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Tip: they weren't building out in large part because competition didn't require them to. And for what it's worth, U-Verse and FiOS expansion into new areas that haven't already signed franchise deals has frozen again. Investment is tied to a lot of things, many of which have nothing to do with regulation. "We won't deploy if you impose regulation X" is a very popular mantra, but it's fairly far removed from reality.
It has already shown that if ILECs are required to share they will NOT build out nor offer anything else.
Many areas are still that way, which again has more to do with a lack of competition and placating investors who don't want to pay for network upgrades than line sharing. Also, if you were right, the small business market where networks are shared daily would see zero growth.
When line sharing was actually required nothing faster than 3meg was offered and most areas were not even able to get that let alone 1.5meg.
Just like MAGIC! Just eliminate the FCC and Utopia flourishes like pixie dust from on high. People seem confused into thinking the FCC is the bane of carriers because they wrist slapped Comcast about throttling. By and large, government policy, from the FTC to FCC, has been of a protectionist nature, artificially propping up a lot of giant companies and throwing billions in unaccountable subsidies their way. Get rid of the FCC and incumbent protectionism will still be the mantra of the government.
And as soon as the new budget passes the FCC will be more stripped of power and the US will have more services than before as the FCC won't be able to push their illegal rules and regulations as they currently are.
Line sharing *IS* required in Canada, and yet Bell and Videotron are both deploying VDSL and DOCSIS 3.0 as fast as they can, pushing fibre closer and closer to homes at a rapid pace. Why? Because of two facts:
1) ILECs and cablecos still make money off wholesale customers. Less, yes, but not nothing.
2) If ILECs stop investing in networks, they'll lose customers to cablecos and cableco wholesalers.
3) If cablecos stop investing in networks, they'll lose customers to ILECs and ILEC wholesalers.
We don't have enough competition to keep pricing reasonable, sure, but we do at least have enough competition to ensure that the duopolies don't sit on their thumbs.
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