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

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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, (video), Stankey was asked, "Do you support the president's proposal to have municipalities own broadband facilities?" Stankey responded, "I think actually the president's proposal is probably a bit misguided in that regard."

"It would be a shame that we take taxpayer money or ask local governments to go into a business that they don't run today," Stankey said. "You know, their job is to deliver water, patch streets, things like that, not be in a capital-intensive technology business that requires constant refresh and constant management."

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$1 billion piracy ruling could force ISPs to disconnect more Internet users

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A billion-dollar judgment in a piracy lawsuit involving a major Internet service provider could force ISPs to terminate more customer accounts and "punish the innocent and guilty alike," advocacy groups have warned. Urging an appeals court to overturn the ruling, the groups wrote that "upholding this verdict would result in innocent and vulnerable users losing essential Internet access."

These concerns were raised in a court filing last week by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Center For Democracy and Technology, the American Library Association, the Association of College And Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and Public Knowledge. The groups' filing was made to the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in support of an appeal seeking to overturn a ruling in a case launched by record labels against Cox Communications.

"In going after Internet service providers for the actions of just a few of their users, Sony Music, other major record labels, and music publishing companies have found a way to cut people off of the Internet based on mere accusations of copyright infringement," the EFF wrote in a blog post announcing the filing. "When these music companies sued Cox Communications, an ISP, the court got the law wrong. It effectively decided that the only way for an ISP to avoid being liable for infringement by its users is to terminate a household or business's account after a small number of accusations—perhaps only two. The court also allowed a damages formula that can lead to nearly unlimited damages, with no relationship to any actual harm suffered. If not overturned, this decision will lead to an untold number of people losing vital Internet access as ISPs start to cut off more and more customers to avoid massive damages."

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Prankster painted huge "Welcome to Perth" sign visible from planes arriving at Sydney Airport

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Prankster Brad Heasman painted "Welcome to Perth" in huge letters on the roof of his warehouse that's visible from planes landing at Sydney International Airport. For those unfamiliar with Australia's geogrpahy, Sydney is about 2,500 miles across the country from Perth. — Read the rest

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Building the world's biggest and deepest swimming pool… for science!

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The Blue Abyss is a deep sea and space research training facility that will be constructed near the Cornwall Airport Newquay in England. Holding nearly 1.5 million cubic feet of water, the Blue Abyss will be the world's largest and deepest swimming pool of its kind. — Read the rest

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My Patreon is officially 1.5 years old, so I’m sharing some of...

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My Patreon is officially 1.5 years old, so I’m sharing some of my favorite art that I wouldn’t have been able to create without the support of my patrons!

When I first set it up, I made the commitment to create one video each month. At first these were sketchbook tours, but later on I decided to make them tutorial videos. After one and a half years of running this Patreon, the videos have piled up and now there’s a whole library of resources posted on there! There’s tutorials on construction, choosing colors, rendering, drawing animals, and a ton more - 13 to be exact, which each one lasting about an hour because I’ve discovered that I’m incapable of making things short and concise 😅 

Anyway, if you sign up now, you’ll get access to all of those tutorials, plus a bunch of lectures, Q&A sessions, step-by-steps, and early access to some new art I haven’t posted yet. It’s only $5 for all of that! So definitely check it out if you’re interested in my process and wanna learn more about drawing and digital art! Find it here: patreon.com/loish

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Non-binary pronouns. It’s complicated, but wonderful things usually are.

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So. A few months ago Hailey said they felt like they were non-binary (someone who doesn’t identify as solely male or female), but that they were okay with “she/they” as pronouns, which was fine because it allowed me to be a good mother and say “I totally support what makes you happy” without actually havingContinue reading "Non-binary pronouns. It’s complicated, but wonderful things usually are."
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