reply to jaminus
Re: McDowell uses what (usually) works: FEAR
said by jaminus:Do you even know what you're talking about - The Feds were the ones responsible for disassembling Ma Bell back in the 80s. Do you think for one microsecond that if that had not happened the Internet would have had a snowball's hope in hell of ever becoming what it is today?
In a sense, McDowell does have a point, though. Look at the history of regulation as it applies to private infrastructure. Once politicians start meddling with competitive forces, the status-quo is entrenched at the expense of progress. Consider Plain Old Telephone Service, which remained largely stagnant for decades on account of Ma Bell's entrenched monopoly status.
Um, no. Ma Bell agreed to split up after fighting it for 14 years.
And exactly how did that have anything to do with the CABLE INDUSTRY coming in and basically creating the HSD industry in the US by providing people with affordable home HSD?
EVERY phone switch installed for the last 30 YEARS has been capable of ISDN, yet the phone companies REFUSED a general roll out of it, until it was to late and the cable companies made ISDN speeds look silly (and expensive). EVERY RBOC had ZERO plans to sell affordable HSD to consumers, until the cable companies jumped in.
Thank the CABLE COMPANIES for bringing competition and INNOVATION to HSD, without them you would still be paying $80 a month OR MORE for ISDN (if you could even get it).
Do you even know what you're talking about - The Feds were the ones responsible for disassembling Ma Bell back in the 80s. Do you think for one microsecond that if that had not happened the Internet would have had a snowball's hope in hell of ever becoming what it is today?
Actually, if wikipedia is to be believed, Silver Surfer is right:
The rest of the telephone monopoly lasted until final settlement of a 1974 United States Department of Justice antitrust suit against AT&T on January 8, 1982, under which AT&T ("Ma Bell") agreed to divest its local exchange service operating companies, in return for a chance to go into the computer business (see AT&T Computer Systems). AT&T's local operations were split into seven independent Regional Bell Operating Companies known as "Baby Bells"..
Note: Bold mine.
So the US government did disassemble AT&T. Unless Wikipedia is wrong (which it could be)...then it needs some editin'...