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Weird about Wednesday

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THE start of school, or la rentrée, when French schoolchildren file back into the classroom after the long summer break, was more disruptive than usual this year....
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WATCH: The Hidden Cost Of Bangladesh's Garment Industry

WATCH: The Hidden Cost Of Bangladesh's Garment Industry | GraingerGlobal | Scoop.it
Retailers, labor unions and government organizations started talks in Geneva last week to discuss compensation for the victims of two recent factory accidents in Bangladesh.

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Catalonia's Independence From Spain May Be Closer Than Ever

Catalonia's Independence From Spain May Be Closer Than Ever | GraingerGlobal | Scoop.it

1.6 million Catalans took part last week in a 400-kilometer human chain amid demonstrations calling for independence from Spain, which covered the country's northeastern region from north to south.


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Factory workers locked in on shifts

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Workers making clothes for the supermarket Lidl in Bangladesh have been secretly filmed being forced to work 19-hour shifts.
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What Europe can teach us about keeping the Internet open and free | Washington Post

What Europe can teach us about keeping the Internet open and free | Washington Post | GraingerGlobal | Scoop.it

In a Washington Federal courtroom earlier this month, Verizon squared off against the Federal Communications Commission. At issue was the concept of net neutrality — the notion that all Internet traffic, no matter where it's going or who it came from, should be treated the same. Internet service providers say the rule makes it hard to manage network load at peak hours. Supporters say that if the FCC's net neutrality rule is overturned, it could harm competition and consumer choice online, as companies who cut deals with incumbent broadband providers gain a leg up over those who can't afford to pay their fees.

 

If American policymakers had made different choices a decade ago, we might have avoided this fight altogether. If the market for ISPs was a little more competitive, consumers would have more choice and broadband providers would have less power to pick winners in the Internet economy.

 

The question is, what would a more competitive broadband market look like?

 

One way to find out is to look at what other countries have done. Experts point to Europe, where nations have committed themselves to something called local loop unbundling. That's a fancy term for when major network operators are required to share the infrastructure they built with other service providers.

 

In France, unbundling dropped the costs of starting a new ISP to attractive levels. Start-ups didn't have to worry about laying their own cables; they just piggybacked off the existing ones. As the market flourished with more ISPs, according to the New America Foundation's Danielle Kehl, some of those providers even began building their own Internet infrastructure that could compete with the big carriers. As a result, a 100 megabit-per-second, triple-play bundle now costs around $35 — which is 17 times as fast and roughly half as expensive as the most cost-effective Internet plan in the United States.

 

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Real Madrid Makes Its Intentions Known - New York Times

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New York Times Real Madrid Makes Its Intentions Known New York Times LONDON — When you play in the Champions League and both the history of your club and the size of your salary exceed those of every other competitor in the game, you need to put on...
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