City-Owned Telecom

The last few weeks there’s been many commercials airing, urging voters to turn down a proposed city-owned telecom bill. I was all for it, being that we don’t have many good options for internet service here in Iowa. This should provide some more options eventually for Iowans.

Voters in 17 Iowa cities voted for the proposal, allowing cities to build their own telecommunications companies. This will really piss off Mediacom.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Voters in 17 cities are giving their local governments the right to form their own telecommunications company.

Supporters went to the polls Tuesday night and sent a message to companies like Mediacom and Qwest, which helped fund a $1 million campaign blitz against the measure.

Cities such as Dubuque, Mason City and Waterloo can now start their own cable, telephone and Internet systems and potentially charge less than other companies.

On the other hand, 15 cities voted against the the proposal. One of those cities being Nevada, where I usually reside. Nevada is currently served by Iowa Telecom for phone service, they’re our only option for non-voip phone service. Mediacom is the only cable provider. Both companies offer broadband, but Iowa Telecom’s is piss slow and Mediacom offers basically no upload speeds.

Residents of 32 Iowa communities delivered a split verdict Tuesday on whether their cities should seek a role offering cable television, Internet and other telecommunications services.

Totals showed 17 communities passed the measures to form communications utilities and 15 defeated them. In the Des Moines metro area, proposals failed in Altoona, Carlisle, Norwalk and Windsor Heights.

The proposal was defeated in Nevada and six other communities served by telephone company Iowa Telecom. “I think it shows that (voters) just took the time to research the issue,” company spokesman Dan Eness said. “They realized a municipally owned telecommunications utility was not in the best interest for them.”

OK Dan, you wouldn’t just say that simply because you’re an Iowa Telecom employee would you? Of course not. I should thank the Des Moines Register for getting thoughts from mostly Mediacom or Iowa Telecom employees, that’s super!


Iraqis Have Voted – Well Done!

Iraqis voted on their Constitution yesterday. The voting appeared to go fairly well with not much happening to distract people from participating. It’s estimated that 15.5 million Iraqis headed to the polls to cast their simple “yes” or “no” ballot.

The Political Teen has a video explaining what the requirements are for the Constitution to pass. Apparently the New York Times and the Washington Post printed some pretty conflicting articles about the iraq constitution vote. The Moderate Voice has more on that. The votes are still being counted though, it’s stupid to speculate when it could be weeks before all the votes are tallied. I feel like speculating too though I guess, so I speculate the Constitution will pass. The Sunnis were opposed to the poll in January, sounds like some of them have been brought around and at least participated, maybe even voted yes.

Terrorism Unveiled has some pictures. Wizbang also has some pretty good pictures and takes note of the total lack of violence across Iraq yesterday. WonderWoman (A North American Patriot) is left speechless and is very excited about the voter turnout and what that turnout should mean to our troops who are fighting to give these people freedom.

Other bloggers touting this milestone in Iraq:
Iraq The Model (obviously)
California Conservative
The Indepundit
Protein Wisdom has a great roundup.
Blogs for Bush
Captains Quarters
Clarity and Resolve
The Fourth Rail


September Straw Poll

Patrick Ruffini is conducting his September straw poll. Head over to that link to cast your votes.

He’s doing it slightly differently this time. Everything is basically the same except this poll features tagging. You can tag your vote like you’d tag a post for technorati or tag a picture for flickr.

The results from last months straw poll are available. Giuliani is kickin ass and taking names.