Published on August 19, 2014
Introduction - - Freedom… While it is a simple concept, wars have been waged to establish and preserve it. Every American instinctively cherishes, demands and expects freedom…yet at times takes it for granted. Competition is a form of freedom that is the cornerstone of the American economic system. Competition makes strong companies stronger and causes weaker companies to fall by the way side. Competition demands that successful companies innovate to deliver the best goods, services and technology (that otherwise would not have been developed) to the marketplace. Competition works because it empowers consumers to exercise another freedom, the freedom of choice, in the market place. Together, these freedoms result in the delivery of the highest quality product to the consumer at the best possible price. As a result, the needs of the many are met. Some nations criticize this aspect of the American system yet at the same time envy it because it allows us to rise to meet any challenge. Texans value competition and have built it into the One Call Law. Texas is the only state that has specifically provided for multiple call centers in its damage prevention program. In this issue of the Maverick, we look at how this system works. While both providers take excavation information and deliver it to the member facility operators they serve, there are some very large differences in the products they provide, technologies they use, services they offer and prices they charge. Some philosophers believe that people evolve as a result of the freedom of choice. The first step in making any decision based on choice is to know what is available. We hope that you enjoy this issue of the Maverick and if you do, please pass it along to others to read.