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?
Sometimes cities own most of the poles. I have never heard of electric companies granting exclusive access but perhaps cities sometimes do.
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?