Letter to lawmakers from visitor

Many of you have asked for a letter to send to lawmakers. Here’s one that Lumineux sent today. Thanks, Lumineux.

Hi everyone,

Brian, setting up this blog was a great idea. I have written to the representatives, plus my local representative and senator. Here is what I wrote to them:

I am writing to you to express my strong opposition to NC Senate Bill 1004 and NC House Bill 1252. I understand that the City of Wilson created their broadband after a request was made to Time Warner for faster service, and that request was denied. Wilson was attempting to provide a valuable service, a utility, to its constituents, that they otherwise couldn’t get. This makes a lot of sense. And it may be the right option for other cities and towns in North Carolina. Blocking a municipality’s right to serve its customers is really the issue at hand. To call this bill “leveling the playing field” is laughable. Obviously, Time Warner and Embarq don’t want to deal with competition of any kind, as it would cut into their profit margins, especially this kind of competition. But that’s what capitalism is all about. Asking a government body to regulate competition out of the market is asking for a monopoly. (Or in this case to extend the monopoly they already have.)

It’s just plain wrong for North Carolina to stop its cities and towns from providing services to their constituents. A vote for this bill is a vote to put the interests of big business above the best interests of the citizens of North Carolina. I will not be voting for representatives and senators who care more about business than they do about me.
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Also, here is the list from above, consolidated, so people can just cut/paste into their email:

Lorene.Coates@ncleg.net, Harold.Brubaker@ncleg.net, Nelson.Cole@ncleg.net, Bill.Faison@ncleg.net, Russell.Tucker@ncleg.net, Kelly.Alexander@ncleg.net, Hugh.Blackwell@ncleg.net, Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net, Becky.Carney@ncleg.net, Beverly.Earle@ncleg.net, Bruce.Goforth@ncleg.net, Robert.Grady@ncleg.net, Jim.Gulley@ncleg.net, Pricey.Harrison@ncleg.net, Hugh.Holliman@ncleg.net, Julia.Howard@ncleg.net, Linda.Johnson2@ncleg.net, Marvin.Lucas@ncleg.net, Danny.McComas@ncleg.net, Tim.Moore@ncleg.net, Wil.Neumann@ncleg.net, Ty.Harrell@ncleg.net, Earl.Jones@ncleg.net, Marilyn.Avila@ncleg.net, Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net

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and, you can find your representatives/senators here: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/homePage.pl just click on house/senate from the menu bar across the top.

2 Responses

  1. That’s a great letter!

    I sent my own letters earlier to all the email addresses you had in a previous post with links to all the (negative) publicity surrounding this bill.

    So far I’ve gotten some positive responses (as in against the bill).

    Keep up the good fight folks!!!!

  2. I don’t even live in NC, but I’ve written my own letters and sent them to every one of those guys, and also sent different “special” letters to the 4 people who brought this bill in the first place. I don’t even know if they will know I am not from NC, nor do I care. I support you guys in NC, because really this could be any state, and the more big cable co’s get their way, the harder it will be for all of us.

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