Rio's Utility Faces A Live Wire Issue...As Privatization Starts Humming

In the Rio das Pedras slum, tangled wires crisscross from makeshift utility poles into thousands of ramshackle homes. The illegal hookups, resembling a web of multicolored linguini, provide Rio de Janeiro's favelas, as the slums are known, with electricity. Light, the city's energy utility, has usually looked the other way as its juice is stolen by the poor.

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