McGinn is a pretty forward thinking mayor who did an AMA on reddit a week or so back and he stated that Comcast gave Murray, the guy he’s running up against, “a big pile of money.” Murray, of course, will NOT be pushing for gigabit Internet.
Sure, I understand that it sucks for the private sector when the government steps in and offers services to the public at far lower prices than the private companies can provide, but in this case, it’s actually a partnership with the government and private companies that’s providing the service, and the existing companies CAN provide those speeds, they just don’t want to.
These steps would not be necessary if the US wasn’t so far behind the rest of the world in Internet access speeds in the first place.
Now, Comcast can’t pay the other guy, Senator Ed Murray money to make sure that he doesn’t implement this gigabit Internet as that would be a bribe and bribing a politician is illegal. Instead they are paying lots and lots of money through PACs to fund his campaign to make sure that he gets elected.
Now, doesn’t that look like a bribe to you? I mean, what looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, must be a duck, right? But we can of course thank our unelected supreme leaders for deciding that money does not corrupt politics, and that it “doesn’t even give the appearance of corruption.” Yeah right.
You can read more over at the Washington Post.
Updated: December 7, 2014 @ 18:5 hrs: Well it looks like Comcast won and of course the Gigabit Internet is no longer going to happen.