But, do you know what happened to Nation's cable consumer advocacy group TV4US soon after the state passed the VCA? Why they folded up shop and disappeared as quickly as they arrived. Poof! That's right. Right into thin air.
Well, Thad Nation is back. This time at the helm of an astro-turf front job called "Wired Wisconsin," purportedly to be a project supporting individual consumers interested in technology, broadband and telecommunication issues. Sounds great - no?
JS Online Excerpt:But this time, Thad Nation isn’t promising telecom, phone or internet charges to drop, instead he claims that if Wisconsin can change their telecom laws, it could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs—all without cost to the state. He knows jobs, jobs, jobs is the hot topic. Dare I say, don't believe a word of it. Oh, despicable me.
These figures are in line with the economic impact we have seen after other Midwestern states passed modernized telecom laws this past year. A Wired Wisconsin report, based on data compiled by Technology for Ohio’s Tomorrow and the Illinois Technology Partnership, found that Ohio and Illinois have seen more than $1 billion in combined investment and 28,000 new jobs in the past few months alone. -- Thad Nation
JS online Excerpt: ( AT&T Cutting Jobs)Either that or landline rates will skyrocket to justify keeping them on the books.
"If they get it, their obligation to keep the landline business running and viable is diminished because the legal oversight is gone," Orton said. "I can't help but think that is the corporate strategy because the money in AT&T is on the wireless side of the business."While AT&T said customer service would not be diminished under deregulation, Orton disagreed. "People in rural areas would get the brunt of the service cuts, including farmers, small-business owners and senior citizens who depend on landlines," he said.
Brace yourselves folks, we're in for another long ride. But don't flatter yourselves as the driver or a passenger. No way. Think more in the terms that we're the ones being ridden.