New FCC Boss Again Promises Intense Focus on Competition
"Competition is our fundamental national economic policy," new FCC boss Tom Wheeler stated in a speech given yesterday
at Ohio State University. "I will not hesitate to invoke the full authority granted to us by Congress to protect competition, and I will not hesitate to use the full authority granted us by Congress where competition is not available to secure the public interest through the promotion of competitive markets," insisted Wheeler.
The FCC has historically paid a lot of empty lip service to broadband competition, and while Wheeler is saying all the right things
, the proof of this dedication will of course be in action, not words.Update
points to a Q&A Wheeler held
after the speech in which he effectively gave the green light to usage-based broadband pricing, the new FCC boss insisting need to let the imposition of caps and per GB overages "evolve":
Wheeler said that “we are seeing the market evolve in such a way that there will be variations in pricing, there will be variations in service.”
He added: “I am a firm believer in the market. I think we’re also going to see a two-sided market where Netflix might say, ‘Well, I’ll pay to make sure that my subscriber receives the best possible transmission of this movie.’ I think we want to let those kinds of things evolve, and we want to observe what happens from that and we want to make decisions accordingly. I go back to the fact that the marketplace is where these decisions ought to be made, and the functionality of a competitive marketplace dictates the degree of regulation."
Granted Wheeler doesn't appear to acknowledge that the implementation of caps and overages on fixed-line networks (services that are increasingly less expensive to provide) is something that's predominately taking root in the uncompetitive markets
Wheeler professes to dislike.
Protect... How about encourage some not just protect.
Here are the options at my house...
3. Time Warner
As far as I'm concerned that is not the picture of competition.
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| |IowaCowboyIowa nativePremiumReviews:
True Competition True Competition is where you pay Comcast for data transport and the actual content (ISP side) is left to third party providers. That means Comcast's end of the bargain begins at the network interface device and ends at the CMTS. The modem, inside wiring, and everything else is between the customer and their ISP. And all Comcast gets is the actual cost of data transport.
It was nice back in the '90s when we had a choice of ISPs. Everyone had AOL or MSN. Then there were thousands of local ISPs. The economy was booming. The '90s were my heyday; I was a kid in school, the internet was the latest and greatest, we had real friends we physically hung out with after school, and bullying was limited to the schoolyard. Having been a victim of bullying, what I went through was nothing compared to what kids are doing to each other online. And for the grown ups back then, work ended when you punched out at the end of the shift, none of this being tied to clients 24/7 via a smartphone/E-mail.
I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
I have not and will not cut the cord.
| |linicxCaveat EmptorPremiumReviews:
Competition I'm still waiting for FCC to define 'COMPETITION. I think it is a great idea. I think is a goal. But there is a twist and a gotcha!
The original Communication Act assured America our telephones worked from coast to coast over a million miles of copper lines. And it did 99.9% of the time. There was little background noise, cross-over conversation, or dropped calls. It just worked and it was relatively inexpensive.
Then came cable and public internet, file sharing, content theft, streaming music, cell phones, streaming movies, and cell phones to watch full length movies and football games. And the phone companies continued to keep America connected.
By the 21st century most of the major phone companies sold off the mid and small markets; they weren't profitable. Rural markets wanted reliable phones and a reliable internet. We were given rural phones and PR spin in the form of dial up over copper via slow modems.
Most of rural America has internet in some form .. that is if you consider 1.5/.256 fast, reliable internet for business and schools. And home.
The only competition is in the vigorish. The top tier companies do not serve rural America. It is left to second tier telco and mom and pop. Phone duopoly is common. One sells landline the other cable. They are both phone companies but only the landline provider is charged with maintaining connectivity to the rest of the world. The other telephone gets a free pass because the VoIP phone which works poorly on low uplink rides on cable.
The old battle of US v Them where AT&T was allowed to call the shots in the 80s hasn't changed. These companies still hang onto their protected territories and do not allow anyone except their partner (Verizon and ? cable company) to share the territory). So even if you want the AT&T landline you can't have it if you don't live in a protected AT&T area. Even then, your neighbor across the street might have it, but you won't. You live on the wrong side of the street.
FCC is blowing smoke. There will be competition but you will continue to pay more for less. This is why your $10 landline costs $60. It won't get any better until all of America is treated fairly, and telco who delivers cable phone is treated like the real phone company it really is.
Every internet provider should be required to give a 2Mbps minimum uplink to every customer even with the lowest package, and even with naked net, to assure every cable phone and every DSL telco phone works 95% of the time from coast to coast.
Telco killed POTS while congress and FCC pockets were filled to overflowing.
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