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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally posted on Next New Deal

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What Verizon's Op-Eds Won't Tell You About America's Slow, Costly Internet Access (Next New Deal)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford responds to two recent New York Times op-eds that claimed the U.S. has great high-speed internet access - and criticized her work. She says the U.S. is paying more for lower speeds and lower quality access.

Rush Limbaugh on Slavery in America (The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren speaks about the right-wing response to President Obama's Friday speech on race. He argues that when the right complains about discussions of race, they ignore facts and history in a way that is dangerous for the black community.

Inequality, Mobility and the Policy Agenda They Imply (NYT)

Jared Bernstein argues that when Miles Corak pushes for accessible healthcare and high-quality early childhood education to improve income mobility, he doesn't go far enough. Education can't overcome the inequalities that require structural change.

Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man (Bill Moyers)

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship contend that President needs to do something about the millions of federally subcontracted jobs that have very low pay and no benefits. With an executive order, he could mandate a living wage for these government employees.

Subsidizing Poverty (TAP)

Harold Meyerson explains the problem with enterprise zones, which subsidize the wages of jobs that businesses might have created anyway. In San Bernadino, CA, the subsidized jobs were almost all low-wage, to the point where residents were subsidizing workers' poverty.

Why Won’t Obama Pay His Interns? (Buzzfeed)

Evan McMorris-Santoro reports on the work of Mikey Franklin, who is pushing back against the federal government's unpaid internship culture. Franklin can't accept a White House that pushes minimum wage increases without paying interns minimum wage.

Here’s how Goldman Sachs is making your beer more expensive (WaPo)

Lydia DePillis gives a step-by-step explanation of how Goldman Sachs's involvement in the aluminum market is raising prices. Goldman owns aluminum warehouses, and the cost of rent to store aluminum is eventually passed to buyers, inflating the price of the commodity.

New on Next New Deal

Delaware Welcomes Corporations That Put People Ahead of Profits

Roosevelt Institute Research Intern Suzanna Fritzberg explains how new legislation creating benefit corporations in Delaware could mean a major expansion of this form of social entrepreneurship, thanks to Delaware's corporation-friendly atmosphere.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 07:34 AM PDT.

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  •  Goldman Sachs slow motion suicide. (1+ / 0-)
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    If they fuck with the price of aluminum and that causes the price of beer to go up, couch potatoes everywhere will rise up & crush the bastards.

    Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

    by olo on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 09:52:19 AM PDT

  •  HSIA - highspeedinetaccess (1+ / 0-)
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    Jokes on us. If you do get cable, xDSL... ever check the details on your bill? Check wireless while at it. Check the taxes.
    Or recovery from the recovery funding fee's. However they term it.

    I believe in taxes. But how does this seem to make sense?

    Feds loan $ (some of our taxes) to infrastructure provider expansion. Do they pay back? Then we are levied a fee on the loan. Then we are taxed again? How does this work? How many ways are we paying for this?

    Why isn't my 10mb or very base access not like $10/mos?

    Where did all the ISP's go? Where is all the competition in this FreeMarket?

    NewDeal. Bullshit. RawDeal. Of course it is..

  •  Apparently the NSA eats up lots of bandwidth. (1+ / 0-)
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    Living the austerity dream.

    by jwinIL14 on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 08:14:21 PM PDT

  •  That Verizon infotorial made me really angry (3+ / 0-)
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    Pragmatus, pelagicray, FrY10cK

    and I don't think it was an accident that the NY Times closed it for comments.

    It's flat wrong in ten zillion ways.

    Here's one: in many places, they're claiming high speed from cellular networks. Yes, they're pretty good... when you have just a few users on them. But they don't usually have the capacity for EVERYONE to have high speed access in the area, especially not when they're used in rural areas.

    AT&T used their cellular network to shut down a project for rural broadband in our area, saying we already have high speed. What's true is that like 5 people plus the school have high speed, plus another handful via cellular. There's not capacity for all 3,000 residents to have broadband.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 10:55:50 PM PDT

    •  It's info-twit-ment! (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm not sixty-two—I'm fifty-twelve!

      by Pragmatus on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 10:57:56 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, about a decade ago I was getting information (1+ / 0-)
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      at a 15th-16th century hotel building in a "difficult" location in Europe. The small hotel's owner was doing some searches for me on hours of nearby sights and I noticed image laden pages flicking by at eye blink speed. That was something I wasn't getting on my DSL—the only option other than dial-up—some 25 miles from the White House. I asked. "Fiber" was the answer.

      It was years before "fiber" came near my home. There is still no real competition. One choice of cable company and Verizon's fiber—or you can try some form of wireless. Don't like the offer? Go suck eggs! Family nearby, further out doesn't even have that choice. Don't like the big cable (not mine, one notorious for poor service) company's service? Tough shit!

      It is another little reminder to me as I return from overseas trips that we are increasingly on the road to deep second and even third tier infrastructure status. In the 60s and 70s I'd return from Japan or Europe feeling "back in front rank"—no longer. "We are #1" chants increasingly sound like those at a sports farm team—except in matters of military technology.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 06:02:20 AM PDT

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  •  Why would I need 100Mbps? (0+ / 0-)

    While I agree broadband is too expensive, I'd love someone to explain to me why I, an average user, would need a 100Mbps symmetrical internet connection.  My connection (measured at 17Mbps download) is fast enough to watch Netflix in HD.  Why do I need anything faster?  What would the average consumer do with 100Mbps that he or she couldn't do with 15-20?

    The only thing I can think of is downloading "large files".  Ahem.  And I can see why certain interests wouldn't be all that interested in enabling that capability.


  •  Thanks For The Rush Limbaugh bit. (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for including the bit about Rush Limbaugh. His commentary about race is odious. I discussed this once while training a friend of mine. The "Barack The Magic Negro" bit was probably the most hateful stunt he pulled, but I'm sure there are many others.

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