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The State of South Carolina, in conjunction with AT&T, ALEC and all the State Senators and Representatives You Can Buy Present: Lack of Choice Theater!

This week's episode: No Municipal Broadband For You

Yes, the State of South Carolina has joined North Carolina in saying that cities and towns can't compete against broadband providers because it will prevent the providers from gouging their customers giving choice to their customers. There are quite a few areas in the state that still have providers that have an iron-grip monopoly that this would help. Looking at YOU Comporium Communications.

Makes me sad but this is no great surprise. The state is firmly in the grip of Republicants, Teabaggers and good old boys so there's no way something that may hurt a company's bottom line would pass. Another great argument for making lobbying and corporate "donations" illegal. Never happen but a boy can dream, right?

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "The Internet Never Forgets, and Republicans Never Learn." - blue aardvark

    by SC Lib on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 08:41:59 AM PDT

  •  "Choice", eh? Hmmm... n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, MartyM

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 08:53:10 AM PDT

  •  This one REALLY pisses me off! (1+ / 0-)
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    1) I am a network Engineer in telecom

    2) Just the other day I was talking to a co-worker about the crappy choices we as indiviuals have for broadband.  He works in an area with Verizon FiOS and gets great speeds.  I was thinking about an idea that this just pisses all over

    My Idea:

    Convince towns in areas with crappy service to build out a fiber broadband solution and incorporate the costs into property taxes (I live in an area where school & property taxes are two sperate bills).

    This would:

    1) Create Jobs in communities
    2) Bring people back to dying communities
    3) With quaility broadband in these communities the standard of living would increase for everyone

    So about this diary, I agree with the author so please note my anger towards ALEC, AT&T, Wimpy state legislaters!


    Note, added a few tags, hope you don't mind :)

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 08:56:44 AM PDT

    •  Breakdown of AT&T (2+ / 0-)
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      MKinTN, Redfire

      Original 5 state SBC (Based in texas) bought Pac Bell and Nevada Bell

      Then they bought SNET

      Then they bought Ameritech (Midwestern states regional Bell company)

      During this timeframe:

      Southern Bell & AT&T had a joint venture: Cingular Wireless

      SBC then bought AT&T and KEPT the national brand name AT&T

      The new AT&T (SBC) Bought Southern Bell

      So Cingular now being owned wholly by the new AT&T (SBC) was rebranded AT&T Wireless

      The new AT&T (SBC) now then had SC (As SC was part of old Bell South)

      After all this The new AT&T (SBC) is just one of 3 Big Bell companies left (Verizon and Century Link other 2)

      Hope I didn't confuse you :P

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:13:33 AM PDT

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  •  lots of ALEC members in SC & NC legislatures (2+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, Redfire

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:05:18 AM PDT

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