AT&T's U-verse Internet-TV service, which debuted Monday in the Memphis area, has its share of critics, who charge that AT&T's heavy lobbying effort in Tennessee and other states fulfilled the telecom giant's wish list without any price benefit to consumers. Karl Bode of dslreports.com writes:
The problem with such laws, as we've well discussed, is that they often streamline franchise approval at the cost of citizen eminent domain rights, price controls, cherry-picking restrictions and other consumer protections. In most states the laws are written by AT&T lobbyists and are essentially wish lists for baby bell operators, hidden under the promise of lower TV prices for consumers. Not too surprisingly, consumers who were promised lower TV prices are looking at AT&T U-Verse pricing in Memphis and wondering where their savings is.