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Bill Dollar

join:2009-02-20
New York, NY

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He has no plan for competition

This interview is telling. Kudos to Steven Levy for actually following up on Genachowski's verbal diahareaa a couple of times.

But, look... his plan for competition is the same as Micheal Powell and Kevin Martin's... the mythical "third pipe."
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Wired: But the competitive structure itself is such that no one is willing to deliver the kinds of speeds at the kinds of prices that we’re seeing elsewhere there.

Genachowski: There are reasons, absolutely, to be concerned. The barriers to entry in this area are high. Building networks is very expensive; you can’t do it as an entrepreneur in your garage. A reason to be hopeful lies in the potential of global broadband to provide more competition throughout the ecosystem. As the next generation of mobile broadband rolls out, if we can get it to roll out quickly, if it rolls out universally, and if it hits high enough speeds, it could become a legitimate substitute for people who have wired broadband, in the way that wireless telephone service is becoming a substitute for wired, and that’s providing some competition.
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His first answer, transparency leading to more informed consumers, didn't fly with the reporter. So what does he do? He tells us that we should be "hopeful"; that "if" mobile BB is a) rolled out quickly; b) is made universally available; and c) if it hits high enough speeds, that it *could* become a substitute for wired, and provide competition.

Genachowski is living in fantasy land. This sounds nice, but LTE won't be our savior in next gen broadband no more than 3G was in current gen. It won't be a viable substitute, and the providers have every incentive to not make it one.

He just showed he could care less about consumers. He wants there to be more transparency, so you know better how you are getting ripped off, and he's got some of that good Obama-Administration "Hope" that the 3rd Pipe Fairy will come and save us all, at last.



Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:38

While LTE will certainly do more than BPL yeah -- always with the miraculous "fourth pipe" that will rush in at the last second and save the day, no matter which party is running the FCC.



FFH
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5
reply to Bill Dollar

Here is the only thing that will come from the broadband plan:

Wired: Will you ask for a universal service fund for broadband?

Genachowski: The universal service fund over the last several decades has promoted near-universal deployment of telephone service in our country. It needs to be transformed to a broadband universal service fund. That’s the path that we’ll lay out in the broadband plan, transforming it over time so that it doesn’t support yesterday’s communications technology but supports tomorrow’s. We’ll be suggesting options to do it over 10 years or faster.
Unfortunately, the usf will be revamped and expanded to increase the tax burden on internet users; cellphone users; and telephone users and the extra usf money will be doled out in those favored congressional districts so that the pols voting for this can send some pork to their home districts.


Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:38

One person familiar with the plan tells me they believe there will be a new $1 fee (or more) levied on each broadband connection. I'll give you one guess where the majority of that money is going to go. AT&T and Verizon have been lobbying to "reform" the USF for five years, but their version of "reform" involves more money going to them, less money going to small carriers, and the same level of FCC accountability in tracking money expenditures we've grown used to...



FFH
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

said by Karl Bode:

One person familiar with the plan tells me they believe there will be a new $1 fee (or more) levied on each broadband connection. I'll give you one guess where the majority of that money is going to go. AT&T and Verizon have been lobbying to "reform" the USF for five years, but their version of "reform" involves more money going to them, less money going to small carriers, and the same level of FCC accountability in tracking money expenditures we've grown used to...
Seems we agree once again.


Bill Neilson
Premium
join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA
reply to Karl Bode

Of course it does....we shouldn't be shocked that the major corporations are running this train

They have for some time now and will continue in the future