STATE HOUSE – State Representative Michael Chippendale (R-Coventry, Foster, Glocester) introduced a bill to bring cable television and internet to all residents in Foster.
“For years the residents of Foster fought to get cable or fiber optic television and internet service brought to the town.” said Chippendale. “Even though Cox and Verizon FIOS have connected the majority of residents, there are still neighborhoods where families do not have access to these services. This is just wrong.” Chippendale continued.
For the past 3 years, Chippendale attempted to convince these companies to expand coverage to all residents. Corporate representatives deflected these calls for expanded coverage, citing profit margins and business returns on investment.
“It is unfortunate that Foster residents are treated solely in terms of profit margin or potential revenue.” said Chippendale. “These are basic services provided to a majority of residents throughout the state.”
Chippendale’s bill would require any internet or cable provider connected to 85 percent of any city or town to connect the entire population of that city or town. “This bill is about consumer fairness and protection.” cited Chippendale. “I am concerned about the economic impact of cable and internet, not the entertainment value. Today, technology is of vital importance. It is our future.”
According to a Global Workplace report, telecommuting has grown almost 80% from 2005 to 2012. “In the past, people were forced to locate close to their job.” said Chippendale. “Now, people can move to beautiful towns like Foster and telecommute to work each day. But they can only do so if the services are provided. I want to ensure the entire town of Foster is covered. ”
“There are few telecommunication options for residents in remote areas of the state. Fewer providers translates to less competition, higher consumer prices, and lower user quality. This bill is all about consumer protection and fairness.”
“Without legislative action, these companies will continue to neglect Rhode Islanders because some spread sheet said profits would not be high enough. There is an economic benefit at stake for the town.”
“As far as I know, there are the only a few areas in the state that are disconnected. It’s 2014! There should not be any disconnected areas in our state. It’s just a simple matter of companies doing the right thing.” concluded Chippendale.
For more information, contact:
Jeffrey Robert, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
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