'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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    Michial Thompson, 13 May 2011 @ 5:29am

    Not sure what to say

    I started off reading this article thinking it was just another little mikee slant, and in some ways it was until the last paragraph.

    First off it doesn't matter who you work for, you have a right to speak out against anything you feel is wrong in your community. And his defense for not telling who he worked for should have been simply "Why does it matter, I am a part of the community and this is what I believe, and my employer has no relevance."

    But then for that to be valid the moron needed to be a part of the community that he was trying to change.... But then honestly considering his actions he may soon find himself a member of a new community, one of unemployed individuals.

    If his actions were not sanctioned by Time Warner then they have no other recourse than to at least discipline him, if not fire him. If his actions WERE sanctioned by them, then I am sure that right about now they are negotiating a severance package that includes a pretty strict non disclosure clause.
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    I think personally I would be concerned about having broadband control in the hands of any government agency though. In fact I would go so far as to say that I would be concerned about ANY form of communications being in control of a Government Agency.

    Every day we see the 4th Amendment made less and less relevant by the rulings of the judges who are supposed to be the final stance in the protection of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But at least with control communications mediums in the hands of Corporate America or in the hands of a private citizen there is a chance (however small) that we might find out about violations of our rights. With control of the communications in the Governments hands they are essentially free to do anything they want with the infrastructure that they own.

    Not saying that ALL government employees are corrupt, but all it would take is a few individuals in the right places that were corrupt to take serious advantage of government controlled communications infrastructures. And the sad part it wouldn't even need to be high level polititians in the case of an internet infrastructure, especially at a community level.

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