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Cable TV franchise contracts don't address rates or line-ups

To The Daily Sun,

This is in response to Scott Kipriotis's March 13 letter to the Sun:

I must address a misconception you have about cable TV franchises and the contracts that govern them. A franchise contract with a cable TV company does not award them a monopoly for the duration of the contract. Any competitor wishing to enter the market in a town already covered by a cable company can do so. That has been the case since the Communications Act of 1996 was passed by Congress.

Franchise contracts do not address cable rates or channel line-ups, nor should they, as these are more often than not covered under contracts with the content providers or under federal law. It is the contracts between the cable companies and the content providers (A&E, Discovery, Golf Channel, History, etc.) that determines both the price per subscriber, the location of the various channels within various programming tiers, and so-called niche channels. (Niche channels that are funded by cable subscribers even if no one watches them and are usually required to be carried by the content providers as a condition of carrying their prime programming.)

On another topic you mention, the looming merger of Comcast and Time-Warner, I must agree wholeheartedly. Creating "super providers" will work against consumers in the long run as it diminishes competition and that's always bad for the consumer.

In regards to MetroCast leasing lines from Comcast, I don't know if your prediction that Comcast will boost the costs of leasing those lines will come to be. There are more than a few companies out there leasing dark fiber (what I believe MetroCast is leasing from Comcast). So. if Comcast decides to boost their rates there's nothing stopping MetroCast from going elsewhere, or if it comes to that, building their own lines.

As to your experience with MetroCast's failure to address the problem with your e-mail account, I can suggest that you file a complaint with MetroCast and forward a copy of the complaint to the Laconia City Manager's office. After all, the city of Laconia won't automatically know about problems with MetroCast unless you tell them. Believe it or not, the various towns and cities want to know about complaints against the cable companies serving their municipalities. It gives them ammunition during contract negotiations and helps to ensure the cable company is living up to the terms of the franchise contract. (A caveat: most franchise agreements deal only with the video portion of a cable company's service. Since Internet service isn't regulated like that of video or phone service, there is little in most franchise contracts that covers it other than the company will provide it.)

Dale Channing Eddy


Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 09:37

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What are Pres. Obama’s three favorite words? ‘It’s Bush’s fault.’

To The Daily Sun,

From the noise, I can tell Obama has been inspiring his favorite "squeak toy," Bernadette Loesch. Scarier still, Bernadette's source of facts now seem to come from "Veverkaville." There is no one with an IQ above one who buys for a second that Barack Obama has turned this country around economically or socially. In fact, Obama has only heightened social tensions and unrest with his never-ending divisiveness. The magnificence of Obama's great intelligence can be summarized in three words, "It's Bush's fault."

People reading this know damn well, that take is dead accurate. NBC news and the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday Obama now has the lowest job approval rating of his presidency at 41 percent. But he still has Bernadette.

Come on Bernadette, let's debate on behalf of the nation what Obama has done for this country over five long years. I say, you haven't got the courage. There is nothing I enjoy anymore than keeping the total failure of Barack Obama's presidency fresh in the minds of the readers of The Daily Sun.

Maybe you want to debate the disaster of the Obama care roll-out appearing as if baboons were running the show. Maybe you want to debate the monster deductibles that are killing middle-class families. Maybe you want to debate why the young are not signing up? When asked why, the majority say the ACA is too expensive, even with subsidies. Saying something is "affordable" does not make it so. That's pure donkey, squeak toy BS.

Maybe you want to talk about the millions of people that had their policies canceled or lost their doctors or their hospital. Maybe you want to take about why Obama keeps changing the ACA rules every time the polls show it is killing the prospects for Democrats running in November. (Of course unilaterally, without congressional approval). Maybe you want to talk about why the insurance policies Obama said were total garbage three months ago are now going to be sold for another three years. Maybe you want to debate why Obama has essentially eliminated the individual mandate removing what is the heart of Obamacare. Maybe you want to debate why Obama has indemnified all the big insurance companies from $1 of losses. That is total, big business/big government copulating corruption.

Maybe be you can explain the "poop" to us on that? Maybe you want to debate why for five years the vast majority of Americans to this very day, still oppose Obamacare. It must be a Bush-Boutin conspiracy. Is that your logic?

Maybe you want to debate why Democrats lost the big special election yesterday in Florida for an open congressional seat. Democrats outspent Republicans. They still lost. The Florida election has been billed for months as the one eye into the November election because all the hot-button issues that divide the parties were screamed in the race. The Republican blasted the insanity and disaster of Obamacare, while the Democrat hugged it and Obama as hard as she could. Democrats found out millions of people in Florida hate Obamacare. They already see it as the complete, destructive basket case of incompetence it is.

Maybe you want to talk about the snail-pace Obama economy that two out of three people say still feels like we are in recession. Maybe you can shed light on the slowest recovery in 75 years. Maybe you want to debate why two out of three people think the country is going in the wrong direction after five years of Obama. Maybe you know why Obama has produced the largest debt in history tied to the longest welfare lines in history.

Maybe you know why the smallest percentage of the working population is working in more than 30 years. We have a lower unemployment number because millions have stopped looking for work. It's not that they found jobs. In fact the long-term unemployed have become a chronic problem during Obama's presidency. Let me see, who can I blame for that?

Tony Boutin


Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 07:15

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Conservative policies create jobs, allowing a pursuit of dreams

To The Daily Sun,

Conservatives want the very best for everyone. We want people to be free, happy, healthy, independent, safe, financially secure, and to feel they are leading lives of accomplishment by providing for their families and contributing to others. These blessings are enabled and fostered by conservative policies.

Everyone applauds Bono's humanitarian efforts in Africa. Bono realized that only capitalism can end poverty. "Aid is just a stop-gap, commerce (and) entrepreneurial capitalism take more people out of poverty than aid." This is true everywhere.

Conservative policies encourage investment, commerce, and a growing economy because they create jobs allowing people to escape poverty and pursue their dreams.

Conservative policies are best for children. Delaying parenthood until after marriage, education, and employment provides the best opportunity for nurturing children, financial security, and happiness.

Conservatives promote school choice. The purpose of education funding is to educate children, not to support school systems.

Conservatives promote adherence to the Constitution because each American deserves equal treatment by government and the freedom to pursue his or her happiness (unless they hurt others) including to fail, to try again, to spend their time and money as they wish, to speak freely, etc.

Conservatives want to help the truly needy. But, for many able-bodied people, welfare is not a safety net but a hammock that is difficult to get out of, locking people in welfare and stealing their future successes. "Welfare lock" produces votes for "generous" politicians who fake compassion while pursuing their political goals rather than the policies that truly help people, i.e., jobs.

Decades of lies about conservatives have enabled progressive political victories that have been disastrous for our country and the American people. Progressive policies stifle job creation, stealing opportunities for job seekers.

Progressive spending policies (i.e., spending to buy votes, reward supporters, and obtain personal benefits) have created most of our nation's $17 trillion debt and promised $100 trillion of unfunded pension and other benefits. These debts will be paid by our children, grandchildren, and future generations who are being treated as economic slaves to benefit today's politicians.

Don Ewing


Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 11:03

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Negativity really comes from the big-government aficionados

To The Daily Sun,

It's Wednesday, it's snowing and Bernadette Loesch has anointed me an apostle. Just think an apostle, wow, and I'm in great company. Thank you Bernadette. Oh yes, she does say our group is responsible for sky-high negativity. Well let's review:

When Obama first entered the presidential race we "apostles" said he had no record of achievements, no foreign policy experience, no military experience, no business or management experience, no government experience. Well folks, we were right.

When Obama made an arm long list of promises and then broke nearly every one of them we apostles spoke out and said so. Well folks, we were right again.

When Obama played the race card against Mrs. Clinton, all Republicans, the Tea Party and anyone that dared criticize him or his plans, we spoke out again. It was the truth folks.

When hundreds of Mexican people were murdered by drug cartel thugs because of Eric Holder's stupid gun-running scheme we said it was wrong. We were right again.

When our ambassador and his security detail were murdered and Obama looked the American people in the eye and told us it was because of a YouTube video when he knew that was a lie, we were angry and said so. We were right.

When Obama said, " If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, If you like your health insurance you can keep your health insurance." We said it wasn't true. We were right again

When Obama turned the IRS lose on conservative groups and individuals he perceived as political "enemies" we said it was wrong and illegal. That's right Bernaditte, we were right again.

When congressional hearings were held to shed light on these abuses what did we get? Stonewalling, lies, taking the Fifth, executive privilege, and most famously, "What does it really matter?" Yes, yes we were right to speak out again.

I hate to have had to belabor the point, but when dealing with minds like Ms. Loesch who simply refuse to accept facts and instead insist on personal attacks, smears and slanders, living by the credo of any means justifies their ends, it becomes necessary in order to point out their absurdity.

My point is that it was not, and is not, we "apostles" who are the cause of the negativity. That negativity comes from Ms. Loesch and her happy band of Marxist socialist, big-government aficionados who just can't stand that others have a different point of view and say so.

Steve Earle


Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 10:57

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Don't let southern states tell you to pay for their electric needs

To The Daily Sun,

Remember when Marvin Gaye told us to believe in "half of what we see and none of what we hear?" Maybe he was on to something. Because this isn't shaping up as a great year as far as the credibility of wind developers are concerned.

We are currently seeing anti-wind protests in Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts. Residents from all of our bordering states are fighting with wind developers. They are fighting tooth and nail to stop more wind development in their states.

Let's feel their pain for a minute.

Let's start with news reports out of Vermont on March 1, 2014 — "Anti-wind forum focuses on high-elevation water impacts." Vermonters share similarities with our watershed concerns and are experiencing lost property values. Maine politicians are already stating that some residents will be unhappy once their wind turbines start spinning. Massachusetts residents near Iberdrola's Hoosac Wind power plant are doing everything but screaming at us. It's a darn shame what happening down there. And the Offshore Cape Cod Wind talks are being seen as a Third World joke -- even going as far as saying they can slow down hurricanes. Really?

That leaves us with our own backyard experiment: the Groton Wind Power plant. Our residents are just starting to see the ill effects of this wind plant on local rivers and streams, along with safety issues and money transfers to buy silence and/or support in our community.

A consistently loud message that I am hearing from our neighbors is: "Fighting now is easier than fighting later. Because once they're up, they're up."

Many of you watch the Boston news channels on television at night and realize how happy you are to call yourselves resident of New Hampshire rather than residents of Massachusetts. Yet, you are now beginning to experience how the Massachusetts Electric Policy Initiative will soon affect your wallets.

It's a rather simple initiative. Massachusetts is outsourcing their renewable energy quota to New Hampshire lands and they are seeking your help to pay for it.

I believe that all New England politicians are starting to see the bigger picture, and that the 25x25 policy is not attainable. For it to be successful New England would have to erect thousands upon thousands of new wind turbines to comply with state laws. We all know that will not happen. And that realization appears to be sinking in with Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration. Because the Patrick administration is now entertaining the fact that hydroelectricity needs to be part of the clean energy mix if the state is to meet the goals of the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act. That's a huge shift in thinking.

That is good news for New Hampshire and its hydro facilities currently running at half throttle. I think the politicians are starting to read the handwriting on the wall, but as usual, they're still months and months behind all of you in their thinking.

It doesn't surprise me that residents of New Hampshire are smarter than residents from other states. And I've yet to meet a resident who isn't proud to call themselves a New Hampshire resident. So go back to your national news where they talk about the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's feeding his uncle to 120 ravenous dogs, or your regional news where Massachusetts approves sex changes for their prisoners, and thank your luck stars that your local news stories are simple or weather related.

Oh, and don't let southern states dictate to you on how you should help pay for their electricity problem. Remember New Hampshire has been an electricity exporter for decades. You've been doing things right. It's time they own up to that fact.

Ray Cunningham


Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 10:31

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