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  • Looking to protect the duopoly/near-duopoly positions they have in many U.S. broadband markets, U.S. telcos and cable companies are lobbying hard to put an end to publicly-funded broadband networks, arguing (without irony) such networks hurt competition. AT&T (T), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Windstream (WIN), and Comcast (CMCSA) are some of the incumbents to have mounted lobbying efforts, which have led at least 19 states to place restrictions on public broadband investments. [View news story]
    The gov't is giving non-incumbents hundreds of millions to overbuild existing fiber networks. It has zero benefit for residential broadband (despite that being the 'reason' for the free gov't money) and is just creating more competition (i.e. lower prices) in the gov't/education/business segment.

    Since we all know business services subsidize residential services this all spells bad news for increasing broadband penetration and speeds in rural areas.

    For once, the incumbents aren't just pulling the wool over your eyes.
    Mar 8, 2013. 01:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google Fiber "isn't just an experiment, it's a real business and we're trying to decide where to expand next," says Eric Schmidt. Google's (GOOG) $70/month, 1Gbps, Kansas City service has won plenty of fans, and seems to have tapped a groundswell of frustration towards the offerings of phone/cable duopolies. But the costs of any large-scale launch would be enormous. Schmidt also declares Android is winning the smartphone wars. From a unit share standpoint, he's right, though profit share is a different matter. [View news story]
    Nationwide will never happen, costs are far to large and the moment they start to make planning any significant growth, you will see competition from incumbents. No way they are making money at their current pricing levels. It's certainly possible to see them expand into another larger metro area.
    Dec 13, 2012. 01:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The White House reveals details of its student loan relief plan a day ahead of Pres. Obama's announcement. Monthly payments for some students will be reduced to 10% of discretionary income, debt balances will be forgiven after 20 years of payments, and some students can consolidate their loans with government loans into a single payment with a reduced interest rate.  [View news story]
    So the past 2 years I've spent sending an extra $200/month on top of my minimum in hopes of getting out of this $38k hole sooner, I should have just spent paying the bare minimum because hey, in 20 years, Mr. Gov't will just say bye-bye.

    There are already a ton of ways struggling grads can defer their loans, no need to add more 'rules' on top of that.

    Maybe students need to think about where they are going to school, go to less expensive schools, get more worthwhile degrees and work their way through school

    Dumb, dumb, dumb Obama, you're doing a good job of losing a voter from 2008 who happens to be a recent college grad and started a job in 2009 immediately after graduation from a state college.
    Oct 25, 2011. 06:47 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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