Of Streetcars and Landlines

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Let’s not forget the devastating destruction of our extensive streetcar networks in the 20th century at the hands of corporate forces pushing cars and buses, which were considered more technologically “advanced.”

Now, we are paying billions to replace those light rail systems that were destroyed in the 30’s and 40’s but in hindsight should have been maintained.  How much will it cost to replace the copper landline network and infrastructure in the future when  the public refuses to accept poor quality, lack of reliability, and health risks from wireless technology? The destruction of the landline network is not a change that is being demanded by the public, who enjoy having the option of a landline for secure communication. It is yet another case of corporate profit over public services.

This time, however, we have a chance to stop it!

Watch Taken for a Ride below — a documentary about the corporate plot to dismantle our streetcar networks, and think about how manipulated ideas of “progress” lead to major policy blunders, and how high quality services can be sacrificed for expedience and profit.