AT&T put out a press release claiming they have invested $1.3 billion in Tennessee's communications infrastructure. The press release touts expanded access to 4G, wi-fi, broadband and cable.
Perhaps as payback for the hundreds of thousands of dollars AT&T spent lobbying for statewide cable franchise approval (which pretty much eliminated local control), both Lt. (real) Gov. and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell give AT&T glowing praise for helping grow the economy and create jobs in Tennessee.
The timing is interesting, too. Legislators can't campaign or do any fundraising while in session. But some free advertising from one of their corporate benefactors is A-OK, I guess? (Is that even legal?)
Anyway, the new rules have been in place for about three years now. I haven't noticed any new competition. We still have exactly one internet/cable provider and one land line phone company (not counting the cable company's VOIP offering, which we already had before the bill passed.) In fact, our local government begged AT&T to come make a proposal (also before the new law). AT&T declined and hasn't been heard from since.
So has anyone seen more competition and/or better offerings in your area in the last three years? Anyone? Bueller?R. Neal's blog | | |