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Cox attempt to kill New Orleans wireless

Posted by schroeder915 on April 6, 2006

David Grabert, a spokesman for Cox Communications, a major
telecommunications provider in New Orleans, said the company backs the state’s Fair Competition Act, which would end the city’s legal authority to continue operating the system at full speed after the state of emergency ends.

“We believe the Fair Competition Act was established to provide safeguards for private industry,” Grabert said. “Efforts to repeal it do raise concerns.”

Wow! So the cable industry can’t compete with a public service? Hmm … I thought the private sector did things better than the government.

Wired News


2 Responses to “Cox attempt to kill New Orleans wireless”

  1. Lenny Zimmermann said

    WHAT private sector? Cox effectively has a monopoly on that anyway. Fair market competition would likely make for better services and maybe, just maybe, having a city service could provide some kind of substitute for that, but that’s likely as close as we’re going to get.

    See, to me this is once again the government bestowing a monoply on a corporation (which is now trying to complain about that government, go figure). So it’s still just government incompetence in action.

    From your friendly neighborhood libertarian. 😉

  2. Loki said

    And don’t forget other telco interference. BellSouth as I recall yanked in an offer to give the city a building (a building!) for a new police station/police housing.

    Three cheeers for Meffert who has stated that it will stay on until he receives a Federal level order to shut it down.

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