Yesterday, in a case brought by the Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, the Supremes held that states may preclude cities and counties from providing telecom services. See my post below on "Defeat for Government-Owned Telecoms." General Nixon summed up the heart of his win in the Supreme Court yesterday this way: "The real message here is, they [cities and counties] have to get permission to exceed what their core purpose is. They have enough trouble with sewers and police." Amen.