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Subject: The Cable Merger's Biggest Loser: Municipal Broadband
Date: Tue May 13 12:32:53 MDT 2014

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May 13, 2014

The Cable Merger's Biggest Loser: Municipal Broadband

If the feds allow two of the biggest cable companies to combine, municipalities would lose even more power to create high-quality, low-cost publicly owned broadband services for their citizens.


Today's Headlines from Around the Nation

Who Will Newark Voters Pick to Replace Booker?
Nebraska Governor's Race a Dead Heat
Patrick Lucey, Former Wisconsin Governor and Ambassador to Mexico, Is Dead
What Happened to Andrew Cuomo's Transparency Pledge?
Feds, Counties Object to Detroit's Bankruptcy Exit Plan
Why Christie Conditionally Vetoed the Sandy 'Bill of Rights'
Health & Human Services
Texas' Big Medicaid Waste
Infrastructure & Environment
Congress Killed the Keystone Vote
Anti-Bullying Texas City Councilman Gets in Fight with the Weather Channel
Management & Labor
Is it Time to Change Professional Licensing Rules for Immigrants?
Public Safety & Justice
Seeking to Elimimate Traffic Deaths, De Blasio Looks to Sweden
Mental Health Playing a Bigger Part in Conn. Policing
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IBM's Next-Generation Smart City Solutions

With the launch of its next-generation smart city solutions, IBM has directed its thinking toward three main themes, which are tailored for cities, holistic in their execution, and interconnected. These are: Planning and Management, Infrastructure Planning, and Human Services.
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