|reply to skeechan |
Re: There is no disputing Comcast's history
All industries are not treated equally.. take for instance the retail gasoilne sector which is franchised under an umbrella name.. say for instance ExxonMobile... hence, the bigger you are and the more money you have.. the more overt the public policy (aka US law sways to their favor) Remember a time pre 2002 when gasoline prices never fluctuated more than 10 cents from sea to shining sea? Those days are LONG GONE!
It took Verizon 7 years from the 1996 telecom reform act to decide on FTTP, and another 9 years to squander their reputation on price gouging for wireless and halt FIOS/wireline deployment amid questionable spin-off of copper networks which offloaded BILLIONS in debt. Comcast isn't without their controversial moves to delay deployment of docsis 3 amid no significant competition (sat in mothballs for 5 years). I doubt they are squeaky clean on backing AT&T into a corner on U-Verse either..
I don't think the sherman act will work.. there is a pattern of conduct that goes beyond sherman all the way to racketeering & collusion. This rises to the level of criminal conduct.
Much like in 1996, if you want competition.. there has to be a financial incentive. Tier-1 isp's and 3rd party carriers need to get into the last mile business.. thefore in this case: if these guys can't join 'em.. beat 'em.. that is-- break up comcast, at&t and verizon... big carrot.. but a bigger stick..