JEA’s Expansion Into Private Enterprise Once Again

On Thursday, June 28th 2012, the Jackson Energy Authority, besides raising your electrical bill by over 1% for the month, decided that private industry needed some additional competition and voted to enter into the home pc networking business. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, communism is now the new vogue for the city of Jackson and Madison County. This new service, which is in direct competition with every small business dealing in computer technologies and service, is now available from your county wide municipality. Think the communist statement a bit on the bold side. All right lets look it up as my dad would say.

Communism is a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state, as stated by one dictionary. Webster’s defines it as: a: a theory advocating elimination of private property b: a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed Aster, a very nice young lady down the street, states that communism is a form of government where everything is shared equally with all citizens. Everyone earns the same wage regardless of position, no one owns property but the state, and everyone lives at a similar level. No poor, no rich…. all middle class. She also said it’s a fools dream.

Jackson Energy Authority by definition is a municipality, as Webster defines as a primarily urban political unit having corporate status and usually powers of self-government.

The state of Tennessee equally defines it as such although its original intent was to limit this to only representative forms of government such as cities. This is meaningless to most of those within the city or county that subscribe to JEA’s telecom services. To you it is no more than an added benefit, which you will pay for, available to having JEA supply you with telecom service.

JEA’s aim is to attack small businesses and relieve them of the business of supplying residents with networking services.

If this were a private industry, I would commend them for their vision; but it is not. And as far as the next election process that comes forward, I will ask those that seek my vote, what did they do to prevent this expansion of government into private enterprise.

Below is the presentation to the board:

Jackson Energy Authority Meeting of the Board of Directors June 28, 2012

Resolution adopting the Telecommunications R-l Internet rate schedule to include Home Area Network service rates


The incorporation of Wi-Fi wireless technology in consumer electronics such as smart televisions, laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and wireless printers eliminates the need for these devices be hardwired to the customer home data network. Consumers are embracing this technology due to the mobility it affords within the home, but often experience problems and frustration with inconsistent network performance.

Properly configuring a wireless network can be a daunting task and leads many customers to frustration, increased service calls to JEA, and even risks to the customers if they fail to properly secure their wireless network.

In step with the goal to provide best-in-class customer service, the Telecommunications Division has recognized the proliferation of the devices in the market and the associated need to offer home area network support to its customers.

Monthly subscription to this service will include the installation and support of JEA-owned wireless networking equipment within the customer’s premise.

Additionally, installation and support items will include configuration of wireless security, anti-virus software installation, setup of Internet parental controls and connection of up to ten Wi-Fi devices on the network.

Management recommends the following rates for home area network support:

$15.00 per month Home Area Network Service

$ 60.00 Install Base Wireless Router

$100.00 Install Advanced Wireless Router

$ 60.00 Install Wi-Fi Range Extender

$125.00 Install Wi-Fi Access Point

$ 50.00 Install Wi-Fi USB Adapter

Recommended Resolution:

RESOLVED, That the Board adopts and approves adjustments in the Internet rates to incorporate home area network service pricing as shown on the attached R-1 rate schedule, effective August 1,2012. Approval was unanimous.

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