2 thoughts on “Right Idea, Wrong Comments”

  1. Om –

    The cable companies just pass through the cost of the “bennies’ to the consumer – just another tax that we pay, just inditectly and hidden. In the Bay Area, compare the different cable rates for each city against the “bennies” that each city gets and you will see the pass through of costs.

    Additionally, the added costs only provide benefit to a small subset of the community – look at the cost of the open, public channels with a production and editing facility that only benefits the very small group of people that use and watch this content. How many people actually watch the city council meetings that are broadcast and eat spectrum?

    TANSTAAFL applies here.


  2. I agree with DocDoc here. I’d be happy to see all franchise fees waived. In exchange, all cable and telcos must refrain from lobbying against municipal broadband projects.

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