The trade group, whose largest member is Time Warner, is one of a growing number of private enterprises turning to the public records law in recent years to settle beefs with government or to collect information they can use to make money.
For those who need to play catch-up on this issue, here's a glance at some recent developments:
The Internet is no less transformational than electricity. Through this world-changing technology, lives are being shared, distance learning taking place and innovative new businesses springing up. Sadly just as in the days before electrification, many North Carolina communities (particularly rural ones) are being left behind, stuck in the Internet slow lane.
The incredible irony of this issue is the telecom-financed opposition's use of the phrase "level the playing field". North Carolina, where up is down and wrong is right.
Level Playing Field/Local Gov't Competition. AN ACT to protect jobs and investment by regulating local government competition with private business.
This bill is flawed in several ways, but first let's look at that "regulating local government" thing. For a GOP-led Legislature that rarely misses an opportunity to bash the Federal government for pushing states around, they are flexing their muscles over municipalities like there's no tomorrow. But like several other issues being debated, that irony is lost on them.
The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to take up legislation Wednesday that would force municipalities to get voter approval before borrowing money to build a broadband network. Opponents say that would give corporations a spending advantage ahead of local referendums.
Mystery question #47: When is a compromise not a compromise? When it gives one side a huge advantage over the other.
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