Comments on news posted 2014-04-08 13:23:32: With a 180-page filing (pdf) and a blog post, Comcast today formally made their sales pitch to regulators regarding approval of Comcast's planned $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. ..
Let's see... Since I live in Houston, I "SHOULD" have 32 companies working directly against each other so that I can gain satisfactory service at a low cost.
In reality, I have only one company of both POTS and cable service. POTS: Ma Bell (officially known as Southwestern Bell Telephone and AT&T Texas) Cable: "Wavevision" formerly known as TVMax that sucks and received 2 FCC notices as of April 2012.
That chart is obviously misleading. Unless you reside in every part of a metropolitan area, it's not possible to have that many providers. There are sections of a metro that will have different incumbent providers. Franchise agreements will vary by city.
Realistically (in most cases) you have one Telco and one Cable provider that can offer internet (in some cases you have a CLEC that can use ILEC copper, but that's usually a subpar choice). Outside of that, if you're lucky, there might be an independent ISP using their own infrastructure, but that's only common in multi-dwelling environments.
Otherwise you're left with wireless carriers, and those are not exactly ideal options for primary connectivity.
The whole cable franchise system is ridiculous. Cable should be treated like a gas/electric utility. You get the pipe/wire to your home and you pick any provider. -- "We're going to start at one end of (Fallujah), and we're not going to stop until we get to the other. If there's anybody left when that happens, we're going to turn around and we're going to go back and finish it." Lt. Col. Pete Newell: 1st Inf. US Army
Competition is the key. Classify ISPs as public utilities, and problem solved!
We are rapidly approaching the point where Internet access is required in order to function properly in our society. So much of our government and business is already becoming only accessible via the Internet, that it needs to be reclassified as a public utility.
Here in NY, we can choose which Electric and natural gas company we purchase from. The electricity and gas is carried by the wires and pipes originally installed by Con Edison. Somehow, I can purchase power and gas from a number of competing utility companies. I get knocks on my door from ESCO sales people offering me better electric rates all the time.
If Internet access was treated like any other utility, and one could buy access from any provider, then competition would increase exponentially overnight, and it wouldn't matter how big an ISP got, they would have to compete with a huge number of companies.
I should be able to purchase access from any ISP in the country, no matter who put the wires under the public streets here, in the same way other utilities are regulated. It would be an easy fix!
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All it shows is all of the providers in a geography. The problem is how none of these providers aside from 1 Telco (typically Ex-Ma Bell or Ex-GTE) + 1 CATV MSO overlap at any one point, or sometimes only the Telco is available.
Overbuilding is rare, it happens, but good luck finding them.
What they are doing is lumping ALL competing companies into one bucket. What they fail to mention is that the overwhelming majority of those companies do not serve residential customers. -- I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.
Yeah... It's interesting that they list AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink as providing for the Phoenix Metro area. (Glendale/Phoenix/Mesa and a dozen or so other municipalities.) In the entire Phoenix Metro Area, CL controls all of the wireline access to my knowledge.
I wonder if they're really counting AT&T and Verizon's LTE services as broadband competition, or if the "Metropolitain Statistical Area" includes pretty massively outlying areas. (Like Casa Grande, AZ -- although CL also has Casa Grande at the moment.)
I have 3 options on my street (TWC, SureWest, Google Fiber - Uverse is in my zipcode but not my street). TWC isn't even trying to compete with Google. They now offer 100/5 but want $95 for it vs $70 for Google 1000/1000.
BTW, for those who haven't seen my Google Fiber review in KC, check it out. They really do deliver near 1Gbit...
$70 symmetric gigabit from Comcast? Better and cheaper video content? I think not.. There are no grandiose benefits of Comcast getting any bigger (other than Comcast making piles more Cash they don't deserve). Infact, they should give back NBC. FAR TOO MUCH propaganda media is in the hands of far too few companies and/or individuals already. The garbage for what passes as entertainment these days is so watered down (in both NEW AND OLD MEDIA types) that all the programming boils down to (cable & broadcast tv) is about 6 - 9 hours of decent programming per week that any one person might be interested in with a sea of junk thrown in and you're forced to buy it ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. Free ota content is not free.. you pay for it with your viewing time on commercials.. that is unless you download the shows via bittorrent and strip out what never should have been there in the first place.
The deal makes Comcast tens of millions of dollars more than they already do per quarter. This is just as good as taking a dump on the American people and claiming Americans needed fertilizer just like Steve Jobs said the world needed billions of dolllars of "I" products. Which, with the guerilla warfare marketing tactics (which AGRESSIVELY ATTACKED any criticisms or common sense reviews of the products) promoted by wall street, the American people fell for hook, line and sinker.
The world needs MUCH less extracting PROFITS at any cost and more providing a valued service or product at a reasonable price (let's forget cut-throat dirt cheap prices for the moment as in the 99 cent stores). Following this plan, we would have seen 300 - 500 megabit internet in the northeast in 2012 for btw $50 and $99. Instead you have to line up for 15 megabit internet for $70 from Verizon. When lies and deception are the norms for business practices, it makes a shady car salesman look like a pillar of the community.
I was making a correlation between electric "monopolies" and ISP "monopolies". We have competition now with electric and gas where before we had none. The same can be accomplished with the Internet, where we currently have no competition. If I want Internet, I have Cablevision ONLY. A couple of miles from here, folks have TWC ONLY.