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1 Skip Intro  Feb 26, 2015 10:17:12am

Guess which way the Republicans on the commission voted. Anti-competition, both of them, as expected.

2 No Country For Old Haters  Feb 26, 2015 10:19:42am

re: #1 Skip Intro

Guess which way the Republicans on the commission voted. Anti-competition, both of them, as expected.

Of course. Republicans will always vote to line the pockets of wealthy, established business-people.

3 piratedan  Feb 26, 2015 11:16:14am

well how dare these upstart communities serve their own constituents needs without somebody making a profit over it?

4 calochortus  Feb 26, 2015 12:50:47pm

We are very, very lucky to be in a spot where we can get service from a small local provider (requires a certain line of sight.) It has its limitations, but our only other option is Comcast, which most of our neighbors are stuck with. The lack of competition lets Comcast do whatever the hell they want and I’m glad we don’t have to put up with them.

I’d love to see more competition everywhere.

5 nines09  Feb 26, 2015 2:11:53pm

I thought Republicans loved competition. Oh, that’s right. Only if the competition can be crushed or bought up.

6 Skip Intro  Feb 26, 2015 3:37:08pm

re: #5 nines09

I thought Republicans loved competition. Oh, that’s right. Only if the competition can be crushed or bought up.

Good competition to Republicans in when WalMart comes to town and drives everybody else out of business.

7 CarolJ  Feb 26, 2015 4:41:54pm

Great day for the consumer all around. Monopolies are bad and have screwed the customer, especially customers who really don’t have the money but need the service anyway.

The irony to me is that many of these locations the biggies don’t want to provide service to because they are too small. Comcast doesn’t really want to wire these places-but they want the leverage anyway to force higher prices on the remaining customers.

The same would be in larger towns that would have big carrier service, but would rather keep low-income customers in constant debt. A municipal service would provide internet service to the neediest without creating a lot of debt (personal experience).

8 majii  Feb 26, 2015 5:33:10pm

I can well imagine that when TN and NC lawmakers passed these laws to protect ISPs from local competition that they justified their competition- killing votes by talking about how they would preserve citizens’ “freedom.” These corporate shills know that if they cast their pro-corporate votes as having something to do with protecting citizens’ freedom from ___, most citizens will actually believe them.

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