Today's Gazette reports an attempt to wrest control of Pepco's remaining cash cow streetlight monopoly. Some local governments in Maryland, fed up with poor service and high costs want to take over ownership and maintenance of the streetlights. A bill to enable just that passed the Maryland Senate in the previous session but was held up in a house committee. Pepco is under threat of a revived bill if they don't clean up their act.
The District of Columbia Government took over ownership and maintenance of their streetlights in 1984 as part of negotiations during a big rate deal.