Rep. Ross: “The people who aren’t getting a level playing field are our constituents” (video)

The State House passed on second reading Thursday House Bill 129, which would further restrict local governments from offering new broadband services.

Bill sponsor Rep. Marilyn Avila maintained local community broadband networks have an unfair advantage over private industry providers. And without some protections afforded by the bill, Avila said business would view North Carolina as a “predator.”

Rep. Deborah Ross charged cable providers with trying to have it both ways. She said they don’t want to serve rural areas and small towns that aren’t profitable, but don’t want the competition either. Ross told those who would side with the private cable giants:

“That’s what’s government’s for. It’s to provide the services private industry didn’t want to provide in the first place.”

To hear the full exchange, click below. The bill will be up for its third reading in the House Monday evening.


  1. Frances

    March 24, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    If small businesses have no money for taxes, then you have no money for your special programs. Be honest about this matter, goverrnment does not do a good job running business. Rethink your postion in the name of people who pay taxes.

  2. dob

    June 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm


    Do you enjoy your local water service? How about mail service?

    I take it you’re not a resident of Wilson. They love their local Internet municipal service, provided by the government at speeds in excess of and rates lower than that offered by private industry.

    You’re letting your ideology blind you to reality.

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