Long Beach, CA
hastily written rebuttal
Putting regulatory authority in every county raises prices by forcing companies to adopt distinct procedures and policies in every municipality. If it is so good to have regulatory authority in every city, why not let every city block have regulatory authority?
If you force people to buildout in areas where the demand or low and/or the cost of installation is high, it raises prices. Why force companies to install service where people don't care if they have it?
The fact is when buildout requirements force companies to provide service in unprofitable areas, someone pays. Everyone else.
Hmm.. why does AT&T ignore local franchises? Because they lose money. End of story.
gotta go. by.
How exactly are you determining "where people don't care to have it"? Again, AT&T and other telcos are not forced to install service anywhere. They can choose to deploy or not.
Not exactly true, In the Great state of Kentucky, the PSC will step in and require" Bellsouth" or "The New At&t",which ever you prefer, to provide telephone service to a customer. In a timely manner too. So you can't generally say we aren't forced to provide basic service.
I was speaking about deploying video services - not phone.