SacTown Talks

#42 - Mark Rosso

Episode Summary

Mark Rosso a local grassroots organizer advocating for municipal broadband in Sacramento. The idea is that the city would provide broadband to residents on a not-for-profit basis. Private companies could still offer broadband but would have to actually compete for clients, unlike the current situation where all-too many areas have only one broadband provider. Rosso is also a staffer in the California State Assembly. He has worked on utilities and parks issues statewide including Proposition 68. Locally, Mark has worked on securing funds for the Del Rio Trail as well as recently rallying support for the creation of a park at Sutter's Landing. We talk about municipal broadband and politics generally.

Episode Notes

Mark Rosso a local grassroots organizer advocating for municipal broadband in Sacramento. The idea is that the city would provide broadband to residents on a not-for-profit basis. Private companies could still offer broadband but would have to actually compete for clients, unlike the current situation where all-too many areas have only one broadband provider.

Rosso is also a staffer in the California State Assembly. He has worked on utilities and parks issues statewide including Proposition 68.

Locally, Mark has worked on securing funds for the Del Rio Trail as well as recently rallying support for the creation of a park at Sutter's Landing.

We talk about municipal broadband and politics generally.

Shownotes

Intro

1:15 - Municipal Broadband in Sacramento

4:12 - Trying to return Comcast equipment

6:01 - Chattanooga has Municipal broadband - they pay less and get better service. Could SMUD do the same?

15:30 - Immigration and the Italian-American experience

30:48 - Oscar - you are in our hearts.

36:51 - The frustrations of attempting to start a business

45:43 - Why higher education is so expensive.
50:14 - The CSUS WELL is a lavish, runaway cost. Get rid of the frills

1:08:09 - Municipal Broadband in Santa Clarita. The hybrid model.

1:12:34 - Trust in government

1:27:08 - Rent control

1:31:12 - The recession in Tahoe - the billionaires were buying out the millionaires

1:38:10 - Issues are brought up in legislation for the sole purpose of keeping a lobbyists job

1:44:30 - America was an apartheid stat ein the 1950's

1:49:30 - Fake news - who is keeping the media accountable?

1:55:19 - Hillary Clinton

1:57:10 - Will Rosso run?