[opendtv] Re: We Need Real Competition, Not a Cable-Internet Monopoly

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2014 07:53:07 -0500

>> On Feb 15, 2014, at 8:21 PM, "Manfredi, Albert E" 
>> <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hey Craig, I simply tell it like it is. My broadband monthly bill is not 
> high, ~$30/mo. What high is the phone bill, and almost half of it is taxes. 
> Including local taxes. And, we get our own "freeview" here too, just as they 
> do in the UK.

Your broadband bill is extremely high for what you get. In the U.K. You can get 
phone and unlimited broadband (16 Mbps down) for $31/mo. If your DSL service is 
like my previous service, your lucky to get 1.2 Mbps consistently.

The author I asked you to argue with had the facts Bert. You choose to disagree 
with him, but you argue with us.
> These are factual points. Anything about them you don't get?
> Plus, Susan Crawford claims the solution is more government regulation. Are 
> you saying you now agree with her now? That's hilarious, but it is an aside. 
> If you're hoping that heavy government regulation will lower your MVPD bill, 
> that's funny, right?
Susan Crawford is an advisor to President Obama, the "KING" of regulations!

We need massive deregulation, as is starting to happen with electric utilities. 
We need real competition, not one real and one crippled broadband choice per 
market. And yes, we need less taxes on utilities.

The historic propensity of the politicians to regulate utilities as natural 
monopolies and layer on taxes and other fees is the problem Bert. There is no 

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