Can You Hear Us NOW?

January 4th, 2010



“The city isn’t suing [AT&T] on behalf of the customers, of course (though even that would be sort of silly). It’s suing on the notion that when a customer doesn’t use up all of a product or service they purchase, the remainder belongs to the government. So they want the company to pay what the minutes are worth to the D.C. government…”

The highway robbers city government essentially wants to tax AT&T, but can’t or won’t levy a tax honestly. So they are trying to confiscate it under the medieval concept of “escheat”.

This ancient concept might work for an abandoned house with no heir, but this is a contract between two living parties, with the city merely muscling in to demand protection money.

Note to DC newlyweds: you might want to consummate the marriage before the city council rediscovers the medieval legal custom of Droit de seigneur.

Just sayin’. Can you hear me now?

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  1. January 4th, 2010 at 21:28 | #1
    If I were running AT&T, I would immediately order all service to D.C. disconnected until an apology was forthcoming.

    But I'm a hardass like that.

  2. January 4th, 2010 at 21:40 | #2
    They don't have enough brain surgeons for all the head-popping if we got to run things for a day, Randy.
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