Most people these days are cutting back on nights out. Taking the family to the movies, to dinner or a ballgame has become a rare treat. So family nights, watching movies or the Vols at home are more common. But a plan by Senator Bo Watson to raise our cable rates means fewer people will even get to enjoy even that small luxury. Watson is proposing that cable companies pay double their current cost to use public utility poles that deliver cable TV to our homes. Watson’s plan means that poles that are owned by the public will turn a higher profit for utility companies at the expense of those of us who pay the bills. Higher costs to the cable companies will mean higher costs for average families.
It’s about time politicians understood their efforts to help produce profits for their buddies have real consequences for real people.