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Wolf in the Bayou
BellSouth and Lafayette continue feud
by Karl Bode 11:06AM Wednesday Jan 26 2005
Just one day after promising cooperation and a possible partnership, BellSouth sued to stop Lafayette, Louisiana from pursuing $125 million in revenue bonds to fund a triple-play fiber network (the focus of a recent USAToday article). They're the "proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing," argues one city leader. With the money BellSouth has spent on fighting the city's effort to get into the broadband business (lobbyists & lawyer fees, PR, etc.), they probably could have wired a significant part of the state, argues locals.

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ronpin
Imagine Reality

join:2002-12-06
Nirvana

Just do it


C'mon Lafy -- let's do it now.
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Fiber2home

join:2004-12-30
Lafayette, LA

Re: Just do it

Fiber2home

join:2004-12-30
Lafayette, LA

Re: Just do it

Shrank it too small to read...
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MonkeyPox4

join:2004-12-21
Lafayette, LA

Re: Just do it

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha! Bad thing is, it's only funny if you live here. Callier has finally been exposed for the crook that he always was, but the people of Opelousas are too stupid to see it & do something about it.

And those goth clowns from New Iberia... all I can say is, it must be something in the Iberia Parish water.

batageek
Slave To The Duopoly
Premium
join:2003-01-25

1 recommendation

How can it be any clearer?

Chicken sh*ts.....

"We don't want to provide it because you're not worth it to our shareholders. But you can't fix the problem yourselves either. That wouldn't be fair to us."

Love,

Your Friends at BellSouth (otherwise know as BS).
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»www.tricitybroadband.com
toeknee75

join:2005-01-26
Lafayette, LA

1 recommendation

Cox/BS = BULLYs

Bellsouth promised the people of Lafayette DSL/ADSL by the end of 1999. 6 Years later my part of town, Eraste Landry still does not have DSL. The best connection rate Bellsouth could offer me for my area was a whopping 28.8 dialup for 20 bucks a month. Funny thing is Cox Comm. is able to provide me Highspeed via cable.
I would love to see the city get into the market. At least would we see an even deployment of technology throughout the city and not just certain areas.
MonkeyPox4

join:2004-12-21
Lafayette, LA

Re: Cox/BS = BULLYs

I live by OLOL, and that's the ONLY reason my neighborhood has DSL. I cut the cord with BS last March, went cellular & cablemodem through Cox, not that they're any better. The second LUS runs FTTH, I'll sign up.

I know this is a flawed analogy, but every time I've had an issue with utilities, LUS service has been quick, courteous & professional. I had my water meter fail last year, flooding my yard. 1 call to LUS, and the truck was there in less than 20 minutes. They fixed the leak and gave me nearly $100 in credit for the wasted water. Last time I had to contact BS, it took them 1 week, 6 phone calls & 3 truck rolls to correct a problem I had diagnosed before I called.

BS doesn't care about running high-speed to residential customers. All they care about is the profit margin from their commercial high-speed accounts.

ColdFiltered

join:2005-01-25
Atlanta, GA

Re: How can it be any clearer?

I think both are playing the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing. Why should the cable/telco operators continue to copperate if the city went around behind them to cintinue with their previous efforts to circumvent the franchises?

To me, it sounds like Bellsouth reacted to the city of Lafayette no wishing to accept cooperation and continued with their efforts to raise money for their own network.

Hope none of the people in Lafayette are stockholders in Bellsouth, or hanve funds based in part on them. I also hope the city officials have trained and qualified people, both technical and administrative, to handle a wid-area network. Y'all did check that out during those elections, right!?!

jhboricua
ExMod 2000-01
join:2000-06-06
Minneapolis, MN

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Re: How can it be any clearer?

said by ColdFiltered:

To me, it sounds like Bellsouth reacted to the city of Lafayette no wishing to accept cooperation and continued with their efforts to raise money for their own network.
Don't think so, otherwise there would be a mention of it by BS. This seems more like a case of BS right hand not knowing what the left hand was doing, or chosing to ignore it.
said by ColdFiltered:

Hope none of the people in Lafayette are stockholders in Bellsouth, or hanve funds based in part on them. I also hope the city officials have trained and qualified people, both technical and administrative, to handle a wid-area network. Y'all did check that out during those elections, right!?!
Do you honestly think the city officials are going to be the network admins???
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ColdFiltered

join:2005-01-25
Atlanta, GA

Re: How can it be any clearer?

said by jhboricua:

said by ColdFiltered:

To me, it sounds like Bellsouth reacted to the city of Lafayette no wishing to accept cooperation and continued with their efforts to raise money for their own network.
Don't think so, otherwise there would be a mention of it by BS. This seems more like a case of BS right hand not knowing what the left hand was doing, or chosing to ignore it.
said by ColdFiltered:

Hope none of the people in Lafayette are stockholders in Bellsouth, or hanve funds based in part on them. I also hope the city officials have trained and qualified people, both technical and administrative, to handle a wid-area network. Y'all did check that out during those elections, right!?!
Do you honestly think the city officials are going to be the network admins???
Of course not, but maybe someone brother or cousin. Point to the evidence where every muni endeavor came out a success. Marietta, Georgia failed, but that was because of poor administration in finances with an acute money-pocketing condition.

batageek
Slave To The Duopoly
Premium
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Re: How can it be any clearer?

Marietta never even offered residential services. they didn't offer a triple play.

They spent the bulk of their cash buying up long-haul to Atlanta.

Marietta did not have to sell. They chose to. This was a political move by a mayor that was against the concept, ran for office on that platform, and dumped it on the market.

And, from what I've heard, the company that did buy Marietta's plant kept all of the existing staff, primarily because of the good job they were doing.
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NervNick

@lft.bellsouth.ne
I work for a computer company in Lafayette. We had LUS run a fibre line from their main trunk to our office off of Ambassador Caffery. The speed is great with no problems yet in the aprox 6 months we have been using them. As far as who is running the show, they have been hiring local techs and some not local to head the operation. Some of the leg work and helpdesk positions are being filled by graduates of ULL.
BKWade

join:2004-07-29
Lafayette, LA
LUS has had a publicly owned fiber loop around Lafayette for better than 10 years now. I believe the support staff is going to be ok.

There is fiber running N/S on I-49 and E/W on I-10. Where do those Interstates meet? Lafayette. I don't really see a downside to the logistics of connecting it all to every business or home in the city/parish area if possible.

Price? WTH do you think Bellsouth or Cox would make us pay? And don't give me that BS about paying for services that not everyone gets to use. Look at your Bellsouth bill sometime and tell me how much of that money you think you as an individual actually cost that company in service.

There is also the ever-present talk about WiMax and WiFi and all those wonderful wireless alternatives we are not considering. Wireless has far more security, reliability, and scalability concerns than fiber does; not to mention the fact that supporters of that technology are having trouble getting it accepted in some of their key markets. Sure Intel is pushing some of it but if I had put as much money into a pet project as they have, I'd push it too!

Bottom line is, as usual, you don't like the idea? Don't buy the friggin service. Keep your Bellsouth DSL or Cox cable access. I'll take FTTH over those anytime.

jwsmiths4
Part Man, Part Mac
Premium
join:2003-10-25
Savannah, GA

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Re: How can it be any clearer?

Oops my bad - I mis-read your statements about wireless. Sorry.
Best of luck in getting FTTH!
Justin
LafayetteIT

join:2004-06-02
Lafayette, LA

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This is BS.

As a resident of Lafayette I would like to say to any Bellsouth representative/employee that reads these posts this....

Please stop trying to decide what’s best for our community based on your own profit margins. IF we were satisfied with the services you were offering us this wouldn’t be happening. But no you push back upgrades or don’t do them at all. We still have large amounts of the city is on DSL black out and you consistently screw us on our bills. I for one am personally glad I have canceled all service with your company just so I can feel better that my money has not been used to try and keep my city in the dark ages.

Pulling this after your big cooperation PR love fest has got to be one of the lowest things you company could have done and you should be ashamed to work for them.

Love,
A Citizen of Lafayette.

exocet_cm
Free at last, free at last
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join:2003-03-23
New Orleans, LA
kudos:3

Re: This is BS.

said by LafayetteIT:

As a resident of Lafayette I would like to say to any Bellsouth representative/employee that reads these posts this....

Please stop trying to decide what’s best for our community based on your own profit margins. IF we were satisfied with the services you were offering us this wouldn’t be happening. But no you push back upgrades or don’t do them at all. We still have large amounts of the city is on DSL black out and you consistently screw us on our bills. I for one am personally glad I have canceled all service with your company just so I can feel better that my money has not been used to try and keep my city in the dark ages.

Pulling this after your big cooperation PR love fest has got to be one of the lowest things you company could have done and you should be ashamed to work for them.

Love,
A Citizen of Lafayette.
When I lived in Lafayette BellSouth was BullSh*t!
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Seti@Home & Seti@Boinc

Octopussy2
Premium
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Batavia, IL
.....But Bellsouth won't stop the garbage. They won't stop the low blows. And Cox has joined them in the lawsuit. This is all too familiar and I am getting flashbacks »www.tricitybroadband.com. A cable co. and Bell joining together to fight a muni from providing their residents with a CHOICE for services.

In 2003's referendum in the Tri-Cities SBC trucks drove around with "Don't gamble with our tax dollars" signs on them courtesy of Comcast. Politics and money make strange bedfellows.

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It's muni-licious! »www.tricitybroadband.com

ColdFiltered

join:2005-01-25
Atlanta, GA
It is amusing that residents think Bellsouth, their resident ILEC, is spending money on infrastructure in their city. I guess this is just another ignorance is bliss situation.

I really wonder what folks would do in the United States if the ILECs all closed up shop. I also hope that the Lafayette folks are able to watchdog their elected officials as well as the SEC watches publically traded companies.

Best of luck to all of you.
nasadude

join:2001-10-05
Rockville, MD

Re: This is BS.

said by ColdFiltered:

I really wonder what folks would do in the United States if the ILECs all closed up shop.
that would be wonderful. without the drag of these dinosaurs we would have a chance of catching up to the rest of the world leaders in broadband.

ColdFiltered

join:2005-01-25
Atlanta, GA

Re: This is BS.

said by nasadude:

said by ColdFiltered:


I really wonder what folks would do in the United States if the ILECs all closed up shop.
that would be wonderful. without the drag of these dinosaurs we would have a chance of catching up to the rest of the world leaders in broadband.
I'm not following you, here. There is no law, federal or otherwise, preventing an entrepeneur from spending billions of dollars on their wholely owned and operated network, and in turn kissing off any competition from trying to access it.

Octopussy2: I never suggested they would, but I can 'imagine'. Let's all pretend that instead of a day without Mexicans (remember that movie?), what it would be like if one day all ILECs shut down service, lock stock and barrel, for a day.

I would necessarily say these companies are cherry picking. I see quite a few neighborhoods in my area in low-income homes, apartments, etc. that are being served. The majority of the fiber, DSL muxes, ATM switches, and entire data core came after the divestiture, not before.

Both the major cable companies and LECs (both RBOCs and non-RBOCs) spent billions during the late 1990's and into about 2002 until the tech economy fell out. As a stockholder, this is evident in the billions of dollars that were spent. Yet, this get's ignored, or worse its porttrayed as assets that were in existence prior to the bell divestiture.

And the spend, while haven been relaxed the past two years due to the economy and product acceptance slowdown (as a result of the overall economy), the future is a completely new network by most of the RBOCs as they expand their offersing in products and services to better compete with the cable and satellite industries.

As a result, major networks are being deployed, not revised or updated. Can you imagine the cost involved with deploying several hundred edge routers along with several thousand next-generation brodband muxes? We are not talking a measely $125 Million in investment, but rather something much, much larger.

And if the RBOCs and cable companies are so bad then why do so, so many support them, but as subscriber and as stockholder? There are pleny of unbound solutions for CLECs and Muni's can use, and as always its a commonsense thing for a city resident to deduce in whether or not the ILECs and Cableco's are telling the truth or not.

Not suggesting one is any more wrong/right than the other, but trying to look at things objectively, from a particular frame of reference. BTW, how much do you think the RBOCs will spend in the next 2-4 years on IPTV in order to compete with the cable and satellite industries?

So, yea, they may be looking at the $/port, but if they focued only on middle and upper class cherries you are kidding yourself. The bulk of the population in number of hoursholds is not in line with your point. Personally, I look to the future.

And keep in mind there were failed instances of Muni brodband, as well as successes. All I want is that the people paying for network X to realize this. Marietta, Georgia was one such failure, and wasn't ILEC intervention.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: This is BS.

The only reason that you hear about the failed Muni-broadband networks is because that's what the people and companies against them want you to hear. Nothing regarding success of any of them.

That's like you keep bringing up Marietta, Georgia. That's one city out of how many that have actually did this. And as far as the the the ILECs cherry picking for the FTTH deployment, that's what they're going to do. They don't care about middle class families or anyone else but the rich. As long as it makes them the buck that's what they'll do. It's not what the customer wants its what the company wants. If a customer wishes and can pay for a service why shouldn't they be served just as the rich or a cherry picked city or neighborhood just because their area doesn't meet the standards that were set by the stockholders that they think how much money everyone has.

As for cities wishing to spend their tax money as they wish they should. Its their money. If the public doesn't want to support it. Tell them to move. but when they want a service that the Muni offers tell them to touch sh*t go to the ILEC or cable company.

Octopussy2
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Batavia, IL

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Marietta was actually not "a failure". It was ebitda positive when it was bought by a private industry company. Munis, as you know, work on a different business model- they only have to break even. Marietta was on schedule to break even in a few more years. In fact, when the business was bought, all employees were kept on. Is that a sign of a failed business?

The mayor did not have to sell the muni fiber system (which only served businesses BTW, and only was an ISP) but chose to sell the system at a loss because he didn't believe govt. belonged in the private sector. He ran on that platform. So, the muni utility did not fail, it was sold by the mayor at a loss because of his beliefs, and if he would've let it remain, it would've had a positive cash flow in about 2 years.

There are over 620 muni run infrastructures in place according to the APPA website. Some muni's offer cable, some internet, some phone, some the triple play, some just own the infrastructure and act as the wholesalers. Whatever model it is, the point is, munis should have the right to own their own infrastructure. Communities should have the right to govern their communities, and provide for them, the way they see fit. And ILECs should not have the right to stand in their way.

And you are kidding yourself if you don't think SBC isn't cherry picking with their new Project Lightspeed. They have broken down their market projections down into three customer markets: high value (income), medium value (income), and low value (income). They only plan to serve 5% of the low value (income) neighborhoods. Check out the pie graphs in their SBC Investor updates. If that ain't cherry picking than what is?
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nasadude

join:2001-10-05
Rockville, MD
I don't really want to get into it here why I think the ILECs are dinosaurs. You need to go to teletruth or someplace similar and read up on the history of the RBOCs. Some of the regulatory regime they have endured over the years is not entirely their fault, but the simple truth is they were monopolies once and they are basically monopolies again.

Monopolies by nature tend to not innovate or reduce prices or treat their customers right - why should they, you have no other choice (BTW, having a choice between one cable provider and one ILEC in NOT competition). The legacy copper networks were built with customer money - there was absolutely no risk to the original RBOCs for building out the copper network.

As for deployment of networks, I still can't DSL and I will be surprised if I get fiber in less than 5 years (and I live in a county where they are deploying).

Octopussy2
Premium
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Batavia, IL
Do you really think the ILECs are just going to close up shop? With the wholesale line rate increases they have been ramming through in states everywhere competition for any local service is drying up and packing it in. They are consolidating and becoming more and more powerful.

Look, since ILECs like SBC and Bellsouth want to cherry pick and only serve medium income and high income markets when/if they upgrade networks in an area somewhere at some time near you (maybe 5 or 10 years from now), what gives them any right to fight communities who are trying to provide vital infrastructure for their residents and businesses as a choice for services? Why should any community be beholden to a Bell or a cable company and have to get their permission to do anything?
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nasadude

join:2001-10-05
Rockville, MD

Re: This is BS.

said by Octopussy2:

Do you really think the ILECs are just going to close up shop?....
I wouldn't think in a million years the ILECs would close up shop voluntarily, but it would be nice if they just disappeared and left the infrastructure behind. Then we could start over and do this in a logical, sane way that benefits everyone, including customers. For the most part right now, broadband is just being treated as a big money machine by the incumbents and I don't think they particularly care if the U.S. is being left in the dust by most other developed countries.

BTW, I absolutely agree that cities, towns and municipalities should have the right to develope their own broadband solutions, including building the infrastructure.

Octopussy2
Premium
join:2003-03-30
Batavia, IL

Re: This is BS.

Right on!

Of course they don't care if we are #13th in the world or #55 for that matter. As long as they get paid a lot of money they could care less if our kids grow up to be morons, if a digital divide exists, etc....
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nasadude

join:2001-10-05
Rockville, MD
said by LafayetteIT:

A Citizen of Lafayette.
Dear Citizen,

We don't care what you think of us, it's our way or the highway. Thanks to our friends in the FCC and state and federal legislatures, we have our monopoly back and can do anything we want. If you don't like it, go fvk yourself.

Sincerely,

BellSouth

Disclaimer: this is a simulated response and did not come from a real BellSouth employee. However, it is believed that if an honest response were provided by BS, it would be something like the above.
flushls

join:2004-11-02
Joyce, WA

Re: This is BS.

This is NVTS "nuts" thats right NVTS "nuts".

Flushls
LafayetteIT

join:2004-06-02
Lafayette, LA
quote:
Dear Citizen,

We don't care what you think of us, it's our way or the highway. Thanks to our friends in the FCC and state and federal legislatures, we have our monopoly back and can do anything we want. If you don't like it, go fvk yourself.

Sincerely,

BellSouth

Disclaimer: this is a simulated response and did not come from a real BellSouth employee. However, it is believed that if an honest response were provided by BS, it would be something like the above.
Oh I have no delusions that this post will actually matter more then to have me feel better. I goto the city council meetings and know as much as anyone else about the project at this point. The local BS people have heard my voice before already. It's reaching out to people like you and others that post here that truely matters at this point. Letting the rest of country know what is going on here is my goal. Well that and getting hired onto the project . If you work for LUS email me. LafayetteIT@gmail.com
Kearnstd
Space Elf
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Mullica Hill, NJ
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Build it anyway and tell bellsouth, cox, their lawyers and the judge to blow it out their collective asses. when the community wants something an the corperate world wont provide it then the community has the right to provide the service. sometimes a foot has to be put down no matter what is said to stop progress.
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ossito16

join:2004-07-31
Whiting, IN

Finally....

Organize and GO FOR IT LAFAYETTE! I have been waiting to see this happen for a long time. I hope the citizens will get organized, get some lawyers to do some pro-bono work. Huge publiicty for them anyways beating the telcos. This could be the shot heard across the country.
The 'people vs corp america' should be the headlines. Fight back by all means possible, not just court room. Best non-lethal weapon is a laptop loaded with Knoppix-STD, an Orinoco Gold card, and high db antenna. You can be blocks away from any target, ooops I mean AP. Go to local spy shops and browse the goodies at your disposal. I wonder what the BS execs have to say in the privacy of their home. Organize, organize, organize and you WILL win this first battle.
lesopp

join:2001-06-27
Land O Lakes, FL

Re: Finally....

Put it to the voters.

Word it so a no vote means no the the muni, yes to a monthly incumbent opposition cost recover fee ($5 residential and $20 non residential) and it establishes a local IT overlord. The fee stays in place until there is enough to do what the bonds were going to do. A yes vote means yes to the muni and no to the monthly incumbent opposition cost recover fee.

Either way you get what you want, one way just takes longer. Kind of a "heads I win, tails you really have to compete now" response to the last mile providers.
the niTz
Premium
join:2004-07-05
Sahuarita, AZ

hope

i hope they beat cox and BS and make a fiber wan power to them, i wish my area would do something like this but they would probably get paid out faster then they could say yes

Daarken
Rara Avises
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Southwest LA
kudos:3

Wolf in the Bayou - Typical

I grew up in Lafayette, LA. and yes, I can definately agree with them about BellSouth and thier lack of care for us the customers.
Cox on the otherhand, is a little better, but for the most part its a corporation that is out to make money over people and charge alot for nothing.
And hello to you my old friend ToeNee.

atuarre
Here come the drums
Premium
join:2004-02-14
Conroe, TX

This is BS

Blah - Bellsouth cannot get Louisiana, one of their key markets, wired for ADSL. There are still significant portions of the state, including Lake Charles, that cannot receive DSL. Cox can get you the speed, but why make the customer pay decent rates for the service when you can charge them twice/thrice the price?

I welcome the muni's into the market simply because competition can only benefit the customer. Bellsouth has been the ILEC for Louisiana for a long time, yet they do not even offer fiber here. I heard a rumor, and I do not know if it is true because I have not had the opportunity to investigate; but Cameron Communications out in Cameron Parish (a Henning owned company) offers their customers TV and Internet access through fiber. CCC is in no way as large as Bellsouth, but if the rumor is true that their customers in Cameron can get fiber, then I find it ridiculous that Bellsouth cannot even deploy ADSL. You have two choices where I live, dialup, or ISDN.

Cox has been working on their fiber network here for a long time, but they overcharge for these speeds, which is ridiculous.

Just like the long distance companies wouldn't change rates until they had too (when the cell phone companies came in), so shall it be with these telco's. The rates won't drop until competition starts to affect their customer base. When they start losing subscribers, and it really starts to impact their revenue, then they may possibly make the changes neccessary to satisfy their customers.

All4Fiber

@cox.net

Re: This is BS

It's still a while coming. We have alot of hurdles to face. First is this lawsuit from BS, which could drag out. Then we have to deal with a silly petition that a group of government conspiracy theorists is putting together. They're using misinformation and sympathy to get signatures by telling outright lies about fiber technology, and bringing their kids door to door with them. After we get past those issues, and I'm thinking we most likely will, it should be a go.
Fiber2home

join:2004-12-30
Lafayette, LA

Lafayette residents get it

I live in Lafayette and can tell you that the Lafayette residents get it. They want a FTTH network. Stickers like these are starting to pop up all all over town.






There is another one which says "Get out of our way" -





Two great blogs to checkout are:
»www.lafayetteprofiber.com
»lusftth.blogspot.com

They have been archiving news and making commentary for months.

Shadow01
Premium
join:2003-10-24
Wasteland

Muni not going to win this one

Just want to throw this out... If the copper network was paid for with money earned as a monopoly, why have I read comments that feel broadband should be transported over a regulated network?

Posted by nasadude...Monopolies by nature tend to not innovate or reduce prices or treat their customers right - why should they, you have no other choice (BTW, having a choice between one cable provider and one ILEC in NOT competition). The legacy copper networks were built with customer money - there was absolutely no risk to the original RBOCs for building out the copper network.

Another felt that the ILECs should fold up and leave their networks intact for someone else to use... Either these companies need to be kept as monopolies and fully regulated and out of any competitive products along with keeping others from infringing on these monopolized services or they need to be allowed to fully move into the competitive market with no restrictions. Sorry, but most of you want your free marked priced broadband with government forced service areas. Hard to work both sides and come out winning. This argument is no different than saying a small town of 4,000 people are entitled to have a local walmart to shop in, rather than having to drive 30 miles to the closet store. I vote we completely unregulate the entire telecom side. If you insist on the ILECs not using the old copper networks under the new platform, then you can wait for your services until the new completely unregulated network is installed and ready for use. By the way, what company are you going to hold as the 'provider of last resort' so no one will be denied service?

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Y2KickIT

join:2003-06-29
Mcminnville, OR

The future of ILECs

ILECs are dinosaurs, but not just because they are slow to innovate and want to keep the old business models.

All networks are becoming too expensive to operate. They no longer have much differentiation, networks used to be unique. They have become a commodity. Now they are all about the same no matter what service they transport. The margins have also disappeared.

If you work for a telco you know the new mantra is "solutions," managed services, and equipment sales. They make little money by pushing bits over the network.

The best way to make money in wireless is to be a MVNO, a Mobile Virtual Network Operator. You have no network, you just get wholesale access with a white label contract and sell it as your own. Low risk and investment, nice upside.

The transoceanic cables were too expensive for one company. Soon you will see the national telcos merge networks for the same reasons.

The access network is a unique issue, it only serves one customer. It is not possible to do the same thing here. But then you are captive to one company and what it chooses to invest in you, or not. This impacts your economic future and quality of life, something that should be controlled locally.

Access networks are local infrastructure. The solution is national divestiture of access networks, both ILECs and MSOs (cable companies). These companies would become competing service providers connected to the divested access networks.

Like the national highways, federal funding for FTTP as a national infrastructure should be part of divestiture. It is an investment not only to keep the US competitive with what other countries are doing in broadband, and the potential for future economic and social benefits, but it can be considered a national security initiative (just as the highways were).

Even without terrorists, bird flu or some other virulent strain is likely to cause a global pandemic. Countries like South Korea will be able to keep functioning with the new broadband enabled infrastructure where telecommuting and video conferencing are commonplace.
MrBentor

join:2003-02-18
Seattle, WA

Re: The future of ILECs

So, what happens, since or if the voters voted this thing in, and the judge blocked it, the city just ignores the judge and builds it anyway. Surely 51% of the voters can ovveride the court... There is not much they can to. Fines? City just says we refuse to pay and don't not much you can do to an entity. Period. Looks like the incumbant had their chance.