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tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
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this is where regulation comes in..

Another carrier should be allowed to build a last mile network without being shoved aside by incumbents. No amount of telcom lobbying and state level laws should be allowed to block a 3rd carrier from deploying a fiber or coax network. docsis 3 is about to leave u-verse in the dust.. 50mbit tiers are becoming the norm in the northeast (by next year). uverse tops out at 24/3. Comcast which overlaps AT&T in a majority of it's footprint offers 50/5 which is double and could (in a competitive marketplace offer that for the same or lower price than AT&T offers 24/3 and that's IF your copper line qualifies). Absent this kind of competition, a 3rd carrier should be allowed to build a network.

Wish google would get off their ass and just release the service, even if there are some problems with it... which can be fixed along the way!
sbcretired

join:2006-01-07
Scottville, MI
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·AT&T U-Verse
·AT&T Midwest

Re: this is where regulation comes in..

In my small rural town, ATT just finished running fiber to all the cell towers. They could have had Remote DSLAM's on the way and offered DSL to countless folks out in the country. NOPE, heck, they could have had noise free voice lines way out in the country using remotes... NOPE.
They are after 4G, so they can out do Verizon on Cell data..
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: this is where regulation comes in..

and its smart to deploy the wireless network for data. Why keep maintaining an aging wire line network when they can move to wireless and kill that expensive last mile?
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
GOOG finally find out how hard it is to build. The day will come when they finally give up on that network.

And actual providers are allowed to build out. But the ROI is VERY LITTLE to nothing. Look at RCN- how many times have they been sold do to that? They even went into bankruptcy protection for a while because of it. And wireless would work for these people. You do NOT need a wired connection any longer to get high speeds.
biochemistry
Premium
join:2003-05-09
92361

Re: this is where regulation comes in..

Most ppl would take lower speeds and higher to no caps. Low caps will always be the rule for wireless.
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: this is where regulation comes in..

And yet you won't get DSL in these rural areas. It's not ROI friendly and ATT would KILL itself to build this out. The Shareholders will fire the CEO and anyone else with a half baked idea of building out a HSI wireline network in the boonies.

And not always true- you'll only have the caps if you're using cellular data. If they did NOT put it on ATT Mobility and made it part of at&t U-Verse they could put the caps as they are with U-Verse.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

Re: this is where regulation comes in..

AT&T wants to go from costly $10/month 768kbit/128kbit unlimited DSL to $10/Gigabyte overages. If you were a greedy, unethical corporation, which would you choose?
elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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said by tmc8080:

Another carrier should be allowed to build a last mile network without being shoved aside by incumbents. No amount of telcom lobbying and state level laws should be allowed to block a 3rd carrier from deploying a fiber or coax network. docsis 3 is about to leave u-verse in the dust.. 50mbit tiers are becoming the norm in the northeast (by next year). uverse tops out at 24/3. Comcast which overlaps AT&T in a majority of it's footprint offers 50/5 which is double and could (in a competitive marketplace offer that for the same or lower price than AT&T offers 24/3 and that's IF your copper line qualifies). Absent this kind of competition, a 3rd carrier should be allowed to build a network.

Carriers and overbuilders are not prohibited from wiring a last mile network.
The problem remains the same - subscribers aren't willing to pay.
The answer is LTE, not taxing your neighbors.

maartena
Elmo
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join:2002-05-10
Orange, CA
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This is how it happens in Europe in several countries. The national carrier owns the lines, but anyone is allowed to operate their product on it. Granted, it is still depending on the telco whether VDSL2+ or ADSL is available, but if VDSL2+ is available, they are not allowed to monopolize it, and have to allow other companies to deploy their VDSL, either with or without voice and/or tv.

Example: In the Netherlands KPN owns the network, but 3d party providers like Tele2 are allowed to deliver internet AND television to customers.

Unfortunately, in this country regulation is a four-letter-word among House Republicans, who historically always have sided with the big companies like AT&T.

Things like net neutrality, open networks, competition, etc.... is not going to happen as long as big lobbyists control Washington.
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