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openbox9
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Germany
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reply to The Limit

Re: Perfect Time...

said by The Limit:

...to break up AT&T and Verizon.

What good will that do? It doesn't change the competitive landscape, which is the crux of the issue. It doesn't encourage competitors' entrance into the market...especially in the rural areas that VZ and T want to exit. It all boils down to money and an acceptable ROI.


The Limit
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What would you suggest? My thought is that at least all of that money wouldn't be focused in one place, therefore huge sums of money couldn't be spent lobbying for idiotic bills that do nothing but good for them, but bad for us as customers. I'm all for free market, as long as the free market was actually allowed to work without companies like these scheming in the background with their huge bags of money and undesirable machinations. I'm seriously at a loss for a solution otherwise.
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"We will evaluate these integrals rigorously if we can, and non-rigorously if we must".
---Victor Moll, invited talk, Tom Osler Fest (April 17, 2010)



SlowFITL

join:2012-02-01
Mobile, AL
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·AT&T Southeast

said by The Limit:

What would you suggest? My thought is that at least all of that money wouldn't be focused in one place, therefore huge sums of money couldn't be spent lobbying for idiotic bills that do nothing but good for them, but bad for us as customers. I'm all for free market, as long as the free market was actually allowed to work without companies like these scheming in the background with their huge bags of money and undesirable machinations. I'm seriously at a loss for a solution otherwise.

Wireless needs to be separated from the wireline side. AT&T and Verizon are spending tons of cash on wireless at the cost of ignoring the wired side. It would be best if the wire side was a separate company.

openbox9
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reply to The Limit

If we're concerned about service, the most economical solution is to deem the last mile a utility, with requisite regulations and guaranteed profits for the utilities. If we're concerned about competition, the most economical solution is to maintain a centrally owned infrastructure, spreading the costs across everyone, and leasing access to providers. If we're concerned with unfair influence within the beltway, we need to impose limits on campaign contributions. I don't foresee any of these scenarios playing out anytime soon. Given that none of these scenarios are likely, I'd suggest our best option is to promote WISPs and encourage new WISPs to enter markets through easing spectrum licensing requirements and making capital available to those with solid business plans.