Bluegrass Beacon: Phone rings for market-driven telecom reforms

Telecommunications companies like AT&T have for three years vigorously pushed to rid Kentucky of regulatory regiments that place the Bluegrass State at a competitive disadvantage. Deregulation’s opponents argue to protect access to basic telephone services – especially emergency services – for poor, elderly and rural citizens. The result is Senate Bill 99 – a culmination…

Bluegrass Beacon: What doth it profit a telecom company to invest in Kentucky?

Some editorial writers condemn supporters of telecommunications reform for being driven by a profit agenda. However, no company remains in business without “profit” as its primary motivation. Those editorial writers would find themselves in unemployment lines were it not for subscribers purchasing newspapers containing advertisements paid for by profit-driven advertisers – all designed to create…

The truth about telecom reform: It’s not what the fear mongers say

My weekly Bluegrass Beacon column released to newspapers on Thursday was about the state Senate’s approval of legislation removing onerous regulations from state law that not only discourage telecommunications companies from investing more resources in Kentucky, but also hamper them from investing in ways that improve the commonwealth’s wireless infrastructure. Fear mongers say the legislation…