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February 27, 2010


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Brian (neaguy)

Good job, Paul.

I can't remember the last time deregulation worked out. Awarding winning reporters Donald Barlett and James Steele did a nice job detailing the many problems with deregulation in trucking and airlines begun under Jimmy Carter with leadership from Ted Kennedy in their book, America: What Went Wrong.

As a nation, we have not recovered from that failed model of economic management.

Ty O'Mara

"Needless to say, Senator Plale did not agree."

Nor did he offer any good reasons for the bill, except for some vagueness about the regulation being out of date. He did not address the issue; elected officials do--politicians don't. Great idea to make sure to get it on record that he was using a landline. Beautiful. Professor, you really made your point at the end.

Charlie UnSykes

According to Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, in the 2008 election cycle Plale got $1000 apiece from AT&T and TDS, and $500 apiece from Verizon and FONEPAC. I hope the media starts following the money.


I realize I'm a Friday Public TV junkie. It was so good for me to be able to see Orton in person.


Where have all the "universal coverage" taxes on my phone bill been going?
Haiti will have DSL coverage before all parts of Rock County!!


The Universal Coverage tax is something Sen. Al Gore was able to ram through Congress after he invented the Internet.


This is about trying to level the playing field in regulation. Telecom was the only one regulated and is frankly on its last leg due to wireless competition, so it needed to be freed from that burden. The telecom business is dying. Their demise is due to people cutting their landline and also access line revenue losses when long distance became dirt cheap around 2002.

The law was originally created to ensure that telecom monopolies did not gouge the consumer. Paul is right - they should have just regulated the whole bunch. However, in theory, there's rural competition now due to satellite and cellular so the argument is that a monopoly no longer exists. That could explain the high yes vote. Perhaps they are considering future legislation that would address the entire market? That would make sense since the telecom legislation is old and complicated. It would be best to start from scratch.

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