Sunday, February 20, 2005

"Calling For Real Competition" (Washington Post)

Every so often a columnist actually uses the forum as it was meant to be used: to share with readers how a person who is watching a topic closely and remembers its history reasons about the implications of current events.

Stephen Pearlstein with the Washington Post shows us how it is done. From the final paragraph:
"For the past decade, the Baby Bells have talked incessantly of the glory of competitive markets while using their power and guaranteed profit to try to make sure they had no serious competitors. Now that wireless and cable competitors have come along and broken their local phone monopolies, they are scrambling to get into everyone else's businesses. Before they are allowed to buy their way in, we ought to force them to share the local networks they built at their customers' risk with their customers' money, just as Congress intended."
The lead-in to that paragraph is equally incisive. Give it a look.


Neal Breakfield said...

It's a little scary... thinking of government getting into an entrepreneurial role is something that we were all kind of taught in civics that government doesn't do. Government doesn't compete with the private sector.

- Joey Durel, Campaign 2003

John said...

Folks, this is typical of Neal and, I have to say, the folks at Fiber411. If you'll look at adjacent posts you'll see that Neal, instead of actually responding to any of the articles or commentary just repeats himself 18 times. There’s no communication attempted. It's a tantrum; the (im)moral equivalent of pissing on a neighbor's wall because he said something you didn't like.

It would be easier to develop some respect for these guys if they'd show some for themselves.

Likely what is frustrating Neal is the growing wave of formerly silent support made visible in response to Joey Durel's call to action. And likely LPF is a target because he doesn't like what I say about the boys in response to yesterday's tirade posted to our site. (See

He can't answer real questions. He just continues to parrot whatever the last angry thing he or some handler feeds him.

I'll repeat what is obviously a futile plea: Start answering real questions. Quit mouthing nonsense.

I'm out of patience with these guys.

GumboFilé said...

I would be all for this, but it's not what the c-p proposes.

Neal Breakfield said...


People who can beat the message don't waste time trying to beat up the messenger.

WE have thick skin. You have no message.

The community's RIGHT to vote on this is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is the law.

You want to break the law to ensure that you get your way.

You are entitled to your opinion, but if you try to break the law to infringe on OUR rights, WE can and will do something about it.

And no amount of insults will dissuade US from it.

Neal Breakfield said...


You are absolutely right about one thing: I was rude and I apologize. No excuses. I apologize to you and all the other users for spamming your site.

It will not happen again... with one exception: I will post this where I spammed in hopes that it will clear the air.

I want what I think most of us want: a meaningful, informative and civil discussion where all sides can be heard.

John said...


Thanks, that's a gracious and straightforward apology.


We all get wound a mite tighter than is good for us at times. Myself included.