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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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Jul 2006 @ 4:26pm

    Re: suck my

    cox sucks. here in tucson we have either cox or comcast. but neither of them in the same part of the city. we have no competition. if you don't like them, you have to move to another part of town. and most of the packages they say they offer on tv, when you call, "oh, that service isn't available in your area" what the f! you advertised it... and tucson may be no L.A. but there's a million residents. it's not like it's the freakin stix. they just suck cox.

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