Time Warner Clears First Hurdle to Shutting Down NC Competition

Published by: Mike Goldman on 30th Mar 2011 | View all blogs by Mike Goldman
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Time Warner Clears First Hurdle to Shutting Down NC Competition

Time Warner has joined forces with CenturyLink, Embarq, and a few other big telecom companies to push the passing of a bill called H129 “Level Playing Field” in North Carolina.  The bill easily cleared its first hurdle this week when the North Carolina House passed the bill by a vote of 81 to 37.

The Level Playing Field bill essentially suggests that commercial entities such as Greenlight, who offer superior service at lower costs than bigger Internet service providers, are unfairly competing against the corporate giants, an assertion many have called ridiculous.  North Carolina representative Bill Faison made the following statement about the bill:

“This bill will make it practically impossible for cities to provide a fundamental service. Where's the bill to govern Time Warner? Let's be clear about whose bill this is. This is Time Warner's bill. You need to know who you're doing this for.”

Time Warner recently announced soon-to-be-available DOCSIS 3.0 coverage for the state's major metropolitan areas, but early installations of the coverage in Raleigh have led to latency problems and router difficulties.  Time Warner is charging $99 per month for the faster Internet connectivity for speeds of 5Mbps up.  In comparison, Greenlight offers customers speeds of 10Mbps with home phone service and basic cable for the same $99 per month.

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