Community Gigabit Expansion in Tennessee Killed by Comcast, AT&T

Community Gigabit Expansion in Tennessee Killed by Comcast, AT&T

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A city-run electric utility in Tennessee attempted to offer customers competitively-priced gigabit internet service; however, a horde of 27 lobbyists with Comcast and AT&T stepped in to kill the project. The utility's plans were dashed when legislation that would have loosened Tennessee's broadband regulations died following a 5-3 vote.

Rep. Kevin Brooks' legislation would have simply allowed utilities to expand their broadband service areas into surrounding communities to which they don't provide electricity. Unfortunately, Comcast and AT&T had the final say.

Said Rep. Brooks: "It's a testament to the power of lobbying against this bill and not listening to our electorate. We have thousands of petitions that were signed."

"The voice of the people today was not heard."

Making matters more difficult to swallow for the people of Tennessee who wanted expanded gigabit options is the fact that one of the politicians who shot down the legislation is a former exec at AT&T, Rep. Patsy Hazlewood.

Source: DSL Reports
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I 'unno 'bout the rest of you, but I love me some good ol' fashioned monopolies. And I especially like getting rammed up the rear by the wonderful incarnation of sunshine and leprechaun orgies at the end of rainbows, also known as our dear Comcast. Also, I live in Tennessee - land of the sunburned elbows sticking out of pickup truck windows, tween cashiers that cannot make change for 5 dollars without a computer, and Asian markets that will get you shot if you walk within 100 yards of their locations.

So this is definitely a win-win-win for me.

I really loathe Comcast as a company. In fact, most telecom companies in general.

The only reason everyone is eager for google fiber is because our existing options for broadband are such douchbags.

Fucking Scumbags.

GarouxBloodline:
I 'unno 'bout the rest of you, but I love me some good ol' fashioned monopolies. And I especially like getting rammed up the rear by the wonderful incarnation of sunshine and leprechaun orgies at the end of rainbows, also known as our dear Comcast. Also, I live in Tennessee - land of the sunburned elbows sticking out of pickup truck windows, tween cashiers that cannot make change for 5 dollars without a computer, and Asian markets that will get you shot if you walk within 100 yards of their locations.

So this is definitely a win-win-win for me.

I live in Memphis and people are getting shot on the interstate, what a fun state we live in.

As for the article, of course they shut it down. They are scared shitless by Chattanooga and don't want the rest of the state to get any bright ideas.

Can someone explain how this isn't illegal? Surely this is the exact bullshit that anti-monopoly laws are supposed to combat. So much for the free market.

Coach Morrison:

I live in Memphis and people are getting shot on the interstate, what a fun state we live in.

Surely it's the violent videogames that are to blame for that. If anything, those telecoms companies are doing everyone a service by denying cheap and fast broadband access to all those videogame-downloading, online-playing maniacs.

I thought gigabyte access was critical for businesses to remain competitive et reactive.
Isn't it a sufficient excuse to hang optic fibers between every cactuses?

As usual with republicans, they only promote free market when their own market isn't threaten.

Weresquirrel:
Can someone explain how this isn't illegal? Surely this is the exact bullshit that anti-monopoly laws are supposed to combat. So much for the free market.

But, having the government meddle in the affair of businesses is socialist and communist, that's bad, mkay? This is 'Murca we are talking about here, home of capitalism and the free market! *runs off shooting guns in the air*

Weresquirrel:
Can someone explain how this isn't illegal? Surely this is the exact bullshit that anti-monopoly laws are supposed to combat. So much for the free market.

Because my country's government was bought out by corporate special interests long ago, to the point where the two are practically one in the same.

Wow. And I've spent all this time thinking Beardy Branson was a wanker. I mean he is, and is a wanker in more industries, but at least he isn't actively preventing advancements in infrastructure.

Coach Morrison:

I live in Memphis and people are getting shot on the interstate, what a fun state we live in.

The rest of the state pretends Memphis doesn't exist. "Pay no attention to the cesspool in the southwest corner... we don't know who they are."

Damn America, you have no freeeeeeedom!

GarouxBloodline:
I 'unno 'bout the rest of you, but I love me some good ol' fashioned monopolies. And I especially like getting rammed up the rear by the wonderful incarnation of sunshine and leprechaun orgies at the end of rainbows, also known as our dear Comcast. Also, I live in Tennessee - land of the sunburned elbows sticking out of pickup truck windows, tween cashiers that cannot make change for 5 dollars without a computer, and Asian markets that will get you shot if you walk within 100 yards of their locations.

So this is definitely a win-win-win for me.

Now, now, let's not use the "M" word here. There's no need for such crass language. This is an oligopoly and it's perfectly legal. After all, what's wrong with companies working together to control the market by stifling new growth and raising barriers to entry for start-ups. [/sarcasm]

And this is what's wrong with corporatism friends. Just two steps to the right of capitalism and things start going to the shitter.

dirtysteve:
Damn America, you have no freeeeeeedom!

Well I can at least walk around my neighborhood pointing a loaded gun in the air. Comcast can't take that away from me.

THANK YOU, GOP!
THANK YOU, SCALIA!
Thank you, spineless American people.

I think it's time for a vote of no confidence.
I think it's time to bring these politicians to their knees.

bluegate:

Weresquirrel:
Can someone explain how this isn't illegal? Surely this is the exact bullshit that anti-monopoly laws are supposed to combat. So much for the free market.

But, having the government meddle in the affair of businesses is socialist and communist, that's bad, mkay? This is 'Murca we are talking about here, home of capitalism and the free market! *runs off shooting guns in the air*

This is exactly the result of government interference in the affair of businesses. If there was already no law restricting the spread of the networks then Rep. Kevin Brooks' legislation would have been unnecessary. As it is Comcast and AT&T used the law to keep their stranglehold on the area. Government hasn't limited the monopoly's power, the government has encouraged and protected the monopoly.

Hey, now, it's not a monopoly.

It's a Cartel system. Totally different thing. Still illegal, but on the other hand, there's no law saying Comcast and Time-Warner and the other big companies have to try to compete in the same areas either.

And entirely coincidently, they offer similar services at a similar price point without making too many waves in each other's territory while simultaneously trying to throw as many legal hurdles at smaller upstarts that also don't hurt the big players. Completely coincidently.

Time to stop calling these SOBs lobbyists and start calling them for what they are: corrupters.

Couldn't they just do it anyway and tell Comcast and AT&T to fuck off?

The more I learn about America, the more I wonder how you all cope!

I always take what I read with a little pinch of salt, everybody is trying to push their agenda and use the best examples to support their argument but some of the shit I've watched, it beggars belief! I watch one video about how the government pays for stadiums, not the business! The Jacksonville Jaguars NFL stadium has swimming pools you can watch the game from and Marlins Park has fish tanks around the stadium that you paid for!

Then you have the documentary on youtube called "the high cost of low prices" that is about wal mart getting loans and tax breaks, all the while putting local business out of business!

It's like every facet of government is corrupt to the core! Like this example, "the fact that one of the politicians who shot down the legislation is a former exec at AT&T, Rep. Patsy Hazlewood." WHAT THE FUCK! I watched a John Oliver video where he showed another video where a guy excused himself from a bench 'cos he had stock in a plastic company and the room was about to talk about an issue that involved all plastic companies ... the judge said "there is no bias"! The hearing could make him money or lose him money and he has no bias!?

If the government is meant to represent the people and the people wanted this but it was shot down, at what point does the second ammendment come into effect beyond "I haz gunz!"? 'cos that sounds pretty tyrannical to me!

I'll get off of my soap box now

I'm looking through the original story here: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2016/mar/15/house-committee-kills-compromise-epb-broadband-expansion-underserved-areas-hamilton-bradley-counties/355438/

But I can't find an exact list of representatives who supported shooting this down. Oh well. I don't live in Tennessee so I can't do anything about it as a voter. If anyone does though, I HIGHLY encourage making a list of the representatives who shot this down and making it very public.

Bat Vader:
Couldn't they just do it anyway and tell Comcast and AT&T to fuck off?

This,

What's stopping them from laying their own fiber or cables?

x EvilErmine x:

Bat Vader:
Couldn't they just do it anyway and tell Comcast and AT&T to fuck off?

This,

What's stopping them from laying their own fiber or cables?

The inability to allocate funds to lay fiber, infrastructure, and management of it all. Unless you get a benevolent billionare to donate the money.

dirtysteve:
Damn America, you have no freeeeeeedom!

HEY!! Take that back. They are all about freedom. You know, for the big guys. The little guys can fuck right off. Rich pay less, everyone else pay more and more.

Money. Bitch.

'Murica!!

I am now going to read every thing in the thread in a that smooth southern gentleman's voice. Like the rooster from Looney Tunes or Cartman when he tries to buy those "student aaathoooooleeets" but wooooooooooooooow this lobbying shit will never stop, will it?

Nurb:

x EvilErmine x:

Bat Vader:
Couldn't they just do it anyway and tell Comcast and AT&T to fuck off?

This,

What's stopping them from laying their own fiber or cables?

The inability to allocate funds to lay fiber, infrastructure, and management of it all. Unless you get a benevolent billionare to donate the money.

Wouldn't this be something Bill Gates would be interested in? Man has more money than he knows what to do with, you think improving America's computer network infastructure would be right up his street!

I was hoping to come in on Monday to find this article updated where the news of the scandal escalated to some kind of public outrage.

What a wonderful world we live in...corporate interests backed up by big government preventing progress...fuck you comcast, whatever happened to the free market and "voice of the people"? Oh wait I forgot, government lobbyists are a thing that exist...thousands of people want something? Nah, government needs to ok it with its corporate buddies first

And in return Comcast should be shut down and lobbyists put to jail for bribery of government officials.

Weresquirrel:
Can someone explain how this isn't illegal? Surely this is the exact bullshit that anti-monopoly laws are supposed to combat. So much for the free market.

because bribery, or as the americans like to call it "lobbying" is legal in united states. You can buy any law you want provided you pay enough. see: Mickey Mouse law.

Hero in a half shell:

Wouldn't this be something Bill Gates would be interested in? Man has more money than he knows what to do with, you think improving America's computer network infastructure would be right up his street!

he seems to be more interested in sending food and medicine to africa nowadays.

 

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