Isn't Competition Supposed To Lower Rates?

from the oh,-right... dept

If you haven't been following what's been going on in Lafayette Louisiana, they've been having quite a technology battle. The local telco and cable company (BellSouth and Cox) have been spending millions of dollars fighting a proposed muni-fiber offering that the residents of the city voted for. The people of the city voted for it, even after push polls (designed to influence the vote, not accurately predict it) and silly threats from the incumbents. Ever since it was approved, however, the incumbents have been able to hold up the deployment by fighting it in court. Cox and BellSouth, of course, claim that such a muni network would represent unfair competition -- something they should know an awful lot about, since Cox was recently accused of anti-competitive practices in blocking out competitors in certain new housing developments. Apparently, from their point of view, "unfair competition" is just about any competition. Competition, of course, might force them to do something like offer more competitive rates -- something studies have shown isn't really happening yet. With that in mind, is it really any surprise to hear that Cox is now raising their cable rates in the city, even as they try to convince the courts that the muni-fiber network would be bad for the people of the city?

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    lil bit, 13 Jul 2006 @ 9:27pm

    Why re-invent the wheel?

    The concept of a Constitutional government like the US has - because, despite the last decade or two, it really is the best of what is an inherently evil entity called government - combined with proportionate representation like most of Europe - that could be pretty kick-ass succesfull.

    I disagree with the supposition that people are intelligent - most people are not, or rather, they are ignorant and choose to be. Please - if a soundbite can influence the vote, we aren't talking about the best and brightest. How tough can it be to see that running the country is complicated and sound bites oversimplify the issues?

    It really is all moot, anyway. Now that the Republicans have perfected and refined their methods of "legal" voting fraud, they will continue to steal elections and subvert the wishes of the people. Then, they will accuse the Democrats of being traitors, hating America and freedom, etc., etc. They have forfeited the right to call themselves patriots, imho, with their hypocrisy and anti-republican (in the old sense of the word) corruption.

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