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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
to put an end to publicly-funded broadband networks, arguing (without irony) such networks hurt competition. AT&T (
), Time Warner Cable (
), Windstream (
), and Comcast (
) are some of the incumbents to have mounted lobbying efforts, which have led at least 19 states to place restrictions on public broadband investments.
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JOHNTBAKERJR wrote "Perhaps though, the Government can bargain with the broadbands and telecoms to withdraw/abstain from public broadband in exchange for the telecoms implementing full nationwide coverage."
Been there done that... In exchange for Verizon entering the long distance market, they agreed to provide fiber to the home for the entire network and it was to be completed by 2010. And what do we have, currently they are agreeing to stay out of it, ie no new DSL service and very little new FIOS service except for businesses, and let the cable companies cover it. For a couple of years now the FCC has a TAC or Technical Working Group studying how are going to end their regulated land line business.
On the current path of development, we will have more of the same. Internet access is very expensive and slow compared to other countries, and many places can't get speeds better than dialup which was available in the mid to late 90's.
We need a fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure, and it's not going to happen unless we upset the incumbent business interests. If we ever do get the FTTH, it should be open such that any ISP can provide the Internet Protocol (
) service, email, video and whatever service.
Mar 11 07:11 AM
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