monopolies

What alternative do I have to get internet in my building?

AT&T UVerse

Episode 1615

Jason from Newport Beach, CA

Jason lives in a building and is stuck with AT&T UVerse for internet access because it has a deal with the building. Leo says that they made an exclusivity deal that honestly, is unethical. But it isn't illegal and is probably mentioned in your signed lease agreement. Leo suggests going to the California Public Utilities Commission and complain. You may also want to contact the City of Newport Beach.

One way around it is to use your mobile device in hotspot mode and avoid it altogether.

Why are cities levying extra taxes on Internet access?

Tax

Episode 1068

Mike from El Segundo, CA

Mike says that city governments are levying extra taxes disguised as internet modernization efforts, when in reality, they're using it for other purposes. Leo says that TWiT isn't a political show, but users should always pay attention to what goes on in their home towns. All politics is local. A greater impact is the monopoly on internet access that companies have, and we've seen that in the recent net neutrality issue resulting in Netflix having to pay.