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Hawkins to Call for State Take Over of Spectrum for Public Broadband Utility

Hawkins to Call for State Take Over of Spectrum for Public Broadband Utility

For immediate release: August 1, 2018

Notice of News Conference

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018
Location: In front of Spectrum, old New York Central Station, 815 Erie Blvd East, Syracuse
Time: 11:00 AM
Who: Howie Hawkins for Governor

Hawkins to Call for State Take Over of Spectrum for Public Broadband Utility

With state regulators demanding that Charter sell Spectrum, Howie Hawkins, the Green candidate for New York governor, will call for New York State itself to take over Spectrum for its own public broadband utility.

Hawkins will discuss how a public broadband utility will lower costs, improve service, and protect net neutrality and privacy protections that federal regulators recently eliminated.

He will also discuss how cities like Syracuse, whose franchise with Spectrum expired 11 years ago in 2007, now have a good case in light of the Public Service Commission’s recent action against Spectrum for just cause to take over the Spectrum franchise municipally without waiting for a state takeover.

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