[TriLUG] OT: URGENT: H.129 to be heard in Thursday's Finance Committee!
mpusateri at wickedtrails.com
Tue Mar 15 10:45:46 EDT 2011
In theory if the bill was to protect and increase jobs, one would think it would create more jobs to build and maintain a new infrastructure, than for a corporation to extend their existing infrastructure.... So I'm not how that logic works. Seems to me to be a fear tactic by a large corporation.
On Mar 15, 2011, at 10:41 AM, matt at noway2.thruhere.net wrote:
> This bill has some parts that are bad for the customer but great for
> corporation. In general terms, it ensures that any sort of public-sector
> pricing advantage is negated. If the public sector can and is willing to
> provide a service at a price point better than a private company can or
> will, the duty should be to the citizens of that area, not to the profits
> of the corporation. By way of example, based upon my personal
> experiences, if you live in a city that has municipal garbage collection
> you probably pay on the order of $10 per month. If you live in a city
> that does not, you can expect to pay a private company on the order of $75
> a month for the same service. I don't know about you, but I would just as
> soon pay the city $10.
> Take for example the following items from the bill:
> Shall not air advertisements or other promotions for the city-owned
> communications service on the city's public, educational, or governmental
> access channel, use city resources that are not allocated for cost
> accounting purposes to the city-owned communications service to promote
> city services in comparison to private services ...
> (So they can't adverise on publicly media).
> Shall not price any communications service below the cost of providing the
> service, including any direct or indirect subsidies received by the
> city-owned communications service provider
> (see the example on garbage collection)
> The city shall annually remit to the general fund of the city an amount
> equivalent to all taxes or fees a private communications service provider
> would be required to pay the city or county
> (they must pay CORPORATE TAX RATES on a public service - to up the price
> tag, this keeps getting better).
> Also, it prohibits the community from OWNING the infrastructure. Sure. it
> must be OWNED by a PRIVATE company and LEASED to the city. Renting is
> almost always more expensive than owning.
> As far as "deeply invested in pornography", well that sounds like a bunch
> of right-wing rhetoric along with "this bill will create and protect
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