said by Hodo Kanjo :
the community activists are still upset that the deal isn't being funneled thru some gov't agency
That's not mentioned anywhere. Some of you folks are fighting imaginary pro-government demons in your heads.
said by Bill Neilson:
Where are the activists mad that it isn't going through the government?
From the link quoted in the BBR story above:
»www.nytimes.com/2013/01/21/busin ··· all&_r=0
But many advocacy groups argue that broadband has become so crucial to success in school and the work force that it should be treated like a public utility paid in part by government subsidies.
Broadband service is a natural monopoly controlled by a handful of private companies, said Mr. Karaganis, of the American Assembly, adding that Internet Essentials gave Comcast access to people in community settings where it could use the lure of low prices to tap into a new consumer base.
In September the F.C.C. helped set up Connect2Compete...Connect2Compete serves as a middleman between communities and companies. That setup is intended to create a buffer between corporations and communities to avoid the kind of murky territory that private-public partnerships like Internet Essentials must navigate, said Zach Leverenz, chief executive at Connect2Compete. Its important to have a trusted intermediary, he said.
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