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Cable Demands FCC 'Reform'
And by reform they mean leave them alone
by Karl Bode 04:02PM Tuesday May 15 2007
IP Democracy points out that the cable industry is calling for a reform of the FCC because the agency sided against cable execs on issues such as "a la carte" TV pricing, ownership caps, indecency and more. According to the NCTA, there's such "intense competition and innovation" in the industry at the moment (they cite BPL as part of this competition) that the FCC should leave the market alone in all but the most extreme of situations. The NCTA's entire speech is here.

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reply to MadMANN3

Re: "Leave the market alone...." ??

said by MadMANN3:

...Um, can you cite examples?
Examples? Sure. How about refusal to interconnect until required to do so with CLECs by the Telecom Act of 1996? How about refusal to interconnect with VoIP providers until forced to do so by the FCC? How about reversing the original Reed Hundt driven competition rules on "unbundled network elements", "pick and choose", and the "statement of generally available terms"?

Or should I go back a few years further and mention when they tried to prohibit phone book covers (which covered their own ads with someone else's) as "illegal attachments to the network"? Or the days when they referred to unbundled switching as "penetrating the network"?

Or maybe I should go back a few decades to when they refused to interconnect with the original independents and some towns had two, unconnected, telephone networks?

Additionally, you may refer to both the Western Electric anti-trust settlement of 1956 or the ATT Divestiture Decree of 1982 (a/k/a the "MFJ" for "Modification of Final Judgment" as it modified the '56 result) for an additional litany of acts of unfair competition.

In comparison, the various efforts of the cable companies to forestall competition (including both attempts to keep channels off satellites and to force telco video to negotiate local franchises) make the cable guys look like pathetic pikers in the competition squashing game.

VoIP--the death knell of remaining voice monopolies!