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I believe in nationalizing those public necessities which by their very nature are too important to be held in the control of private individuals. By these I mean banking, credit and currency, power, light, oil and natural gas and our God-given natural resources. National Union of Social Justice; Charles E. Coughlin
We have lost control over our own power. We have surrendered the decisions about where electricity is sold—and for how much, to private companies with only one objective: maximizing unheard-of profits. Gray Davis
I believe in municipal ownership of all public service monopolies for the same reason that I believe in the municipal ownership of waterworks, of parks, of schools. I believe in the municipal ownership of these monopolies because if you do not own them, they will own you. They will rule your politics, corrupt your institutions, and finally destroy your liberties. Tom L. Johnson
If you want the light [electricity], you will have to pay for it every month. Amakuade Wyete Ajeman Labie II
At least when you have public utilities, the money they take stays in the community. Peter Gleik
Water is the worst thing to privatize. It’s what we need to live. Clair Muler
There are certain domains which are so vital to the well-being of citizens that they must be kept out of the private sector and the law of supply and demand. Marine Le Pen
… some of us even think it is fair to expect a few people to pay more than they need to pay for a given commodity in order that a greater number of people may receive that commodity at a lower price to all. Eleanor Roosevelt
Complex systems work until the day that they don’t work. Eric Schlosser
I esteem it my duty to use every endeavor to prevent this growing monopoly [electric power], the most threatening which has ever appeared, from being fastened upon the people of this nation. Theodore Roosevelt
Today, it’s the little guy who looks to be in danger. The Internet service providers—like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T—have long pushed to create “speed lanes” online. If you run a website and want to make sure your connection moves swiftly to the end user, you’d need to pay these companies an extra fee. If you don’t pay? Your signal might not move as fast as you’d like. The Federal Communications Commission this spring drafted rules that would allow for fast and slow lanes. If they take effect, it would be the end of “net neutrality” … Clive Thompson
A healthy national infrastructure requires not just competent engineers but also a government—and a public—willing to pay for it. Henry Petroski
It eliminatesall prohibitions against blockingandthrottling (slowing down) applicationsby broadband providers, and enables them to engage inpaid prioritization and unreasonable discrimination at the point of interconnection.It ignoresthousands of consumer complaints and millions of individual comments that ask the FCC to save net neutrality and uphold the principles that all traffic should be created equal. [It] I Increases uncertainty for consumers, ensuring that broadband providers could block or throttle at a whim.  Threatens innovation at the edge, by allowing broadband providers to charge tolls to access their customers.  Enables offerings that favor the vertically integrated broadband provider’s own content and services over those of consumers and innovators who rely on the Internet to grow their own businesses and stay informed.  Prevents states and localities from adopting any related consumer protections –an action that is likely unlawful.  Undoes the light-touch, court-approved Title II classification of broadband Internet access service that was modeled on the wildly-successful approach to mobile voice, and returnsto an unregulated approach where broadband providers reign supreme and customers with complaints have no redress at the FCC. Mignon L. Clyburn