The other sections give the board the right to make the connection; the only question, therefore, is as to the terms upon which the connection is made.
I do not look upon this section as interfering with competition or as being intended to prevent competition.
I think my hon. friend will agree with me, if he has ever tried to do business in a city where they have a competitive telephone system, that it is a nuisance to the subscriber and to the man who tries to do business over it; the people do not get nearly the same satisfaction they would get from a single telephone system. I have no intention whatever of preventing competition, but, generally speaking, I think the day for competition in telephone lines within a circumscribed area in a city is over. The public have tried it on more than one occasion, and it has nearly always failed.