'I'm Suing New York City To Loosen Verizon's Iron Grip'

New submitter mirandakatz writes: New York City is lagging far behind when it comes to ensuring ubiquitous, reasonably priced fiber optic internet access for every resident. There's a jaw-dropping digital divide in the city, and more than a quarter of households are still using dial-up. The city could be doing more to fix that -- but it's not. That's why Susan Crawford, a professor at Harvard Law School and fierce advocate for nationwide fiber, is suing the city. At Backchannel, Crawford writes that "the city's intransigence should be embarrassing to it. Instead of a plan, instead of exercising power and acting coherently, all we've got is shuffling and nay-saying. Getting information regarding access is the key to transforming telecommunications policy in the U.S. -- as well as in New York City. We must do better." "New York City is the regulator of all the underground conduit in those two boroughs -- meaning the pipes running under the streets through which fiber optic lines are threaded," Crawford writes. "At any moment, it could require that additional conduit be built where it doesn't now exist. It could require that choked-up conduit that is now decades old be cleaned and repaired.

Pharmacy boss blamed for meningitis outbreak gets 9 years

Pharmacy boss blamed for meningitis outbreak gets 9 yearsBOSTON (AP) — The co-owner of a pharmacy deemed responsible for the deaths of 76 people in a national meningitis outbreak tearfully apologized to the victims on Monday and was sentenced to nine years in prison, far less than the victims had wanted.

CBO: Senate Health Bill Leaves 22M More Uninsured

us capitolA report from the Congressional Budget Office says the Senate health insurance replacement for Obamacare would leave 22M more people uninsured.

Ant power: Take a ride on a bus that runs on formic acid

The drive to find more sustainable transport fuels has been given a boost by some Dutch students.

£100m from West to clean up Russian nuclear base

Western nations are giving Russia nearly £100m to clear up nuclear waste at Andreyeva Bay, a contaminated Cold War submarine base.

World Cup 2022: Claims of corruption in Qatar bid published in Germany

Claims of alleged corruption in Qatar's successful 2022 World Cup bid are published in the German media.

World Cup 2022: Claims of corruption in Qatar bid published in Germany

Claims of alleged corruption in Qatar's successful 2022 World Cup bid are published in the German media.

The first cash machine came into use 50 years ago today

It is 50 years to the day that the first cash machine came into use. How has it changed over the years?

Reality Check: Britain and EU at odds over citizens' rights

The EU argues that the rights of the bloc's citizens should not change as a result of Brexit.

Could humans ever regenerate a heart? A new study suggests the answer is 'yes'

A new study's findings point to potential for tweaking communication between human genes and advancing our ability to treat heart conditions and stimulate regenerative healing.

Odd properties of water and ice explained: Water exists as two different liquids

Scientists have discovered two phases of liquid water with large differences in structure and density. The results are based on experimental studies using X-rays.

The CBO report shows how the Senate healthcare bill could crush low-income Americans

The CBO report shows how the Senate healthcare bill could crush low-income AmericansThe Congressional Budget Office released its projections for the effects of the Senate...

The FBI appears to be taking cues from the explosive Russia dossier that Trump called 'phony'

The FBI appears to be taking cues from the explosive Russia dossier that Trump called 'phony'The FBI extensively questioned Carter Page, an early foreign policy adviser to President Donald...

Saints' Fairley out for 2017 due to heart issue

Saints' Fairley out for 2017 due to heart issue

Does the ball get bigger, and is it tea or supper? How day-night games unfolded

Average crowds? Strange intervals? A ball that gets bigger? How the first of the day-night County Championship games unfolded.

County Championship: How the opening day of day-night matches unfolded

Average crowds? Strange intervals? A ball that gets bigger? How the first of the day-night County Championship games unfolded.

Shonda Rhimes opens up about weight loss... begrudgingly

Shonda Rhimes knows she lost lots of weight. But she doesn’t need you to remind her about it.
In her new Shondaland newsletter, the uber-producer behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal reflects on how her recent weight loss of “closer to 150 lbs” brought unwanted attention from women and men alike.
“Women I barely knew gushed. And I mean GUSHED. Like I was holding-a-new-baby-gushed,” Rhimes wrote. “Only there was no new baby. It was just me. In a dress. With makeup on and my hair all did, yes. But…still the same me. In one of my same dresses (cause why am I gonna buy a NEW dress when I can take this to a seamstress and she can just make it smaller? Who am I, The Crown? No, I’m from the Midwest, baby, and I come with coupons). Women gushed anyway. And men? They spoke to me. THEY SPOKE TO ME. Like stood still and had long conversations with me about things. It was disconcerting. But even more disconcerting was that all these people suddenly felt completely comfortable talking to me about my body. Telling me I looked ‘pretty’ or that they were ‘proud of me’ or that ‘wow, you are so hot now’ or ‘you look amazing!'”

Will Justice Kennedy Retire?

The Supreme Court's term ends next week with growing speculation that Justice Anthony Kennedy -- the panel's most pivotal member--may retire at age 80 after 29 years on the court. ... Kennedy has played an important role as the court's swing vote on many important rulings. His departure would allow conservatives to wrest near total control of the bench for the foreseeable future.

Vikings' Floyd gets 1 day in jail for violation

Vikings' Floyd gets 1 day in jail for violation

Apple has acquired eye-tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments, documents show (Joe Rossignol/MacRumors)


Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:

Apple has acquired eye-tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments, documents show  —  Apple has almost certainly acquired German computer vision company SensoMotoric Instruments, a provider of eye tracking glasses and systems, based on evidence compiled by MacRumors.

A White House-backed group is going after a Republican senator who refuses to support the GOP healthcare bill

A White House-backed group is going after a Republican senator who refuses to support the GOP healthcare billLast Friday, the White House-backed group America First Policies revealed a seven-figure ad...

Colin Trevorrow reacts to 'heartbreaking' Book of Henry reviews: 'I do stand by the movie'

It’s been a bumpy few weeks to be a Star Wars director. A bit lost in the news of Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s departure from the Han Solo stand-alone film were the confused reviews for The Book of Henry, which was helmed by future Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow. Now, two weeks after the drama’s premiere, The Jurassic World veteran is opening up about the “heartbreaking” reaction.
“It’s a little heartbreaking, without getting too personal,” he said on The Empire Film Podcast. “And I think it’s just because it came to us as a bit of a shock, because we had screened this movie to so many people, and we’d had reactions from so many people that we felt we knew what we had and we knew how it was affecting the audience. And that actually hasn’t changed. It affects audiences in the same way that we thought it would. We did not anticipate that level of vitriolic dislike for the film. And in the end, do I want to be somebody who can please both audiences and critics? Absolutely. So is that hugely disappointing? It is. I do stand by the movie.”

Best ‘Harry Potter’ Book Plotlines and Scenes Left Out of the Movies

Exactly 20 years ago, J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” hit bookshelves, marking the birth of a massive franchise, both in literature and on the big screen. The films are lauded by fans by being largely faithful to Rowling’s beloved books, but there are a few key plotpoints that many wish had made... Read more »

Why Are 'Pro-Life' Republicans Pushing a Bill That Will Kill Tens of Thousands?

Here's a dark fact: Every single GOP senator who calls him or herself pro-life who votes for the Republican health care bill knowingly will be voting for legislation that will kill tens of thousands of Americans per year.Specifically, the Obamacare "repeal and replace" bill that's currently before the Senate could result in at least 26,500 additional dead Americans per year, accordingThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Why Are 'Pro-Life' Republicans Pushing a Bill That Will Kill Tens of Thousands?

Trump praises US-India relations after talks with Modi

Trade and security topped the agenda at the first direct talks between the US President and Indian PM.

Could this strategy bring high-speed communications to the deep sea?

A new strategy for sending acoustic waves through water could potentially open up the world of high-speed communications to divers, marine research vessels, remote ocean monitors, deep sea robots, and submarines. By taking advantage of the dynamic rotation generated as the acoustic wave travels, also known as its orbital angular momentum, researchers were able to pack more channels onto a single frequency, effectively increasing the amount of information capable of being transmitted.

Kelly Clarkson, Ben Stiller, and more stars sing Hamilton songs for Lin-Manuel Miranda's #Ham4All challenge

Hamilton scribe and star Lin-Manuel Miranda initiated an online challenge on Monday that has fans (including some famous ones) singing their favorite songs from the Broadway smash — and all for a great cause, of course.
Miranda, in partnership with Prizeo for Immigration Heritage Month, has challenged participants to sing a song from Hamilton, post it online with the hashtag #Ham4All, and donate to Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition. A $10 donation gets you the chance to win two VIP tickets to Hamilton’s opening night in Los Angeles on Aug. 16 (though, let’s be honest: most of the stars who have participated could probably snag VIP tickets on their own).

Fossil Hunters Drama ‘Remarkable Creatures’ Movie in the Works

Tracy Chevalier’s historical drama “Remarkable Creatures” is in development as a movie at Resonate Entertainment, a new production company formed by Susan Cartsonis, Suzanne Farwell, and Brent Emery, Variety has learned exclusively. “Tracy is a brilliant storyteller and tremendous talent,” Cartsonis said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring her into our Resonate family. We created... Read more »

Collapse of European ice sheet caused chaos in past

Scientists have reconstructed in detail the collapse of the Eurasian ice sheet at the end of the last ice age. The big melt wreaked havoc across the European continent, driving home the original Brexit 10,000 years ago.

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