Lobbying To Block Muni Broadband Is Just About Trash Talking?
from the just-a-little-jawboning dept
With all the talk about muni broadband and lobbying efforts to ban it, there was a very amusing exchange at a Senate hearing concerning all of the telecom mergers, where the CEOs of SBC and Verizone were asked about their expensive lobbying efforts to ban muni broadband. The two CEOs admit they do it, but say that "we can't stop anybody from putting in any technology that they put in." Oh no? Isn't that the whole point of lobbying for laws that ban muni broadband? To stop someone from putting in technology? Apparently the CEOs of the two biggest telcos don't think so. So what is it really about? "It gave us a chance to jawbone about it." Ah, to "jawbone" about it. Basically, it's just a little trash talking from the incumbent probiders who are upset (as they say) that these municipalities might compete "unfairly" with them by using their tax payer dollars to compete. However, those same companies don't seem to have any problem at all when that very same tax payer money goes straight to them in the form of reduced taxes to install broadband. Once again, if they stopped all of this
lobbying jawboning, and started actually deploying broadband that people wanted, this wouldn't even be an issue.