How ISPs “Compete” With Municipal Networks: Lobbying and Campaign Donations That Block Them

How ISPs “Compete” With Municipal Networks: Lobbying and Campaign Donations That Block Them

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Say you’re mayor of a small city. Your city is small enough and far enough away from other cities that the big cable companies don’t want to spend what it would cost to run wires through your town, because the amount they will make in return isn’t worth it. That’s reasonable, from a business perspective. So you and the residents of your city get together and come up with a plan to make a public broadband utility instead. Makes sense, right? You’d happily pay someone else to do it for you, but since they don’t want to take your money you’ll do it yourself. Only — surprise! In come those self-same cable companies to block you from doing that, too, and they get your state’s legislature and governor to pass a law against you for good measure, so you can never try again.

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Manny Pacquiao’s mission is to be the victor – but look great doing it | Sport

Manny Pacquiaos mission is to be the victor – but look great doing it | Sport

Manny Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach, right, arriving at the Venetian Macao resort hotel in Macau. Photograph: Sands China/AFP/Getty Images

You would never have known Manny Pacquiao was closely surrounded by several dozen writers and photographers as he methodically wrapped his hands before a workout this week, so accustomed and indifferent is the Filipino icon to the intense media presence that shadows his every move.

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