I was rather surprised to see the UTOPIA legislation get tabled at today's meeting. Given that this issue has consumed a significant amount of time at each meeting I've attended and has received a significant amount of public comment, I would think any proposals on the table would have been ready to go. Based on some observations outside of the official committee proceedings, I think Qwest is up to something.
For starters, I noticed that the Qwest rep would re-enter the room shortly after a member of the committee would. I also observed him having a one-on-one conversation with Sen. Stephenson during the lunch break. It's worrisome enough when legislation starts being discussed outside of a public hearing, but that Qwest may have been a major force behind that concerns me even more. Just what are they up to? Will there be sufficient chance for public review, or will this be rushed through via a "boxcar" bill? We stand at a serious risk of seeing some stealth anti-UTOPIA legislation pushed through in the 11th hour.
It's critically important that EVERYONE write, call and e-mail their elected representatives to express their opinion on UTOPIA and get to legislators before Qwest has a chance to. They want a fight? By golly we'll give them one.