BellSouth Holding Call Center Hostage Over Muni Fiber

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With so many different muni-broadband battles going on, it’s difficult to follow them all, but some of them are just getting ridiculous. The effort in Louisiana to offer muni-backed fiber is getting plenty of attention, mainly for the effort BellSouth is going through to block it. Once again, if they only put so much effort into providing broadband, it wouldn’t be an issue at all. However, the latest, according to Broadband Reports is that BellSouth is holding a Cingular call center hostage — saying if the muni-fiber project moves forward, they’ll close down the call center, and pull 1,300 jobs out of Louisiana. This is getting petty. If there was true competition, this wouldn’t be an issue. BellSouth is acting childish because it wants to have a government protected monopoly.

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