A lesson for the General Assembly

You don’t have to offer up millions in tax credits and subsidies to get companies to invest in Georgia:

AT&T Inc. announced today plans to invest approximately $500 million over the next several years in fiber network upgrades, further broadband deployment and Internet-based technologies to bring new services to Georgia consumers, including cutting- edge television.

This announcement is a direct result of the foresight of the General Assembly in passing House Bill 227, the Consumer Choice for Television Act, and the leadership of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

HB 227 allows companies that want to provide competitive video services to get a state-issued franchise rather than negotiate with individual municipalities, a process that often took years to complete. In part, the new technology upgrades will support Internet Protocol (IP)-based television, high speed Internet access and, in the future, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.

“Georgians deserve the benefits of competition,” said state Sen. David Shafer, chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee. “The investment by AT&T shows that eliminating the barriers to competition brings choice to consumers and investment to our state.”

See, instead of taking our tax dollars and giving it to KIA, you could just get rid of some of the dumb laws your predecessors have written.

6 comments

  1. UGAchris says:

    “…and, in the future, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.”

    Haha. Do people not know that voice over internet is currently being used quite a bit, and it’s not some fancy futuristic technology?

  2. Chris says:

    … Unless you’re Earthlink.

    I’m surprised AT&T is even acknowledging the existence of VOIP. The ILECs are the ones who will be hurt the most by the transition to Everything-over-IP.

  3. Bill Simon says:

    Hey, Chris (and other rocket-scientist-wannabes),

    Tell me what happens when the electricity goes out at your domicile…and in your neighborhood? Hmm? Except for 10-15 minutes of reserve time in your UPS, all electronic systems go down, don’t they?

    Betcha you can still operate the POTS phone in your house, but not your VOIP phone.

    Point being that VOIP cannot replace everything. Never will.

  4. Overincorporated Fulton says:

    Chris,

    Glad you brought this issue up. Tax expenditures, especially giveaways (ahem…bribes) to corporations in exchange for investing in your state , should be a crime.

    And it’s this kind of pork that is bankrupting states and the country.

  5. Chris says:

    Bill,

    1) whats with the attitude?
    2) Most people have cordless phones which won’t work w/ no power to the house anyway. Rare is the completely line-powered phone.
    3) There is VOIP technology out there that is line powered and doesn’t require there to be power to your house (exception being point 2). If Earthlink could ever figure out how to service its customers they might even be able to sell it to you.
    4) 99% of your phone calls are just being converted into into VOIP on the back end anyway. It already has replaced 90% of the phone network.

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