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rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Faster Internet & Fair Rules

... existing providers often control poles to which competitors need access ...
Does anyone have further information on this? I thought the electric company owned the poles and cable paid a fee to hang their wires. Does cable sign an exclusive agreement with the electric company to prevent others from using them?

silbaco
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join:2009-08-03
USA
Sometimes cities own most of the poles. I have never heard of electric companies granting exclusive access but perhaps cities sometimes do.

rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
The article uses the word "provider" and "competitors" which implies the existing cable provider is preventing competitor access.

Perhaps some cities also provide cable? In that case are they a provider and refuse competition?