…look what is flying totally under the radar down yonder:
Cable television subscribers who have been able to rely on their local governments to regulate service, may soon be calling Tallahassee for help.
A bill that was passed by the Florida House and Senate late last week would take control away from local governments and turn it over to the state. Supporters believe it will help increase competition among television, telephone and Internet companies. That could lead to reduced customer rates.
The bill, called Consumer Choice Act of 2007, only needs Governor Charlie Crist’s signature to become law. That could happen next week.
The bill comes at a time when Comcast, the primary cable TV provider in Lee County, has been under fire the past several months for service outages, interruptions and complaints about customer service. The major problems occurred, primarily in Cape Coral, when service was changed in February from Time Warner.
The bill had mostly negative responses from local governments that have their own contracts with Comcast.
And yet, strangely, I don’t hear anyone calling Gov. Crist a tyrant or a dictator for this…do you?