Re: When Laws Like This Pass
said by nasadude:try a couple of centuries.
it hasn't been us for a couple of decades.
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Re: what arguments
said by SLD:Really? I thought those people were R's...
Ha! The same people who argue that gov't shouldn't get involved are trying to get the gov't involved by passing this bill.
"Time Warner Cable also wasn't helped by the fact that the chief proponent of their latest bill, Rep. Ty Harrell (D-Raleigh), ultimately resigned after an ethics investigation into his campaign finances...
This years push for anti-consumer legislation comes courtesy of Senator Daniel G. Clodfelter (D-Mecklenburg County). He reportedly wants a moratorium on all municipal broadband deployments on the alleged basis that these are bad for the private sector and will harm state tax revenue."
Fast. Cheap. Safe.
Re: what arguments I wouldn't say we're letting them get away with it. We have no choice. There are very few ways to get high speed connectivity... the phone line (AT&T DSL), or cable (TWC). "Directway" is a very bad joke. Wimax (Clearwire) is spotty, expensive, and slow. And cellular data plans are extremely expensive and heavily restricted -- if you think Comcast's 250G is low, look at the fine print with AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.
I remember the days of dialup. There was significant competition. Anyone could be an ISP; nobody was standing in the way. We had good customer service and lowering prices.
Today however, we have effectively no competition. There's an unspoken collusion amongst the ever dwindling number of providers. Customer service is simply gone -- outsourced to people who are more interested in getting paid than fixing your problems. Prices constantly go up. And service continues to circle the bowl. DSL is at the end of it's rope; and many people are finding themselves just beyond the end of that rope (no Uverse for them.) Most cable operators are continuing to pocket all of their ever increasing profits instead of upgrading their decade old technology. The "speed increase" trick of changing a number in a DOCSIS config file doesn't work anymore -- 30/10 is as high as you can set it, 'tho it's unlikely to be usuable at 10/1.
(even on a "Business class" cablemodem, 1M up is not sustainable in a residential neighborhood. At 3am I might be able to push 900k, but when people are awake... no way.)
Re: what arguments
said by battleop:You could probably just refer to this site -- »www.ftthcouncil.org/en
what arguments are the pro-fiber pushers using to fight the bill?
But there have also been multiple articles on this site alone talking about the pros over the cons and if I remember correctly there is even a guy who goes around speaking to councils around the nation talking about the pros of building their own FTTH network. Can't remember for the life of me what it was called but it was a few months back
AT&T, Slime Warner, Etc. Dear Telecommunications Companies,
I am a resident of Greensboro and I pay a monthly Bill to AT&T for internet service. I realize that this article focuses mostly on Slime Warner who I refuse to do business with. Currently, I do not even have cable because I will not do business with a company that charges too much and refuses to expand service to new areas. Governments should be able to do this on their own if they want to.
In 2009, the general assembly was petitioned by the incumbents to prevent local governments in NC from building their own networks. At the time, I was in Boone, NC in college. I wrote my local state representative and made sure my voice was heard. It obviously worked because the bill was shelved and my local state representative was in contact with me personally which was impressive at the time.
However, due to continued pressure from incumbents I must write my local state representative again and louder this time. Furthermore, I am now going to seek ways to cancel my AT&T internet service. I have already reduced my internet service to the slowest speed in protest due to AT&T and other incumbents' slow, expensive service. It is time that I sew my purse shut and cancel my service. I vote with my local representative and more importantly with my wallet. The strings are now tied off. When I said before that I wrote a representative and cut back my service to the minimum it meant that I really did that last year and that I am very serious now. I will reconsider service from the incumbents when the service is faster and reasonably priced for the service provided. I also will not reconsider service until AT&T, Slime Warner, etc. stop petitioning state and federal government to prevent local governments from building their own networks. Only then will I continue to forward my very hard earned money in a tight economy to a company that has a grin from ear to ear while they plot new ways to separate cash from consumers pockets.
Thank you for everyone's listening. I can only hope the incumbents read this forum.
John P. Keels