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AT&T’s Digital Redlining

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The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)  did a study based on block census data submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by AT&T about broadband services offered in the City of Cleveland and its outlying suburbs in Cuyahoga County.

The results? “A pattern of long-term systematic failure to invest in the infrastructure required to provide equitable mainstream Internet access to residents of the central city (compared to the suburbs) and to lower-income neighborhoods.  When lending institutions have engaged in similar policies and practices, our communities have not hesitated to call it redlining.  We see no reason to hesitate to call it digital redlining in this case”.

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Asset Forfeiture Report from Dept of Justice

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An investigation into asset forfeiture from the Department of Justice.

It states: “We believe it is important for the Department to assess 1) whether these types of seizures benefit law enforcement efforts and 2) the extent to which these types of seizures present potential risks to civil liberties. We found that the Department neither formally collects nor evaluates the data necessary to determine whether its seizures and forfeitures advance or relate to federal investigations. As a result, the Department and its investigative components cannot fully evaluate and oversee their seizure and foreiture activities to ensure that they are used to advance investigations that help to dismantle criminal organizations and that they do not present a potential risk to civil liberties”.

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CPUC Slaps Charter

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Charter ended up being the successful suitor for Time Warner Cable after Comcast’s offer for the Southern California cable/ISP giant went down in flames.

Charter, which made much of being “not nearly as bad as Comcast” got their merger, but they got it with some conditions attached, noticeably in the State of California, where the Public Utilities Commission went through a robust approval process.

However, Charter was not content with yes for an answer and spent much of the last few months agitating about the merger conditions and trying to get them abated, using typos and other lame arguments to do so.  Continue reading CPUC Slaps Charter

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