Comment 14790

By beancounter (registered) | Posted November 29, 2007 at 20:35:57

Ted, if someone had told us twenty years ago, that there would be several telephone companies competing for our business and that long distance charges would go into a steep decline, we would have told him he was crazy.

If he also told us that we would be able to buy electricity and natural gas from several different companies we would have called for the men in white coats.

After all, those were monopoly services which could not operate under market conditions. What, put several different pipelines under the street while stringing multiple wires for electricity and telephone? Preposterous.

Perhaps the London, England model does not apply to a much smaller city like Hamilton, a city without all of the factors that you pointed out in your comments. Perhaps now is not (yet?) the time to try some form of privatization, or perhaps a 3P application.

I submitted the article from Lawrence Solomon in order to start a discussion on how we might be able to use some variant of what was done in London to our situation in Hamilton, if not now, perhaps in the future.

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