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93388818
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Of course

bash bash bash - everyone bash the big bad telco!

Why not let them lay the fiber, while you figure out the video issues? Video was just one of the services they wanted to offer on this transport.
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oliphant
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Because part of the franchise agreement is often who the provider would have to serve within the community; purpose being protecting the citizens from the telco cherry picking residents who are convenient to serve while ignoring those who aren't.

Also the franchise agreement may have requirments as to minimum levels of service and customer service, again to protect the consumers.

A franchise agreement is a small cost for the telco to be granted a money tree by the government who owns the dirt the wires go in, out, through and around.

A muni infrastructure solution would solve all of this as then content providers would have to compete without the B.S. of who gets served and who doesn't.

The telcos want their cake and to eat it too. Screw them. If they want to make money in that community, they should have to follow some very basic rules which include franchise agreements.



marigolds
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said by 93388818:

bash bash bash - everyone bash the big bad telco!

Why not let them lay the fiber, while you figure out the video issues? Video was just one of the services they wanted to offer on this transport.
AT&T won't lay the fiber if they can't offer video.
Broadband is a money loser.
Video is a cash cow.
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ross7

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said by marigolds:

Broadband is a money loser.
Video is a cash cow.
So far, exactly the opposite for Telcos.


marigolds
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Is broadband really making money for the telcos or just revenue?
It always seemed that voice was still the both the big revenue and profit margin for the telcos. There involvement with video is still too new to really judge that yet, but dish and cable show that it works pretty well (even if the providers are taking the biggest piece of revenue).
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