Phone Competition

Whats good for the goose is good for the gander:

Senate Regulated Industries Committee Chairman David Shafer (R-Duluth) submitted a bill that would eliminate the need for telecommunications companies to separately negotiate franchise agreements with each city in which they want to do business.

Last year the Senate R&I committee heard legislation (which became law) to allow AT&T to negioiate a single state-wide franchise for TV Service. This now allows phone companies to do the same and compete with AT&T.

This year’s bill is SB 408

5 comments

  1. The Comma Guy says:

    I hope that our legislators got an agreement for AT&T to move its headquarters to Atlanta before selling out this badly. Another victory for the party of small government and local control!

  2. Chris says:

    Actually this bill _hurts_ AT&T in that it opens the market to competition from companies that don’t suck.

  3. StevePerkins says:

    Can you elaborate? It’s not really clear to me how this helps or hurts AT&T or its competitors regarding their competition with each other. It looks like it just means that companies only have to negotiate franchise fees once rather than multiple times. I can see how this is more efficient for private companies in general, but I don’t necessarily see it as a competitive advantage for one company or another… or how it could open markets or close them.

  4. The Comma Guy says:

    Unless I’m wrong, how it works is that if Bubba Phone wants to continue to offer service for Podunk, GA they will have to strike a deal with the folks at the State level to continue. I’m sure that if there is any type of application fee or licensing fee or other type cost it will not be passes on to the consumer at all. Additionally, if we don’t like the phone service we’re getting we can talk to our over funded regulatory agencies as well as our responsive state representatives who own property 3 towns over but are usually at their Atlanta office due to “meetings” at the Capitol.

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