Sunday’s Advocate carries the article “Senate hopefuls vow to help La. get its fair share” in which the four major senatorial candidates participated in the Louisiana Municipal Association’s forum held during the association’s annual meeting. For fiber afficanados the interesting—and surprising—move of the event was Vitter’s coming out in favor of giving local government more freedom to provide telecom services:
Vitter also noted he supports giving local government a freer hand in providing telecommunications services — cable television, Internet and telephone — if they can offer those services more affordably than private companies.
Competition serves consumers better, he said.
Frankly, I was surprised. But maybe I shouldn’t be; after all it really is conservative to be for competition and to favor local government with its closer-to-the-people connection in cases where the state seeks to restrict what local governments are allowed to do on behalf of its citizens. I can only think that he wants to bolster his support in Lafayette–and it’s interesting that a conservative thinks that endorsing telecom utilities will help him in Lafayette Parish. He must think the people are pretty much overwhelmingly in favor. And in that he shows (IMHO) good political judgment. Of course, the endorsement is a cheap gimme since our federal representatives have nothing to do with the law recently put in place to limit local government’s ability to provide telecom cheaply. At any rate, GOOD. The more the merrier. Maybe we can get this on the radar screens of other candidates.