In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I would like to point you to a Letter to the Editor written by Charles Steele Jr., President and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference that ran on Monday in the Washington Times. Steele takes cable companies to task for misusing the civil rights movement to protect its own marketshare, and not to address critical issues facing minority communities:
The cable companies claim the legislation would allow telephone companies to target more affluent communities for broadband service while ignoring poor and rural communities and failing to offer them the latest advanced digital services. SCLC has reviewed the proposed legislation, and in our opinion these claims are baseless and the tactics that are being used by the cable company run afoul of common decency.
Steele continues to point out the flaws in cable’s approach and how pending legislation promotes consumer choice and lower prices for cable customers. Here’s to Mr. Steele.