'Concerned Citizen' Critic Of Muni Cable System Now Admits He Works For Time Warner Cable

from the well,-look-at-that... dept

The big broadband providers have long been fighting local community/muni broadband efforts, passing laws and making ridiculous claims about those efforts. The real point is that these service providers don't want competition and want to charge monopoly prices. While I have my concerns about how effectively some community broadband projects can work, the attempts to legally block them go way overboard -- especially in North Carolina. Karl Bode now points our attention to the news that one very vocal "concerned citizen" critic of just such a community cable effort in NC has now admitted he works for Time Warner Cable, the monopoly cable provider in the area, though he never disclosed this when criticizing the community effort, and, in fact denied working for the company when asked about it:
Andy Stevens of Troutman has spoken out against the towns’ 2007 cable purchase, posted comments on this and other local websites and started an anti-MI-Connection blog. He has described himself as a concerned citizen and an opponent of government ownership of government involvement in telecommunications. When reporters and local officials have questioned him about his employment, he has repeatedly denied working for the company.

But in an email to DavidsonNews.net on Friday, Mr. Stevens acknowledged he works for Time Warner Cable as an installer. His admission followed an encounter with MI-Connection’s general manager, who spotted Mr. Stevens at a local shopping center wearing a Time Warner Cable uniform and driving a Time Warner Cable truck.
Not only that, but it turns out he doesn't even live in the service area of the community broadband effort. When confronted with all of this Stevens apparently claimed that he "separates" his employment from his criticisms. I guess that must be why he denied working for the company when he did.

Filed Under: broadband, north carolina
Companies: time warner cable

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    Spaceboy (profile), 13 May 2011 @ 6:46am

    Re: taking food out of his kids mouths

    Are you trying to be funny by listing potential examples or are you saying I am making my comment up?

    At the time I worked for Creative Labs, the tradeshow in particular was Internet World or PC Expo, around 2000 - 2001 or thereabouts. The pod in question had 6 computers inside with monitors on the outside. I was running the cables from the monitors to the PCs and knew which cables went where. None of them were marked. I was halfway through the job when the guy rolled in and started acting crazy and said I was taking food away from him. I had to go back and redo the connections he made because he didn't know which cables went where. I route my cables and he screwed the job up.

    I have also been threatened by union workers in Las Vegas. Comdex, before it crashed, when CRT monitors were still being used. The booth in question was massive, like 100' X 300' or something similar. When the crates come in they just get dumped wherever there is space, so we have to haul the stuff through the booth usually. I was carrying a monitor box from one end of the booth to the other and walked past a few union guys setting up a stage, and one of them said "You're gonna get yourself hurt by carrying those boxes." Not "you will hurt yourself" or "you will hurt your back", but "You're gonna get yourself hurt". At the time, and probably still true today, any boxes that are moved in these convention centers require 2 people. It doesn't matter how small the box is.

    I have lots more tradeshow/union dirt than that.

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