Monday, November 05, 2007

UTOPIA: Government Competition and Privatization Subcommittee Meeting

I just received this email from Pete Ashdown through the UTPolitech mailing list (italics mine).
Government Competition and Privatization Subcommittee Meeting Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 at 9:00 AM

They're going to be discussing metropolitan fiber somewhere between 10:00 AM and "lunch". Hooray for being able to enforce a timely agenda.

The specific legislation they're discussing is requiring the voters in current members of UTOPIA to endorse new members joining. So if Salt Lake City wishes to join UTOPIA, then all of the other cities have to hold referendums to allow that. Hooray for "efficient and small government". No accounting for the extra cost to cities has been given to my knowledge. No explanation as to why Brigham City needs to make decisions for Salt Lake City (or vice versa) has been defined.

This is corporate protectionism at its finest. All this legislation does is hold inevitable infrastructure back with red-tape.

Damn, I wish I could go. Why does all the good stuff happen when the average citizen can't go give their input? I hope that some of the bloggers make it, I'd really like to know what happens.

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