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Municipalities can improve the quality of their services by municipalizing communications utilities.
The city can now for the first time seriously consider the possibility of municipalizing the electric system in Long Beach.
Forced to take further action by the threat of closure and a petition of 1,500 signatures from workers who relied upon the Societe, the city officially recognized the importance of this virtually bankrupt private charity by municipalizing the service in 1913.
There's no need for cities to take the backward step of municipalizing in the face of this emerging open marketplace -- not to mention assuming the unnecessary financial risk and imposing additional taxes on city residents to fund a municipal utility," Foster concluded.