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

Levi Pearson levi at cold.org
Fri Apr 18 11:25:12 MDT 2008


"Doran L. Barton" <fozz at iodynamics.com> writes:
> 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.

Well, Qwest and Comcast aren't *just* service providers, they're also
infrastructure providers.  They invested vast amounts of money in
infrastructure with the understanding that, if you wanted their
service, you'd have to pay for the use of their infrastructure as
well.  UTOPIA clearly competes with them in the infrastructure-
supplying business.

Is that a bad thing?  Well, if you're a hard-line capitalist, you'd
probably have to say that it is, but I think you'd then be wrong.  I
think that building and maintaining community infrastructure is a
natural service for a government to perform, if the constituents think
it's a good idea.  Yes, there's a hint of socialism to the concept,
and socialism is wrong, but then so is capitalism to some degree.
Just because a system works well in general doesn't mean it applies to
all situations.

                --Levi



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