Poor, pitiful, put-upon communications giants AT&T and Time-Warner Cable are demanding, as a some sort of new-fangled "level playing field" right, that the Kansas Cities give them the same concessions that the cities gave Google.
Without, of course, giving the cities any of the advantages that Google offered in order to secure those concessions. You know: FTTH, a GIG of bandwidth, 5 years of free low-bandwidth targeted at the digital divide, school connections, etc. So now your competitors offering a better deal to locals and in return getting a better deal from locals is unfair? Poor, pitiful, duopolists! Real companies with real competition face similar "level playing field" problems. It's called getting beat when your competitors offer a better deal. Big new concept, that.
We here in Lafayette have heard a lot of high-quality BS about "level playing fields" and here the term always means tilting the field to favor the incumbent corporations AT&T and Cox. But the latest demands of the incumbents break new ground in clearly demonstrating that their sense of entitlement is not limited to some sort of ideological objection to the so-called advantages of small municipalities that dare to compete against the international conglomerates. No, they are entitled to have all of the advantages of anyone and everyone that dares provide them with the smallest spot of competition, regardless of whether they are muni utilities or new private entrants like Google.
These guys have completely forgotten what free enterprise is all about. You know, that competition stuff.