Time Warner, fighting move to municipal broadband, hosted Maine lawmakers at resort

Threatened by the possibility that Maine cities and towns may build their own high-speed broadband networks because they are frustrated with corporate providers, the largest provider went on the offensive last month.

Just as the legislative session was starting in January, Time Warner invited Maine lawmakers to an overnight “Winter Policy Conference” at a resort in Cape Elizabeth, where the company tried to convince legislators that government owned-broadband is a bad idea. The guests were served steak dinners and some were put up for the night in rooms that retail for $205 to $355 per night.

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ajax172368d ago

Gotta love it when corporations bribe lawmakers.

SilentNegotiator2366d ago (Edited 2366d ago )

Just playing devil's advocate for a minute, but I wouldn't call a one night stay at a resort with a steak dinner much of a "bribe". If it's as chaste as all that, I wouldn't really call it a "bribe" at all; just incentive for the companies to be heard out.

Now, if they get to their room and find a briefcase full of money instead of a courtesy mint...

kingPoS2364d ago (Edited 2364d ago )

The use of such underhanded tactics should be outlawed. Those 'backers' could be doing better things to retain customers, like actually improving their network infrastructure.

In a nutshell, they don't want improvement, they want the status quo kept, even if it means defending one of the slowest average internet speeds in the nation.

Baka-akaB2366d ago (Edited 2366d ago )

Well we can easily guess they'll not stop at just some nice dinner ... and any decent legislator should just say no thank you , let's meet at my office , to begin with

kingPoS2366d ago

They're not even trying to hide their desperation.

Stringerbell2365d ago

Their lobbying group has uploaded a few anti neutrality vids to youtube that are beyond cringe worthy.

kingPoS2365d ago (Edited 2365d ago )

Links please ^_^

It's such a shame that they would claim that Maine, the state with one of the slowest internet speeds, shouldn't bother improving they're livelyhood.

kingPoS2364d ago

Protect the internet... ha! We all know what they really want to protect.