Well, actually it’s not my idea, but the person who gave it to me probably doesn’t want me to disclose his identity. Anyway, here’s the brilliant idea. The AT&T/BellSouth merger will require approval of the FTC. No doubt the FTC will approve the deal, but when these sorts of controversial mergers occur it’s often a time to get something out of the deal.
So how about if us everyday citizens extract a little quid pro quo for losing some major competition in the telecom world? How about if we all bombard the FTC with objections and say that, at a minimum, approval of the merger should be conditioned on AT&T agreeing not to oppose efforts to establish municipal wireless.