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Florida Deregulates Telegraph

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Turkeytop
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Florida Deregulates Telegraph

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:31 pm

More deregulation. This is going too far.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The telegraph era in Florida is ending without a flash. Not even a flicker, really.

It’s more like a snicker.

The Florida Senate sent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis a bill Thursday that removes an entire chapter of state law regulating the telegraph industry, including $50 penalties for not promptly delivering messages.

In the days before hashtags, texts and FaceTime chats, telegraphs were a big deal. Western Union completed the first transcontinental telegraph line in 1861, dealing a death blow to the struggling Pony Express, which began operations the year before.

Florida laws regarding telegraphs haven’t had any substantial changes since 1913, and there haven’t been any court opinions involving the statutes since 1945, according to a legislative staff analysis.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/florida- ... a30fc5c81f


During the middle ages they celebrated the end of the plague with wine and orgies. Does anyone know if there is anything planned when this one ends?

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Re: Florida Deregulates Telegraph

Post by JackAttack FM » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:01 pm

It doesn't matter.
The FCC already scraped telegraph regulations three years ago.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKBN1CO2XE

And the feds were the ones to regulate interstate communication anyway.

About the only thing Florida could enforce would be to fine someone for not delivering a message quickly.



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Re: Florida Deregulates Telegraph

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:20 pm

It's still a big mistake to deregulate the telegraph industry. Abuses will be rampant.


During the middle ages they celebrated the end of the plague with wine and orgies. Does anyone know if there is anything planned when this one ends?

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Re: Florida Deregulates Telegraph

Post by km1125 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:03 pm

A great example of why most laws should have sunset provisions and need to be updated or replaced every "x" years. Give legislatures more things to do than just sit there trying to come up with new laws.



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