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philnotfil
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Because competition is bad, and stuff.

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A senior congressional Republican this week introduced legislation that would bar the federal government from using its powers to help community-owned Internet service providers compete with private telecommunications companies.

The move comes just as a Chattanooga-based, community-owned Internet provider that delivers some of the fastest connections in the nation, EPB, is girding for an expansion plan that would take on major telecommunications firms far beyond its home region.

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Blackburn’s top campaign donors include private telecommunications firms that do not want to have to compete with publicly owned ISPs. Her state is home to EPB, a taxpayer-owned power company in Chattanooga that also provides local residents some of the fastest Internet speeds in the world at market-competitive rates. EPB is now aiming to expand its services beyond Chattanooga.
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If passed by Congress, Blackburn’s amendment could effectively strip the FCC of its preemption power, at least for the year that the underlying annual appropriations measure is in force. That would halt EPB’s expansion proposal, and send a larger message to other community-owned utilities that they may not get federal relief from state statutes.

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Is she objecting to true competition or crony capitalism?
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How do you think cronyism applies here, Seneca?
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The communication companies in this country have done everything possible to destroy competition. We pay more for less in the US. The cable companies literally have monopolies on both cable and internet in many areas because of this type of protectionism.
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No worries, though, because they have a man at the head of the FCC.

Oh wait.

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The government needs to stop granting communication monopolies at all levels as well as get out of the communication business.
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Originally posted by Seneca:
Is she objecting to true competition or crony capitalism?

She is crony capitalism.
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So not wanting the government to subsidize its own favorite company to compete against other private companies is crony capitalism?

I think you have that backwards...

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Seneca- You obviously didn't read the article. See the last paragraph. They are not being subsidized. They are generating revenue AND providing a better product.

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Earlier this year, EPB executives told the Washington Post that their telecom services have become “a great profit center” -- an assertion that appears to be confirmed by a 2012 Standard & Poor's credit upgrade notice pointing out that the utility "is now covering all costs from telephone, video and Internet revenue, as well as providing significant financial benefit to the electric system."

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You aren't answering the fundamental question. How is

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the federal government from using its powers to help community-owned Internet service providers compete with private telecommunications companies.
NOT crony capitalism?
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quote:
Originally posted by Seneca:
So not wanting the government to subsidize its own favorite company to compete against other private companies is crony capitalism?

I think you have that backwards...

No, a private corporation bribing legislators to put the interests of those private corporations ahead of the interests of the constituents they were elected to represent is crony capitalism.
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quote:
Originally posted by Seneca:
You aren't answering the fundamental question. How is

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the federal government from using its powers to help community-owned Internet service providers compete with private telecommunications companies.
NOT crony capitalism?
The state made a law that prevents fair competition. Now the senator wants to prevent the FCC from interfering with that law.

And people who have a problem with that are the ones guilty of crony capitalism?

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Seneca
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the federal government from using its powers to help community-owned Internet service providers compete with private telecommunications companies.

The state put up barriers to prevent fair competition. This isn't about the government giving any kind of special boost to the community owned service. All the FCC is trying to do is remove those barriers. I am actually amazed that you have an issue with this. It is clearly a case of a bought representative promoting the interests of the telecom giants over the free market.
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Since we know government can never do something as well as a private corporation we must not allow them to.
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