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[News] TechDirt: Charter Lobbyists Sneak Language Into NY State Budget Bill To Hamstring Community Broadband

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The following article was published by TechDirt:

Lobbyists for Charter Communications (Spectrum) have snuck some sneaky language into New York State’s latest budget bill in an effort to undermine popular community-owned broadband networks.

Part of the budget bill addresses the state’s ConnectALL Initiative, which was launched in 2022 to help direct the billions in broadband funding contained in the 2021 COVID relief and infrastructure bills. Because Charter wants the lion’s share of that money for itself, they’ve seemingly managed to include language that prohibits use of this funding if an area is already deemed “served.”

The full article is available here.



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