Also in 2011, six Time Warner lobbyists persuaded the North
Carolina legislature to pass a “level playing field” bill making
it impossible for cities in that state to create their own
high-speed Internet access networks. Time Warner, which reported
$26 billion in revenue in 2010, donated more than $6.3 million to
North Carolina politicians over four years. Eighteen other states
have laws that make it extremely difficult or impossible for
cities to provide this service to their residents.
“Level playing field” — George Orwell must be proud.