• NY can't force ISPs to offer $15 low-income broadband plans, judge rules

    11 days ago - By Ars Technica

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    On Friday, the broadband industry won a court order that prohibits New York from enforcing a state law that would require ISPs to sell $15-per-month broadband plans to low-income households.
    Lobby groups for ISPs sued New York to block the law that was scheduled to take effect on June 15 and received a preliminary injunction today from US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The state law is preempted by federal law, US District Judge Denis Hurley wrote in the order. While the case will continue, Hurley found that the industry is likely to succeed in its...
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  • AT&T CEO seems confident industry can kill Biden's municipal broadband plan

    AT&T CEO seems confident industry can kill Biden's municipal broadband plan

    11 days ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / AT&T's logo at its corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
    AT&T CEO John Stankey yesterday called President Biden's plan to fund municipal broadband networks "misguided" and said the US shouldn't pay for any broadband deployment in areas that already have networks. But as AT&T and other ISPs lobby against public networks and government-funded competition, Stankey said he is confident that Congress will steer legislation in the more "pragmatic" direction that AT&T favors.
    In an interview with The Economic Club of Washington, DC, , Stankey was asked, "Do you support the...
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