There’s an interesting – and important – vote scheduled in the state Senate Finance Committee today at 1 p.m.
The bill is S1209. The Broadband for Everyone NC coalition – which I’m working with – views this as an industry-sponsored bill that will give control of North Carolina’s broadband (and economic) future to Time Warner Cable and AT&T.
The bill was introduced after the City of Wilson – tired of waiting for the cable guy to provide super-high-speed Internet service – went ahead and provided the service itself.
That’s right, people in Wilson have much faster Internet service than we can get in Raleigh!
So now the empire strikes back.
Shouldn’t the state be promoting advanced broadband rather than shutting down cities that provide it?