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tshirt
Premium,MVM
join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:5
Reviews:
·Comcast

1 recommendation

Not really unreasonable...

"AT&T insists they simply want to see PSTN regulations modernized for an all IP age"

Of course they want out of a situation where expensive upgrades or even maintaince advantages line sharing compeitors more than themselves.
people need to get over the "years of tax breaks" which were part of the payments to the company for meeting gov't demands...universal service...hardened networks for gov't and military and "certain" institutional intelligence systems.

In fact PSTN regulations must be updated to include all the different last mile solution methods and providers to assure at least one is properly compensated for providing a robust, modern, and capable connection to every home (most homes, those that CHOOSE to live off the grid must provide their own solution at their own expense)= true universal service.
The same regulators can assure equalized cost sharing among users and fair rate setting by service providers.


Telco

join:2008-12-19
Reviews:
·Callcentric

It's a joke and this just makes the case for muni or state FTTH more credible and even necessary.

With the exception of shareholders and c-level management, the private sector (status quo) in these areas has been nothing but a huge failure for the American people and our progress and prosperity.


TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH
Reviews:
·AT&T U-Verse
·MegaPath

Why do you need munis or the gov't in general providing it? Why not create a Co-Op and do it yourself? Socialism doesn't work for everything, including Internet. It is NOT a required utility nor is the TV. Hell Phone isn't either. There are plenty that do without this day.


Telco

join:2008-12-19
Reviews:
·Callcentric

1 edit

1 recommendation

Typically seniors, tin foil or doomsday preper types, or folks out in rural America do not utilize the internet today.

said by TBBroadband:

Socialism doesn't work for everything, including Internet.

Based on what example though? Unfortunately, the gut-feelings of Glen Beck, faux news, Alex Jones and Rush do not count as legitimate quantifiable examples.


cdru
Go Colts
Premium,MVM
join:2003-05-14
Fort Wayne, IN
kudos:7

1 recommendation

reply to TBBroadband

said by TBBroadband:

Why not create a Co-Op and do it yourself? Socialism doesn't work for everything, including Internet.

I find it amusing that you suggest creating a co-op, but then say socialism might not work. A co-op can be considered a form of socialism where no one individual or body owns property, but is instead controlled by the group.


WHT

join:2010-03-26
Rosston, TX
kudos:5
reply to Telco

said by Telco:

Typically seniors, ..... or folks out in rural America do not utilize the internet today.

As a WISP operator, I can tell you that you are very mistaken.


tshirt
Premium,MVM
join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:5
reply to Telco

So raise money and start your own service.
To say "They suck, SOMEBODY should do better"
is a cop out(old school term, I know)
YOU just aren't trying hard enough.


Montezuma

join:2009-11-15
reply to Telco

said by Telco:

Typically seniors, tin foil or doomsday preper types, or folks out in rural America do not utilize the internet today.

said by TBBroadband:

Socialism doesn't work for everything, including Internet.

Based on what example though? Unfortunately, the gut-feelings of Glen Beck, faux news, Alex Jones and Rush do not count as legitimate quantifiable examples.

Are you serious? I live out in a rural area of the metro Atlanta area, and I can assure you that many people out here, including myself, access the Internet, and do so quite a lot. The problem is that most people around me don't have access to DSL/Uverse, cable Internet, or any other, reasonably priced, Internet access. I have to rely on Verizon LTE, and my girlfriend works for AT&T and requires internet access, at home, for her job.

She is 39 and I am 33. While we are still young, I can tell you that many "seniors" access the Internet, however they can, quite often. AT&T doesn't give a shit about any of us out here, and our fifty(plus) year old POTS network is on its way to utter failure. So, believe that AT&T needs to be split up again, or have more harsh regulation placed upon it.

We have a ton of fiber that has been laid around our county, but nothing has been, or apparently will be, done with it. The cable digging equipment was out here, working nonstop, three,or so, years ago. A lot of us were hopeful that some service option as coming, but it was probably AT&T laying fiber for future towers, or future tower upgrades.

I love living where I do. I have a lot of land, and privacy. At this point, I, just like there's like me, ahold be able to retain our lives and property and enjoy what those in slightly more populated areas have been enjoying for 20, or so years. We should also seeing the end of people trying to claim that those of us in rural areas are stupid, imbred, and/or not deserving or interested in Internet service.