Here’s a blast from the past–five years ago Senator Wyden was already demonstrating his fealty to Google, Amazon, Facebook and Rackspace–all members of the Internet Association.
In case you were wondering what the deal is with Palo Alto High School alumnus and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s interest in Big Tech, maybe it’s this: Amazon, Rackspace, Facebook and of course Google, all have built massive data centers in Oregon that suck down Oregon’s hydroelectric power.
Yes, according to The Oregonian:
Data centers have become one of Oregon’s biggest industries, with Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon spending billions of dollars to buy and equip online storage facilities in rural parts of the state. They’re lured primarily by tax savings, which can shave tens of millions of dollars from a server farm’s annual operating cost.
Good thing these Gang of Four members are all supporting the local tax base. Oopsie! Wrong!
Earlier this week, The Dalles city council and Wasco County commissioners voted to approve a package of “enterprise zone” tax breaks that exempts Google’s buildings and…
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Ron Wyden famously(?) sponsored the Internet Radio Fairness Act which was an attempt back in 2007 to roll back Pandora’s rates as well as other webcasters by nearly 80% as I remember.
He has never been a friend to creators.
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