Amazon Supports Joe Biden’s Broadband Internet Plan | Game Rant
The Biden administration of the United States of America has discovered a surprising corporate ally in one of its major policy efforts, it seems. This past week the Biden administration announced an effort to include an expansion of broadband internet infrastructure within the larger American Jobs Plan currently being put together. Stepping forward in support of the initiative is online retailer Amazon, which in a public statement encouraged President Biden to make “bold investments” in infrastructure.
To be clear, Amazon isn’t solely endorsing the Biden administration’s broadband expansion efforts, but the American Jobs Plan infrastructure effort as a whole. Amazon’s statement encourages Democrats and Republicans to work together to make the American Jobs Plan happen. It also acknowledges that concessions will be made in order to pay for the American Jobs Plan, going so far as to encourage an increase in the corporate tax rate at the heart of the bill.
Amazon’s decision to be vocally supportive of the infrastructure bill is surprising to many. The company has been a frequent target for rhetorical attacks by Democrats throughout the past several election cycles. That’s due to Amazon frequently paying $0 in federal taxes, employing tax credits, deductions, and loopholes to pay any of its multi-billion-dollar income in taxes. Amazon is also in a war of rhetoric with the political left over the ongoing effort by certain Amazon workers trying to unionize. In other words, Amazon does not come across as politically aligned with Democrats in the US.
However, it’s also easy to see why Amazon would support the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan. The broadband expansion effort, in particular, would be attractive to the company. It could lead to more Americans than ever having access to the internet, as well as faster internet. All of Amazon’s online services would naturally benefit from such an effort.
There is strong corporate opposition to the Biden administration’s infrastructure efforts in other areas, however. Specifically, opposition from broadband service providers is increasingly loud. For example, AT&T has said current speeds of 50Mbps download and 10Mbps upload are good enough, while some US Senators are calling for a modern redefinition of broadband at 100/100 speeds baseline.
The Biden administration’s infrastructure efforts are still in the works, of course. Many of the efforts being made could be changed prior to a final bill being passed through Congress, through compromise or capitulation. Exactly how Biden’s broadband infrastructure efforts manifest remains to be clarified. Amazon clearly sees value in getting behind the effort regardless of the final details, but this likely isn’t the last that will be said on the matter.
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Source: Twitter, ArsTechnica
Published at Wed, 07 Apr 2021 18:53:25 +0000
Grand Theft Auto 5 Jumps to Top of Most-Viewed Games Streaming List
Grand Theft Auto 5 released eight years ago but is still one of the most popular games and best-selling games every month. Now, Grand Theft Auto 5 sits comfortably on the top of the most-viewed games streaming list.
The title’s longevity comes thanks to the game’s Grand Theft Auto Online mode, which lets players join lobbies of up to 30 players to rob stores, perform heists, buy cars and apartments, and get up to all sorts of crazy antics. The mode has been supported by steady updates from developer Rockstar Games that frequently add new activities for players to do as well as new items to buy and play around with.
Grand Theft Auto 5‘s recent uptick in popularity, however, comes from the explosion in popularity of the NoPixel role-playing server that has been dominating Twitch the past few weeks. The server is a fanmade made mod that lets players take on different roles that can interact with other players under a strictly enforced set of rules. The mode has been picked up by some of the largest Twitch streamers like xQc. Grand Theft Auto RP has recently even been given attention from celebrities like LeBron James and Travis Scott, cementing it as a bonafide gaming craze.
A new report from Stream Hatchet lists Grand Theft Auto 5 as having just over 536 million hours of watch-time across Twitch, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube in just the first quarter of 2021. This instance number puts it ahead of previous leader League of Legends and attributes 6% of the total time spent watching streams so far this year to the game. The numbers put Grand Theft Auto 5 comfortably in the lead with League of Legends trailing behind by 2 million hours and the third-place game, Fortnite, trailing behind first-place by 147 million hours.
Grand Theft Auto 5 taking the top spot is very impressive, especially with how far behind League of Legends every other game currently is. The popularity of the mod doesn’t come as much of a surprise, especially within the streaming community, but it is not clear just how long the popularity will last. With how large of a role the role-playing server has had on the game’s resurgence in popularity could lead to Rockstar Games considering find a way to integrate some similar features into the multiplayer of Grand Theft Auto 6, whenever that is released. Until then, it is great to see the roleplay server bringing such new life to a great game like Grand Theft Auto 5, and it will be interesting to see just where it goes from here.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is available now on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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Source: Stream Hatchet (via Dexerto)
Published at Wed, 07 Apr 2021 18:39:15 +0000