Apparently, communications companies have found local legislators easier targets when trying to make it illegal to give away Internet access for free. Let us be clear about this type of policy: it is not captalist, it is not free market, and it is not good for the public. We are certain that if you probed deeply enough, you could find grounds to jail these servile toadies for bribery and send them to pound-you-in-the-ass prison.
By the logic these companies employ, there should be legislation against public water fountains. If, say SBC communications has such a problem with legitimate capitalism, they should establish operations in Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, or any number of other countries where government power and private interests conspire against We The People. But as far as we are concerned, these companies can go fuck themselves.