|reply to karlmarx |
Re: It's CLEANING HOUSE time at the FCC
Yea, I agree. The internet should be free. It's a shame people expect to make a profit on a utility. /sarcasm
Everyone wants everyone else to give them everything for free.
|reply to N3OGH |
Re: Not much will change...
said by N3OGH:
Americans like divided government. Things will slow down in Washington for a while, and that's probably a good thing...
I'm all for divided government. Each party has its problems. I can't stand many of the Repubs in Washington right now, but I also think many of the Dems are truly embarassments to the county and hard to take seriously (like our friend KarlMarx.)
But checks and balances have been sorely lacking these past few years, and I'm glad we're getting back to that. I actually hope the Dems DON'T win the Sentate (though it's looking like they may) just to keep Congress divided.
|reply to Alpine |
Re: It'll definitely be interesting...
I agree if it wasn't the telcos but in my opinion, Business 101 only works if there's true competition. We can argue all day long about cable providing TV competition to the telcos but as regulated monopolies, the telcos have a guaranteed position that will fund losses for years until they either give up their video quest (leaving the cable monopoly) or gain a foothold.
That's not business 101 at work. That's massive, government-guaranteed corporations attempting to extend their reach.
The same thing goes for the cable folks. In areas under served by DSL, they are the only broadband choice. To allow them to exploit that monopoly based on the data's purpose goes against everything Business 101 believes.
If we had true competition, Business 101 would say net-neutrality is unnecessary government oversight. Since we don't have true competition, I don't think Business 101 applies.
|reply to NyQuil Kid |
Re: The Only Difference between Reps and Dems...
There is no difference. Politician is a Politician. Just new people lying to us for the next 4 years.
It'll definitely be interesting...
Karl asks "goodbye national franchises?" We shall see. I'm all for anything that will speed up next-gen deployment, and I can't see how continuing to require local franchises will do that. I understand the "cherry-picking" concern, but disagree with it. Telcos are private businesses; they should be able to deploy to profitable areas first - that's simply Business 101 and the government should have no authority over that. They'll eventually deploy to everyone - their desire for continuous growth demands it.
I don't see this having too much of an impact on the ATT/BellSouth merger, except for some of the usual cage-rattling. The merger has a good bit of bi-partisan support, especially in the South, so it'll pass sooner rather than later.
The net-neutrality boogeyman will be interesting to watch. Though nothing has happened yet and I think it's ridiculous to legislate a so-far non-existant problem, I'm sure the Dems will do some pandering and try to force through some laws. If they even care one way or the other... It's not like the Dems understand broadband any more than the Republicans did. They just have some different lobbyists.
For me, the change is good because it was relatively moderate Dems that got them over the top. Hopefully that will balance the far-left among them. They'll lose every gain they made in many states if they veer over to high taxes and socialism.
NyQuil Kid8f The Nyquil Kid
The Only Difference between Reps and Dems...
...is that at least Republicans _admit_ to being a**holes. Thanks, but I'd rather take a greedy GOP than a hypocritical Dem any day.
[8F] The NyQuil Kid