KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Cable television lobbyists in Kansas are endorsing a controversial bill that would make it illegal for cities to offer broadband services to their residents.
Senate Bill 304 states “except with regard to unserved areas, a municipality may not, directly or indirectly offer or provide to one or more subscribers, video, telecommunications or broadband service.” It also states a city cannot partner up with a private company to offer broadband services.
The bill is being written by the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association.
“The firestorm this bill generated was a bit unfair,” said KCTA president John Federico. He said it’s not fair to private companies such as Time Warner, Cox Communication, AT&T and others when a city gives benefits to one cable company over another. He said private companies should be allowed to compete on a fair playing field.
He denied allegations that this bill is in response to the rise of Google Fiber. Google Fiber is working with Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., and other cities to lease space on power poles. Without that partnership, Google Fiber might not have headquartered its high-speed internet service here. Google signed its name on a joint statement with 11 other companies and trade associations in protest to S.B. 304, stating, “This bill will harm both the public and private sectors, stifle economic growth, prevent the creation or retention of thousands of jobs, hamper work force development and diminish the quality of life in Kansas.”
Nothing to do with Google Fiber, my ass. That is EXACTLY what this is about.
My AP Psych teacher from high school keeps binders and notebooks with dicks drawn on them to use as visual aids for the Freudian unit.
One time she did this life changing little “experiment” where she ever so calmly asked guys why they draw penises on things. They tried to say “it’s just funny” or “you don’t understand” and she just kept saying “you’re right, I don’t understand. Explain to me. You already know what a penis looks like, why do you have to draw it on things? Are you marking it? Are you tagging it? Girls don’t draw vaginas on things.” And the guys suddenly started questioning their motives for everything they do and one guy was like “ms, stop talking about penises, you’re making us uncomfortable.” And she shouted “HOW DO YOU THINK WE FEEL SEEING DICKS DRAWN ON STUFF ALL THE TIME?”