We have all seen the ads by Charter opposing the Clarksville Department of Electricity offering Cable TV, Phone, and extremely high speed Internet services. They are misleading and for the most part inaccurate.
Charter is not arguing that competition is not good for the consumer and the residents of Clarksville. They are not arguing against the claims that their prices are high, or that they provide poor service to city residents. Instead Charter is attempting to use your fear to sway your reason, to make you vote against your own interests. The residents of Clarksville can not allow that to happen. Their argument basically boils down to spend as much money as you wish, on whatever you wish, just don’t allow CDE to compete with us.
CDE has told me that the arguments they are hearing against them entering the telecommunications business are almost identical to the arguments which City residents heard 70 years ago when Clarksville, TN bought out the private electrical provider and founded CDE. Can anyone say Deja Vu? Unlike the residents 70 years ago we can look at our own history for guidance. Watch this video and see what you think:
Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.