Congressman Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, earlier this year introduced a bill that prevents cities from offering their own telecommunications services if the private sector offers a substantially similar service. By the oddest coincidence, Pete Sessions is also the top congressional recipient of donations from AT&T (formerly SBC).
It's bad enough that telcos want to end network neutrality with priority for their own services, and to charge content providers for access that customers have already paid for. Now they're trying to prevent municipalities from providing service to their citizens - the people the telcos have ignored. It's sickening.
It just goes to show that in spite of all our problems, we still have the best representation that money can buy.