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en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA
reply to DarkLogix

Re: Free for all

Just to make myself clear... I'm not pushing gov't run fiber/wifi over business. I'm stating that if a private run business either does not want to run a modern system, or just wants to provide the bare minimum and charge customers excessive fees, then the city should have the right to wire itself.
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Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO
The muni, city, and/or state should do it regardless of any reason if it's people vote for it to be done.

If the incumbent doesnt want to do it, then strip them of their network and send them packing and bring someone in that will. Even if this means a new company has to be formed to do it.


FFH5
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Tavistock NJ
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reply to en102
said by en102:

Just to make myself clear... I'm not pushing gov't run fiber/wifi over business. I'm stating that if a private run business either does not want to run a modern system, or just wants to provide the bare minimum and charge customers excessive fees, then the city should have the right to wire itself.
And the highlighted segment is entirely subjective. With a proviso like that the city gov't could decide to go against private companies on any pretext whatever. So, in effect, you say a city can decide to go in to any business it wants to because there would be no practical restrictions.
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FFH5
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said by Skippy25:

The muni, city, and/or state should do it regardless of any reason if it's people vote for it to be done.

If the incumbent doesnt want to do it, then strip them of their network and send them packing and bring someone in that will. Even if this means a new company has to be formed to do it.
You sound like Obama taking over the auto industry. The 5th Amendment in the US Constitution prohibits the taking of private property(such as a business) from US citizens without just compensation. And that usually results in multi-year court cases where eminent domain is concerned.

5th Amendment
"...nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation"
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tschmidt
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said by FFH5:

So, in effect, you say a city can decide to go in to any business it wants to because there would be no practical restrictions.
Absolutely. Citizens, through their elected representatives, have the power decide which services are provided by the city. We seem to have this perverse notion that economics trumps everything else. Capitalism is a means to an end not an end in an of itself.

Power derives from the people. The people collectively decide proper role of government and private enterprise.

said by FFH5:

You sound like Obama taking over the auto industry.
You know that is not true. The Auto Industry came to the government and asked for assistance. The government in turn set conditions on that assistance. I see no constitutional problem with that. No one is forcing GM to take government money.

/tom


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said by tschmidt:

Power derives from the people. The people collectively decide proper role of government and private enterprise.
Not in the United States. The US is a Republic with a constitution that puts limits on the power of the people exercised thru their elected representatives. The founding fathers saw the danger of the tyranny of the masses(aka pure democracy) and setup a government that puts limits on the power of the majority to ramrod thru changes. The Constitution delineated rights that can NOT be removed by the will of the majority without going thru the cumbersome, time consuming, and excruciating process of amending the Constitution.
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said by FFH5:

The US is a Republic with a constitution that puts limits on the power of the people exercised thru their elected representatives.
What does that have to do with communities deciding which services they choose to deliver to their citizens?

/tom


FFH5
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said by tschmidt:

said by FFH5:

The US is a Republic with a constitution that puts limits on the power of the people exercised thru their elected representatives.
What does that have to do with communities deciding which services they choose to deliver to their citizens?

/tom
This particular msg thread started with this post:
»Re: Free for all where the poster decided gov't should just seize a private company and take over.
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If the incumbent doesnt want to do it, then strip them of their network and send them packing and bring someone in that will. Even if this means a new company has to be formed to do it.

All the subsequent posts were based on refuting that poor argument.
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said by FFH5:

This particular msg thread started with this post:
»Re: Free for all where the poster decided gov't should just seize a private company and take over.
Sorry about that - I'm not following this thread as closely as you are. Missed that little tidbit.

Government has power of eminent domain but one hopes that power is used sparingly. As you posted the 5th amendment requires just compensation of confiscated property.

My post was about notion government should not compete with private enterprise. That private companies and only private companies are the one to decide how society operates. I reject that premise. Business operates at the pleasure of the people and is subservient to common good.

/tom


en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA
reply to FFH5
I have lived in places where the 'town' runs water (no charge for use - part of taxes), local landfill (again no charge for use, part of taxes), sports complex, dentist office, library, medical clinic and firehall.

As no individual or corporation has invested in these, and they are deemed necessary for the most part (corporations did give donations for the sports complex), does that mean that none of them should exist for lack of private investment ?
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ninjatutle
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San Ramon, CA
En Canadian eh?

buccaneere

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Snow Hill, NC

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reply to tschmidt
quote:
My post was about notion government should not compete with private enterprise.
Government (.gov) is NOT supposed to be in business (.com[mercial) .

Same as 'religion', which it is NOT to 'establish'.


ninjatutle
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San Ramon, CA
They're in everyone's business..


en102
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Valencia, CA
reply to ninjatutle
You bet, eh.


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said by buccaneere:

Government is NOT supposed to be in business .
What does that mean?

If I understand you correctly Government should not be involved in Police, Fire, Water, Sewer, roads etc. All those services were once provided by private business. At some point people decided it was best to manage those activities for public good.

For years phone service was a highly regulated monopoly. Is it your opinion that was improper?

Who gets to set the rules of the game, private companies or elected officials?

/tom