AT&T Wants $100 Million From California Taxpayers For Aging DSL

AT&T is asking California taxpayers to give them $100 million so that AT&T can provide several parts of the state with unreliable, slow and expensive DSL service. As Steve Blum’s blog notes, under Assembly Bill 2130 (written by AT&T lobbyists), AT&T would receive $100 million from state taxpayers. In return, AT&T would only need to provide 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload and would have little to no oversight over whether the $100 million is even being used for the DSL service...

My thoughts as a Californian :

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Die commerce die.

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Damn.

Just,

Damn.

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BAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA

Honest to god. At this point I am really curious if it is just cheaper to install fiber optic infrastructure.

I mean they will eventually have to install it anyways. Why beat around the bush?

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Saw this news on Slashdot as well...In Google Fiber We Trust! Except stop being evil Google. Except we need you!

What's funny about AT&T, they won't even install new lines. They will rent space on lines that exist that nobody wants to use any more, then sell Californian's a big 'ol package of crap. Dial-up! Ha! Might as well be black and white 240p tv from the 1950's. And this is what really kills me- These [email protected]#&ers make us pay for the entire infrastructure and costs of running it, and then charge us AGAIN for being a user. Kinda like a toll bridge that paid for itself years ago, but is still raising toll rates.