(UTOPIA) Tax Alert : Stop 150% tax pledge increase

Doran L. Barton fozz at iodynamics.com
Fri Apr 18 09:18:44 MDT 2008


Not long ago, Stuart Jansen proclaimed...
> Privatization is not always better.

It's a tough pill to swallow, but I have to agree with Stuart. I mean, I'm
a little disturbed by his liberal blah-blah, but those who argue that
UTOPIA is akin to socialized Internet service are missing the big picture.

In an ideal world, a coalition of current and potential data service 
providers would propose to work together and form a joint project to
provide fiberoptic infrastructure on a city-by-city basis. This
private effort would last all of about a month, if it were born at all,
because of the immense pile of obstacles they'd be faced with, not to
mention the ridiculous tactics the companies not supportive of the
initiative (i.e. Comcast and Qwest) would use against them. 

UTOPIA exists, not because of a socialist agenda to tax the rich and
provide Internet to the poor, but because the private companies in a
position to provide or spearhead a privately owned municipal fiber project
(again, Comcast and Qwest) refuse to do it, or refuse to do it in a way
that promotes open competition amongst service providers. 

It is a bit ironic that opponents claim UTOPIA is anti-competitive when it
will allow any service provider to operate on its network, even Qwest or
Comcast.

-- 
fozz at iodynamics.com is Doran L. "Fozz" Barton
 "Typhoon rips through cemetery; hundreds dead"
    -- Headline seen in newspaper
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