Marshall Criser: Communication bill will attract new business

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A lot has changed in the telecommunications industry during the past few years. There are many new communications providers entering the market, offering deals and choices for consumers. Even AARP offers phone service and now has an app for iPhones and iPads, demonstrating that consumers of all ages are communicating these days and keeping up with changing technology.

Consumers are demanding services and products that reflect the way they live and work; however, without regulatory reform in the telecommunications arena, Florida will continue to have rotary-dial laws in an iPhone world.

Legislation introduced in Tallahassee this session by Sen. David Simmons and Rep. Mike Horner would modernize these outdated laws, encouraging investment and innovation from all providers. If passed, this legislation would help make Florida a state-of-choice for companies, such as AT&T and many of our competitors when faced with decisions about where to invest.

By passing telecommunications regulatory reform legislation, the Legislature will make our state a compelling place for businesses to expand, relocate and become active in Florida? workforce. The state will become a place where those businesses can compete head-to-head.

How can Floridians spur job creation? How can we make the Sunshine State a magnet for investment? I believe the answer is by passing the Regulatory Reform Act this session.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.