City Owned Cable Service Challenged By Time Warner

Time Warner cries about profit margins.

Published Wed, Apr 22 2009 8:13 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:37 PM CST
For years many have complained about high fees for cable internet and television service from large providers with little changes being made while the the cable companies reclined in their chairs and milked consumers for all they could.

It looks like the small town of Wilson, North Carolina had enough of the shenanigans and after requests for more bandwidth failed, the city government listened to its people and launched their own company that delivers better features than the cable company. To top it all off, the city is offering the service to its residence for basically what is the city's cost.

City Owned Cable Service Challenged By Time Warner
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The city service named Greenlight Inc., offers cable internet, television, and digital phone service for a fraction of the price the cable company offers. To top it all off, subscribers can get all the bandwidth they desire and more, with packages including internet service in 10Mbit, 20Mbit, and 100Mbit speeds. And yes, those are synchronous speeds for the upload as well.

Time Warner doesn't seem to like this one bit and has been lobbying with the state goverment to get the local company shut down. It seems that they are worried consumers will realize they are really getting screwed, and that other cities will follow the same plan.

Time Warner Inc. CEO Jeff Bewkes

One can only hope that the Time Warner efforts are futile. Everyone will benefit from the introduction of such companies popping up all over the place, driving competitive prices down while providing higher quality service.

The city, has blasted the move, launching a new blog and urging the state government to reject the initiative. Writes Brian Bowman, the city's Public Affairs Manager, "I have a 10Mbps up/down connection at my house. Can't get half that from the cable company. I buy it directly from the City of Wilson. After less than a year of residential service, almost 3,000 Wilson citizens are subscribing to Wilson's fiber optic network. Local businesses can get up to one Gbps."

He continues, "If the cable/phone companies really want a level playing field, they'd open their books just like we do in the spirit of open meetings and open records law. They don't want a level playing field. They want to be the only team on the field."

"Bottom line, these companies are using your state lawmakers to protect monopolies. It was wrong in 2007 when a similar bill died in the house and it's wrong today."

Zac provides professional IT support by day, but plays the role of enthusiast by night. He's been building high-end custom computer for the nearly fifteen years and writing PC hardware reviews for the better part of a decade. Aside from computers, he also dabbles in quite a bit of home A/V equipment. Throughout the years, Zac has picked up an extensive knowledge of power circuitry and leverages this to provide the PSU reviews. When not found testing or writing, you can often find him speeding through the winding countryside on his motorcycle.

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