Let’s stop treating the internet like a utility

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Author: Kish Rajan

Article: Sacramento Bee

What do the iPhone, the “Internet of Things” and solar panels all have in common? They’re all fantastic technologies that make our lives better, and none of them were invented by utility companies.

They could have been. People consider phone companies to be utilities. Same with electric companies. But thanks to decades of heavy regulations, these sectors have had little to no incentive to innovate due to outdated laws and regulations that stifle rather than encourage investment and competition.

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Democrats pave the way toward spending $1 trillion on roads, ports and other projects

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Author: Michael Doyle

A lot more money could fuel improvements to California’s highways, airports and rail lines under a 10-year, trillion-dollar infrastructure plan proposed Tuesday by Senate Democrats.

The ambitious but broad-stroke Democratic plan amounts to an opening bid, nudging the White House and congressional Republicans to start down the road toward a major infrastructure bill that California lawmakers would help write.

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SF’s model for citywide gigabit-speed internet service could come by June

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Author: Joshua Sabatini

San Francisco is expected to finalize a contract this month with a consultant to lead The City toward the creation of a high-speed internet service for all residents and businesses.

The City may have suffered a setback in November when it lost its head of the Department of Technology to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — the department has had a history of high turnover of directors — but plans are still moving forward on the long talked about effort to establish a gigabit-speed internet service using The City’s growing fiber-optic infrastructure.

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Pai Prioritizes Closing Digital Divide

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Author: John Eggerton

New FCC chairman Ajit Pai has addressed his troops, as it were, and let them know that closing the digital divide will be an agency priority under his stewardship.

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Truth About Our Crumbling Infrastructure is the Tweets

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Author: Kish Rajan

Sometimes, it takes a tweet to speak the truth: Bay Area residents must recognize our crumbling infrastructure.

Last week, commuters complaining about delays were surprised when Taylor Huckaby, a social media manager for @SFBart, did the politically unthinkable. When faced with hundreds of tweets, he was frank and honest about the financial and structural challenges facing the public transit agency, and the Bay Area’s infrastructure at large.

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AT&T Wants to Decommission Landlines in California

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Author: Samantha Young

Seeking to capitalize upon Californians’ growing use of Internet-based phone service, telephone giant AT&T is asking state lawmakers to allow it to decommission its costly landlines.

The telco says wireless and Internet-based voice services are giving Californians enhanced phone services at a better price than traditional copper wire landlines, and it’s time for the state to move into the 21st century.

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