New SB 649 Amendments: Lipstick On a Pig

I’ve just seen the latest set of 61 amendments to SB 649. They’ll be published tomorrow (Thursday). Most of them are word corrections. A few are substantive and make SB 649 even worse for the citizens of California. No fix to the wireless digital divide. No fix to the unfunded state mandate. No fix for the gift to cable TV operators. No fix to the gift to wireless and cable TV company shareholders. In essence, the most current round of amendments can best be described thus:

SB 649 remains the “Gift of Public Funds and Public Property to the Communications Industry Act.”



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