John Berthoud, president of National Taxpayers Union in his opinion piece for The Washington Times writes, “Wanted: More choices for consumers.” He feels that cable companies are evil for trying to stop phone companies from offering IPTV. Err… no! That would be local communities, which get a nice little change from incumbent cable providers. He is wrong in taking sides with phone companies, who well don’t want to cut those deals with local communities, because its “lot of work.” Such poppycock! He extolls the virtues of Verizon FIOS and SBC Project Light Speed. Well, these folks have no clear idea about content, where they are going to get it, and well haven’t really outlined their content strategies. Now, I am not trying to take sides – god knows how terrible the cable companies are – but lets not paint phone companies as paragons of virtue either. But then as I have always said, this is a great time to pontificate about broadband and IPTV. It gets you the headlines.