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So yeah. Couple of days ago I glanced at an OpEd headline at Irish Times or RTE (I forget; distinction without difference?) demanding to know what the EU will demand from IE in exchange for cooperation.

Yes, I did not read it. The premise alone being as preposterous as it is a comical testament to the parochial affectation pronounced, "The Brexit Veto: How and why Ireland raised the stakes" (Nov 2017).

One would hope the writer launched this polemic with a survey of the IE/NE corp tax competition to defeat EU public equity, but I will settle for a "nuanced" demonstation of quid pro EU.
EU approves state aid for Government's National Broadband Plan
I will provisionally label this prerogative "enlargement" of the wee nation-state.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 15th, 2019 at 07:40:25 PM EST
Labour's free broadband plan fires up the election battle, not really
Duly noting paradoxical Guardian "data visualization":

I devoted an inordinate amount of time at LBS compiling ICT (US-Eng. ITC) data (commercial, public, and residential use cases, hardware investment, TLD network build, M&A, ISV investment) buried in ONS, OFCOM, OECD, and NBER papers at the turn of the century--dotcom crash and recovery.

The Satellite and Cable Directive

The Directive 93/83/EEC, concerning the harmonization of copyright laws in the particular fields of satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission has been in force since 1st January 1995. The aim is to facilitate the cross border transmission of audiovisual programmes, particularly broadcasting via satellite and retransmission by cable.
Digital Agenda for Europe
Since the opening up of the telecommunications market to full competition [deregulation of national telecoms] on 1 January 1998 and the beginning of its implementation, the Digital Single Market Strategy has delivered the main legislative proposals set out in it as priorities. ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 16th, 2019 at 07:24:04 PM EST
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Labour policy unpopular with people who already have excellent broadband.

People who have no broadband are just too hard to sample, so why bother ?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 16th, 2019 at 08:18:59 PM EST
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That's one way to look at "money on the table" in rural constituencies --"fly-over," ex-urbs, or "metropolitan statistical areas" generously mapped by USDA grantors, for example. Quite a bit of fed money in the late '90s, early aughts--in a push to match EU initiative-- was earmarked for new and incumbent broadband operators that failed to deliver well into Obama's admin.  

DUP secured money will revolutionise broadband - Buchanan
comical, no?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 16th, 2019 at 10:02:49 PM EST
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When I arrived in London, 2001, I was astonished by NTL service and price. NYC! was barely wired. T-1 for commercial accounts, dial-up modem for households, Comcast or Time-Warner cable telly only. US odious was only beginning to figure out how to divvy up AT&T's backbone.

(Incidentally, Buddy Ebbers applied for parole recently. BWAH!)

So it is with some amusement I observed "democratization" by innerboob casting aspersions at the ahh union of "deregulation" and "nationalization".

Editor's Viewpoint: Election dogfight at risk of alienating us

Allegations of electoral fraud add to the disillusionment. They simply feed into the democratic deficit and tell voters their wishes don't count when parties see an advantage in ignoring them. Voters are entitled to have the widest possible choice when it comes to an election and not to be told they should take sides in a two-cornered dogfight.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 16th, 2019 at 10:40:59 PM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 12:17:28 PM EST
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Broadband launch turned into nakedly political by-election stunt - Martin
That's new. egregious. unprecedented. inconceivable.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 20th, 2019 at 05:54:06 PM EST
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