Paypal Cancelled Hiring Hundreds of Staff in North Carolina Over New Law

When you vote in a new law, you should be careful just how much it will impact people. PayPal is well aware of this and in light of a new law in North Carolina, PayPal has cancelled the hiring of 400 people in protest a law that has just been passed in the state.

The new law was passed a few weeks ago and saw it discriminate against transgender people, forcing them to follow their “biological sex”. The new bill doesn’t stop there though with it stating that any local laws concerning employee rights and nondiscrimination practises are superseded by the state law alongside the fact that people cannot bring “any civil action” against the state for their new actions and that it is not considered discrimination to limit someone to a bathroom based on their biological sex.

While this law has caught the anger of many people and now PayPal has said enough is enough. CEO Dan Shulman says in a statement from the company that:

“The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture.  As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte.”

Not only does Shulman go on to say “everyone deserves to live without fear of discrimination simply for being who they are, becoming an employer in North Carolina, where members of our teams will not have equal rights under the law, is simply untenable”. Furthermore, Shulman states that not only will they now seek a new location for their office but they will “remain committed to working with the LGBT community in North Carolina to overturn this discriminatory legislation”.

PayPal is just one of many companies and even governments and agencies that are taking part in the action to get this law overturned, something that should never have been allowed through in the first place for many. With a large company like PayPal taking action like this and the new law getting the attention of the white house, we can only hope that the law is overturned as soon as possible.

US City-Run ISP Boasts 10GBps Internet

An ISP run by the city of Salisbury in North Carolina, USA has announced that it is bringing speeds of up to 10GBps to local residents and businesses. The municipal service, Fibrant, was created five years ago after the city was unable to persuade private ISPs to upgrade its fibre network. Gigabit speeds have been available to Salisbury’s citizens and businesses since last year for $105 a month, while its 50MBps symmetrical service costs only $45 a month.

Though Fibrant is targeting its 10GBps package at businesses, it is “available in every premises in the city,” including residential houses, though it does not expect much interest from home internet users. The most prohibitive aspect of using 10GBps at home is the cost, with Fibrant expect to charge $400 a month for the service.

“We don’t want to oversell customers and have you paying for a 10Gbps service when you’re using 100Mbps,” Robert Van Geons, head of the county’s economic development commission, said.

“To be honest with you, we’re not anticipating residents taking 10Gbps service,” Kent Winrich, Fibrant Director of Broadband and Infrastructure, added. “The reason for 10 gig is economic development… This is really geared toward attracting businesses that need this type of bandwidth and have it anywhere they want in the city.”

Even if residents don’t use the 10GBps service, the network upgrades that Fibrant has implemented will benefit all of its users, insists Winrich. “You go to many cities at 9 o’clock at night and you see your bandwidth drop,” he said. “We’ve got so much headroom now that at 9 o’clock when everyone’s hitting Netflix, it’ll come right through and we won’t have any choke points.”

Thank you Ars Technica for providing us with this information.