GeekWire Podcast: Municipal broadband; capital gains tax; Amazon’s take on soccer super league

City of Anacortes Public Works Water Maintenance worker Joe Ferris installs fiber optic cables into Anacortes’ existing waterlines. (Photo courtesy of City of Anacortes)

Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week:

  • Washington state is poised to make a significant change in how its citizens gain access to the internet. Gov. Jay Inslee has indicated he’ll sign two pieces of legislation that, for the first time, will allow municipalities to set up their own direct-to-consumer broadband services. We discuss why this is a big deal and how it might work in one county.
  • Washington state legislators appear to be on track to pass a new capital gains tax for the state that would be collected on large sales of stocks, among other holdings. But tech industry leaders warn it might harm the startup scene. What’s behind the move and who might it help … and who might it hurt?
  • Amazon weighed in on a proposed European super league of soccer and said it didn’t like the idea. Did Amazon’s opposition help scuttle the plan?

Listen above, and subscribe in any podcast app.

With GeekWire’s John Cook and Mike Lewis. Produced by Curt Milton. Theme music by Daniel L.K. Caldwell.

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