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Away From Home

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Kwitcherbeliakin

This would be laughable, except it's true:

A Texas Congressman has introduced a bill that impose a nationwide prohibition on municipally-sponsored networks.

Dubbed by the Author, Representative Pet Sessions (R-Texas), the Preserving Innovation in Telecom Act of 2005, the bill prohibits state and local governments from providing any telecommunications or information service that is "substantially similar" to services provided by private companies.

The bill, HR 2726, is similar to a host of state bills pushed by telecommunications companies aimed at fending off municipally-run wireless networks. Some of those bills, most recently one in Texas, have been stalled in state legislatures.

The telecommunications operators say that such networks represent unfair competition while municipalities claim that the services are needed to promote business and close the gap between digital haves and have-nots.

According to Sessions' on-line biography, he is a former employee of Southwestern Bell and Bell Labs.


Basically, the existing providers are mad that the cities are getting involved in their turf. You know what? Last time I checked, increased competition was a good thing.

Companies such as these have no problem competing amongst themselves; and if one gets put out of business, "well, that's just capitalism."

What goes around comes around.

3 Comments:

  • No kidding. I think the municipality run stations are a good thing!

    By Blogger Mela, at 6/12/2005 01:47:00 AM  

  • Hi, Scott,

    Unfortunately, these corps don't really care about competition; it's all just propaganda. They just care about profits. How do you get competition when many of the stations are owned by branches of the same giant conglomerate?

    These are the same sleazebags who are trying to undermine NPR/PBS and discredit anything that vaguely looks like independent journalism, and similar bills have been proposed to eliminate municipal power companies and just about any other publicly-owned service.

    It will only end when we get fed up and start locking these people up for bribery.

    http://chiliasmchronicles.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Jay Denari, at 6/13/2005 07:31:00 PM  

  • I think you misinterpreted me. Corporations don't want competition at all. After all, the end result of capitalism is monopoly.

    Public policy wants competition. It's a way to keep the market in check. Without competition, we'll have one major player in every market sector, and we saw how well that worked with the oil and steel magnates, didn't we?

    By Blogger Scott, at 6/13/2005 07:46:00 PM  

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