Hey Cable Rep - Everyone knows this bill is sponsored by Time Warner Cable (your boss) and is just a means of stopping competition. The same federal and state rules apply to North Carolina's broadband providers, whether they are municipalities or private sector companies. 3 years ago, you guys successfully removed 30 years of North Carolina local government regulation of the cable industry so even on the video side, our state is completely deregulated. Wilson and Salisbury built fiber to the home systems after FIRST going to the private providers and asking if they would build the systems - Answer - NO and NO again. Now TWC and their brothers are worried they will have to upgrade their outdated networks because cities are building fiber. Asnwer - S1209. Important for you to know that municipal broadband providers are subject to all kinds of public accountability the private sector is not. Things like "sunshine laws" where the public can ask for any public document. I've heard TWC (not a citizen) has used that more than 20 times to get access to all its financials on the system - it's competitor system - and there is no such requirement for TWC to turn over ITS financials or future plans to Wilson. In the private marketplace, the economic system on which our country was founded, competition is the only "vote of the people" - you don't like it - you drop service and have some choice. Leave muni bbnd providers alone!
Hey Cable Rep - The cable industry does not care about North Carolina's consumers getting hit too often by rate increases. My cable rates have gone up every year since I moved to Cary - that's 8 years in a row now. You guys just care about profit. Municipal competition will cut into that and, (you fear) - force you to upgrade your antiquated infrastructure - (again - leading to less profit). This is all so transparent.
Indy Week • 302 E. Pettigrew St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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