As I discussed several weeks ago, Cox Communications was not happy that the city of Tempe was considering allowing Google Fiber to enter the area to provide telecom competition. Cox prefers keeping their monopolistic strange-hold on Tempe, much like they do in a number of major cities around the country.
According to Cox, they oppose Google Fiber not because it is competition but because of “public safety” reasons. Setting aside the fact that nobody in Arizona or nationally bought this terrible excuse from Cox, the city of Tempe’s attorney tried explaining to Cox that their initial agreement with Google gives Google Fiber no such exception to any of the “public safety” issues that Cox complains about.
Now, Cox has officially filed a lawsuit against the city of Tempe. In the lawsuit, Cox claims that the city’s agreement with Google Fiber violates federal and state law because it is beneficial to Google Fiber and therefore establishes a “discriminatory regulatory framework”.
In the lawsuit, Cox also wants everyone to know that they themselves are starting to expand their own own gigabit broadband service called “G1GABLAST”. According to Cox, they have been trying to provide this to residents of Tempe for “10 months” and the city “has refused the grant necessary permissions to Cox” so that construction may begin. No other details were provided in the lawsuit by Cox.
Additionally, Cox wants everyone to know that residents of Tempe “should have the opportunity to get television and internet service from providers who are willing and able to meet the same government rules and regulations.” Nevermind that Cox has a rather rich and extensive history of doing whatever they can to limit competition from entering their areas.
- In Louisiana, Cox was fighting the city of Lafayette from starting their own fiber program. When the city put the issue to a vote, a TV station noted that multiple residents were being approached at the polls and told, “If the government controls the cable TV, you may not be able to watch TV except on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday ’cause they could ration your TV watching.”
- When the city of Lakeland, Ohio, agreed to a franchise agreement with AT&T for a new broadband project, Cox sent a list of 31 objections, most of which were irrelevant.
- When a small video service began providing TV service to several Casino’s in Las Vegas, Cox decided to threaten legal action because they needed a “level playing field” even though they operated a massive monopoly on the Vegas market.