'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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    Anonymous Coward, 13 May 2011 @ 5:41am

    I think it's funny to hear people who have never worked in a particular industry try to pick apart the motives of someone who does. I worked in the say tv industry as an installer for several years. Job availability in that field is about as close to zero sum as you can get. When people from our company were laid off because of decreasing demand, 4 of the 5 went to work for the competition. When another competitor fired a few people, we were hiring and they came to us. Having worked for the government in the past, as well, I was praying for muni wifi in my area. I would have jumped ship to a government job in a second. Now that I don't work in that field, I have to say that I disagree with the idea of muni wifi. I think it's the wrong solution to the problem of lack of competition. I think that anything that can be handled by private companies, should be. The government is just far too wasteful. It may SEEM like you're getting service cheaper (or free) but I guarantee you that in the end you are paying a lot more for the service through increased taxes. The real solution would be to open up the entire industry to real competition. Without competition the industry has no reason to innovate. Look at how long the telecommunications industry sat on DSL technology. They had it for years, but didn't choose to implement it until after the cable companies started to offer high speed internet. Imagine the innovations we would have if we actually had real competition in the space.

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