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Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:42

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reply to Duramax08

Re: Lack of competition in broadband, Get out of here!

Oh good, we're using old FCC logic. So many people will be glad to know they secretly have the choice of 7-8 ISPs.

3G and 4G aren't real home choices as the industry is moving toward incredibly low and punitive caps.

Meanwhile, Hughes and Wild Blue are to broadband as Lindsay Lohan is to acting.

Most people have the choice of overpriced DSL or overpriced cable -- and that's if they're lucky.


Duramax08
To The Moon
Premium
join:2008-08-03
San Antonio, TX
They might be some sucky ISP's mostly known for their caps but its better then nothing I guess and people do have a choice, well a limited choice. But dont get me wrong, I would love to have a landline anyday and get rid of my wireless.


BBBanditRuR
Dingbits

join:2009-06-02
Parachute, CO
If ISP's were equal in service (and they're not), then you can pull out the choices act. 1.54 Mbps DSL is not the same as 12 Mbps Cable... If they were equal in service & price, then you can say there's options...

nasadude

join:2001-10-05
Rockville, MD
reply to Karl Bode
actually, if you're lucky you have a choice of overpriced fiber


fg8578

join:2009-04-26
Salem, OR
reply to Karl Bode
So the answer is to demand that telcos and cablecos invest all the money while letting their competitors share in the rewards?

Wow, Title II much?


Camelot One
Premium,MVM
join:2001-11-21
Greenwood, IN
kudos:2
reply to nasadude
said by nasadude:

actually, if you're lucky you have a choice of overpriced fiber
I haven't found fiber to be over priced at all.

sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
kudos:1
reply to fg8578
said by fg8578:

So the answer is to demand that telcos and cablecos invest all the money while letting their competitors share in the rewards?

Wow, Title II much?
The rewards of what? Collecting monopoly rent on infrastructure partly subsidized by the public? Right of ways, tax breaks, a police force that prevents violent retaliation, a court of law that enables the telcos to crush viable competitors- these are all freebies given to corporations.

No corporation has a right to profit, and if Title II makes it easier for competitors to make a profit and build their own network (like Free.fr in France), ultimately lowering prices and benefiting consumers, then it's obvious Title II needs to be enacted.


fg8578

join:2009-04-26
Salem, OR
If you think right of way is free, that makes the rest of your comments suspect.


jazzlady

join:2005-08-04
Tannersville, PA
reply to Karl Bode
said by Karl Bode:

Oh good, we're using old FCC logic. So many people will be glad to know they secretly have the choice of 7-8 ISPs.

Most people have the choice of overpriced DSL or overpriced cable -- and that's if they're lucky.
You're right.

Here are my choices- Verizon 1.5 Mbps DSL.

Cable- which I have. 15/2, $55 a month, with a 50 GB monthly cap.

Wow. Glad I have so much to choose from... :-(