A recent letter by an SBC ( Southwestern Bell) employee published in the Sedalia, MO newspaper reminded me of a rant that I intended to do long ago and never quite got around to. So considering how far behind I am on getting rants done, I thought well hey it's never too late right?.
The letter in question basically states SBC's position on a series of
new legislation that is currently being introduced in the Missouri
Senate and House of Representatives. The senate version of the bill in
question can be accessed in it's full text here at the Missouri Senate's website. The house version is available here
at the Missouri House's website. They are both essentially the same
bill no doubt written by lobbyist's for SBC. The bill's sponsors
include Representatives Jim Avery from Crestwood and Bryan Stevenson
from Joplin in the house and Senators Sarah Steelman from Rolla and
Charles Gross from St Charles in the Senate. At first glance the bill
appears harmless enough, the brief title of it is as follows "SB 0221
Prohibits the PSC from imposing any restrictions on high- speed
Internet or broadband service". SBC's position being that this bill
will increase the availability of broadband Internet service, allowing
them to better compete with local cable companies thereby creating a
"Broadband Internet Parity".