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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-05 02:31 PM
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7. This is nothing new
Edited on Sun Feb-27-05 02:32 PM by Gman
In the early 1990's, City Public Service, the electric company in San Antonio planned to put in fiber optics to each house and business to read the meters. The eventual plan was to provide telephone and cable TV service with the excess capacity. SBC (then, Southwestern Bell) lobbied City Council to win the city's prohibition against CPS doing this. The argument was the same. Government has no business competing in telecommunications and especially so in the city that SW Bell had recently moved its corporate offices to from St. Louis.. CWA's position was the city was taking union jobs away. This was the earliest occurence of this I know of.

As a side note, SW Bell mobilized the business community against the mayor and he lost his reelection.
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