).

Heaven forbid that that browser cookies point back to purient sites and results in a fate that apparently befell New Ipswich Fire Chief David Leel see here; but portable devices that might store traceable cookies are taken home, so we have no idea what our local officials might be worried about. Rumor has it that the school firewall protects our children, so the SAU should have even less concerns.

(cough) Town Officials reading the Gazette on town (cough) computers an acceptable use?

1 comment for “Broadband News from Another Planet…

  1. cloudnavigator
    November 6, 2015 at 08:48

    Well, this is hardly surprising news since 20 states prohibit cities and towns from building publicly owned broadband infrastructure. The FCC is moving against these anti-democratic and anti-competitive laws in Tennessee and North Carolina. The legislation to protect the incumbent cable and telco oligopoly emanated from the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC. ALEC promotes extremely conservative legislative efforts to enact into law the wishes of their corporate funding sources. ALEC provides “model” legislation to state legislators who then proceed to vote for laws that are against the interests of their constituents. This is typically accomplished through campaign contributions provided by lobbyists, who represent corporations who are members of ALEC. It is rule of, buy and for the corporations. Looks like the voters in 17 counties in Colorado have had enough of corporate rule when it comes to providing broadband network infrastructure and services. Cities and towns in NH face a similar hurdle because the state has not yet made it legal for cities and towns to bond for publicly owned broadband infrastructure with voter approval.

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