Fiber-Optic Illusion

Why Tom Ammiano's plans to create a city-owned broadband network are a boondoggle-in-the-making

Supervisor, neighborhood-group panderer, and government-fiber-in-the-sewers supporter Jake McGoldrick, meanwhile, was recently heard in committee leading the charge in trying to squeeze every last possible penny in cable license fees out of RCN. In exchange for a new permit, the company will pay the city $400,000 per year.

The contract went into effect just as the board decided to spend $300,000 studying the issue of providing a city-owned alternative to Comcast and SBC.

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